May is mental health month. Why is that important to a trucker? Because some 43.8 million people (or 1 in 5) in America experiences mental illness in a given year (nami.org). Many of those are make up the 3.5 million truck drivers that move our world from one place to another. But I don’t want to talk about the doom and gloom of statistics and all of that. Instead, there’s one thing I want to share with you about how you can help deal with stress while on the road: Music.
Music is a safe way to boost your mood. It can literally calm us, soothe us, energize, and stimulate us. Music often helps us to concentrate and yet take our minds away from the stressful stuff that goes on around us. So, here’s a list of great songs to listen to while on the road put together by SteeringYourHealth.com.
Roll On (18 Wheeler) — Alabama
- Told from the point of view of a truck driver’s children who just want him to, “Roll on daddy, ‘til you get back home.”
Give Me 40 Acres (To Turn This Rig Around) — Willis Brothers
- What else can you say to a cop who pulls you over for going the wrong way down a one-way street in Boston?
Tombstone Every Mile — Dick Curless
- Ever driven in Aroostook County, Maine? If you do, be careful driving through the Hainesville Woods.
Six Days on the Road — Dave Dudley
- Tells of the joys and hardships of being on the road and the glorious anticipation of getting back home again.
East Bound and Down — Jerry Reed
- A top-40 hit from the sound track to the classic trucker movie, Smokey and the Bandit.
Convoy — C.W. McCall
- This song helped popularize the CB craze of the 70’s and kept us on the lookout for “Bears”.
Truck Drivin’ Man — Boxcar Willie
- Written and recorded by Terry Fell in 1954, it’s been recorded by over 50 artists. We like Boxcar’s version.
Phantom 309 — Red Sovine
- A classic take on a popular ghost story theme.
I’ve Been Everywhere — Johnny Cash
- How many of these towns have you been to?
60,000 Pounds of Bananas — Harry Chapin
- A silly little song, the live version will have you tapping your fingers and laughing out loud.
Blue Highway — Billy Idol
- On having American pride on the big, long, “blue” highway.
Teddy Bear — Red Sovine
- A trucking tearjerker.