Trains have always been associated with country music because the popularity of country music began to grow when the railroad was still a transportation king. To this day if, I go by a set of train tracks or hear a lonesome whistle blow, I’m in a country state of mind.
5. “Runaway Train”
Just so you know that country songs about trains are as legitimate today as they were in years gone by, one of the hottest groups in country just released a new album with this song on it. It’s Little Big Town and “Runaway Train.” (Sorry for the low quality audio on this video– there’s not an official video for it yet).
4.”Orange Blossom Special” by Johnny Cash
A true train song that at one time was one of the most popular rail lines from the cold North to the warm South. The grit of Johnny’s voice and the charm of the fiddle make this song as romantic as the ride must’ve been itself.
3. “City Of New Orleans” by Willie Nelson
The song was written by Steve Goodman for Arlo Guthrie, but when Willie recorded it the song became a country classic.
2. “Long Black Train” by Josh Turner
Haunting, spiritual and romantic at the same time, this song established Josh Turner as a country singer/songwriter, and he’s been running like a fast bound train since.
1. “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash
“I hear that a train a comin’”…is as familiar a country line as, “he said I’ll love you till I die”, “hello walls” or “hello darlin.” Johnny Cash provided a song back in the sixties for every bar to cover since then and into the future.