Country music gets us in the heart. Then again, it can get weird.
Country songs have a way of giving us the feels—whether it’s heartache, happiness, hope, or our favorite hound dog. Fast cars, big trucks, and back roads set the scene for many of these songs. Let’s take a drive through the rural refrains of some of country’s weirdest car and truck (and maybe a tractor) songs.
Released on 1994’s Third Rock From the Sun album, "Pickup Man" was written by Kerry Kurt Phillips and Howard Perdew. It begins with the narrator thinking twice before hauling a Barbie doll bed (in a toy truck) for the girl next door. After she tries to pay him with a kiss, he comes to realize that, “There’s just something women like about a pickup man.”
It’s Diffie’s longest-lasting number one hit. With lines like, "I met all my wives in traffic jams," and, "If it weren’t for trucks, we wouldn’t have tailgates," it may be on the weird side, but it’s still one of our favorites. If only for the romantic glow of the cargo lights.
As you can probably guess, the title to this one came about as a play on words. Written by Preston Brust, Chris Lucas, Chris Janson, and Danny Myrick, "Truck Yeah" is one of Tim McGraw’s highest-charting songs.
The opening scene of the video leads us to believe the song is about an 18-wheeler. But then a big ol' Silverado slides out the back of the trailer. The song gives a modern spin with lines like "Lil’ Wayne pumpin’ on my iPod," "redneck rockin’ like a rock star," and, "If you like it up loud and you’re hillbilly proud, then you know what I’m talking about." The phrases "Friday night football," "Saturday last call," and "Sunday Hallelujah" make the song more about living the country life than the actual truck, but hey, truck, yeah!
The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)
Misinterpretation always makes for a weirdly wonderful song. George Jones’ 1985 album Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes? included this hot little number. Written by Gary Lee Gentry, the song starts out with one guy talking to another guy (as things often go).
The older gentleman reminisces, "She was hotter than a two-dollar pistol," and, "turned every head in town." Sadly, though, "the man down at the bank took her from me." Thinking he’s talking about the Corvette in the parking lot, the younger guy hands him the keys, only to find out it’s the brunette in the Corvette that "reminds him of the one he loved back in 1963."
Back That Thing Up
Written by Jeremy Stover and Randy Houser and sung by Justin Moore, "Back That Thing Up" features a bit of country rap, a smidge of country rock, and a lot of innuendoes. The singer is trying to teach a city girl about life on a farm—milking cows, slinging hay bales, and driving a truck—while she’s dressed in pigtails, cutoffs, and cowboy boots. Lines like, "Throw it in reverse, let Daddy load it up," and, "Honey, back that thing up," give the song an even weirder stereotypical turn.
Big Ol' Truck
We’ve gone from trying to teach a girl to drive a truck to being envious over a girl’s truck. Written and sung by Toby Keith, "Big Ol' Truck" was released on the 1995 album Boomtown. We’re not sure whether he’s in love with the truck, the girl herself, or the fact that she can drive that big ol' 4-wheel drive (it’s 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide, by the way).
Envious over the "chrome steel bumpers and red side step," not to mention the bucket seats, Haggard hits, and In Your Wildest Dreams on the side, he hopes to someday take a ride. Right now, though, "she’s got it revved up, rocking and ready to go."
Gretchen Wilson with Josh Malter
That age-old dilemma of whose truck is better goes down in this lighthearted oddball number written by Jason Matthews, Stephen Mark Pasch, and Jayce Hein. The singers, Gretchen Wilson and Josh Malter, go back and forth with "My pickup runs on Tiger Blood and nitro," and "Mine makes yours look like a tin cup," and "I got more horses than anybody in this cow town." The song appears on Wilson’s 2013 album Right on Time.
She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy
If tractors don’t qualify as fodder for weird country truck song lists, I don’t know what does. Written by Jim Collins, Jr. and Paul Lester Overstreet, this weird homage to sexy farm equipment was released on Chesney’s 1999 Everywhere We Go album. It went to number 11 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
He’s "Plowin’ these fields in the hot summer sun" and here she comes with "A basket full of chicken and a big cold jug of sweet tea." "She isn’t into cars or pickup trucks – But, if it runs like a Deere, man her eyes light up." Need we say more?
Love ya, Kenny, but I gotta admit, I tuned in a little less regularly after this one. Thankfully, 2002’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems took a more coastal turn than a wacky rural route.
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Did we mention your favorite country car or truck song? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments.