Hotfox63, who is writing an excellent music blog, saw my previous post about songs for the road. He commended me for the compilation and – I assume jokingly – added he’s now waiting for the best train songs. While I found it much easier to create a playlist for the car, I thought it would actually be fun putting together a compilation of train-related tunes.
I’m not sure these are the best train songs, but I suppose the list below at least is a start. Since Hotfox63 lives in Europe, I figured there is a chance he might ride with the Bundesbahn. The federal railways of each Austria, Germany and Switzerland are called Bundesbahn. As such, I felt it was appropriate to include Der Bundesbahn-Blues, a cabaret song about the Austrian Federal Railways.
Now, don’t ask me about a plane or a ship list!:-)
People Get Ready/The Impressions (People Get Ready, 1965)
Locomotive Breath/Jethro Tull (Aqualung, 1971)
Peace Train/Cat Stevens (Teaser And the Firecat, 1971)
Long Train Runnin’/The Doobie Brothers (The Captain And Me, 1972)
The City of New Orleans/Arlo Guthrie (Hobo’s Lullaby, 1972)
Love Train/O’Jays (Back Stabbers, 1972)
Midnight Train to Georgia/Gladys Knight & The Pips (Imagination, 1973)
Train in the Distance/Paul Simon (Hearts and Bones, 1983)
Last Train/Mavis Staples (You Are Not Alone, 2010)
Der Bundesbahn Blues/Helmut Qualtinger (Schallplattl Vor’m Mund, 1956)
Sources: Wikipedia, YouTube