Looking to put together the ultimate playlist of songs about bicycles? Here's a list of bicycle songs you may, or may not, know about.
Best Songs To Do With Bicycles
The bicycle is an iconic mode of transport and has been celebrated in all forms of art. Songs are no exception, and there's a surprising amount of songs about bicycles and riding bikes.
Some of the best songs about bikes are by artists and groups you may have heard of. Others are more obscure songs may have escaped your notice, but are well worth a listen.
It's an eclectic mix of songs, ranging from pop to punk and blues to hip-hop. Add them to a playlist and put on the headphones the next time you're doing some indoor bike training!
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1. “Bicycle Race” by Queen
This is probably the most famous song about bicycles. It's the second single from Queen's 1978 album Jazz and features heavy drums and guitars that are equal parts funky and rock.
The musical score of Queen's Bicycle Song is unmistakably joyous and uplifting. It's a feel-good anthem that celebrates the bicycle's liberating power. As are the lyrics:
“I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like”
Check it out on YouTube: Bicycle Race
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2. “Bicycle Song” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Not many people know about this one, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Bicycle Song is a great ode to biking. This bluesy-rock track was an extra track only available through iTunes on the 2002 album ‘By the Way'.
Favorite lines? It has to be:
“How could I forget to mention
The bicycle is a good invention”
Check it out on YouTube: Bicycle Song
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3. “Daisy Bell” by Harry Dacre
You might better know this song as “A bicycle built for two”. This song has been performed by many artists over the years, but its origin dates back to 1892 when Harry Dacre wrote it.
The song is about a young man who wants to take his sweetheart out for a ride with him on a tandem bicycle built for two. It's an enduring classic with great lyrics that celebrate the joy of cycling:
“It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage,
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two!”
Check this recording from 1894 (yes, you did read that right!) on YouTube: Daisy Bell
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4. “My White Bicycle” by Nazareth
Nazareth never really got the recognition they deserve, but this 1975 predates Queen's Bicycle Song, and may have inspired Freddie Mercury's anthem.
It's an upbeat rock track with great riffs that just make you want to ride your own bike and sing along.
“The rain comes down but I don't care
The wind is blowing in my hair
Seagulls flying in the air
My white bicycle, my white bicycle”
Listen on YouTube: My white bicycle
5. “Bike” by Pink Floyd
Originally written in 1967, this is a track with psychedelic folk and blues influences, and a weird ending! Listening to this song made me think the Pink Floyd may have influenced Madness a little. (In fact, Madness had a b side of Driving in my car called Riding on my bike!)
“I've got a bike
You can ride it if you like
It's got a basket
A bell that rings
And things to make it look good
I'd give it to you if I could
But I borrowed it”
Listen to it on YouTube: Bike
6. “Silver Machine” by Hawkwind
But surely Silver Machine is about cosmic travel? Or is it? According to writer Robert Calvert it was a tongue in cheek reference to Alfred Jarrey essay called “How to Construct a Time Machine” which Calvert actually thought referenced a bicycle.
Do we care? No… As it's got Lemmy singing on it, I think it's an awesome bicycle song!
Watch on YouTube: Silver Machine
7. “Tour de France” by Kraftwerk
To some people, Kraftwerk's Tour de France is their signature tune. And rightly so. It celebrates the legendary cycling race and is full of catchy synthesiser sequences that just make you want to ride faster! Originally released in 1983, the song is miles ahead of its time, and the band Kraftwerk were hugely influential in creating the sound of ‘electronica'.
Watch on YouTube: Tour de France by Kraftwerk.
8. “Broken Bicycles” by Tom Waits
This melancholic track is a bitter sweet remembrance of heartache and the passage of time. Probably a song to listen to on a warm down after a workout rather than listening to when riding a bike!
Old busted chains,
Rusted handle bars
Out in the rain.”
Listen on YouTube: Broken Bicycles by Tom Waits
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9. “Nine Million Bicycles” by Katie Melua
While not technically a bike song, it does have to word bicycles in the title, so I put it in the list anyway!
A nice little tune, again perhaps more suited to a warm down rather than a bike riding.
Listen on YouTube: Nine Million Bicycles
10. “The Bike Song” by Mark Ronson & The Business International
Mark Ronson's “The Bike Song” fit perfectly with a video campaign launched by Transport for London, showcasing celebrities on bicycles cycling their beloved places around the city.
And the chorus?
“Gonna ride my bike until I get home
Gonna ride my bike until I get home
Gonna ride my bike until I get home
Gonna ride my bike until I get home”
Watch the video on YouTube: The Bike Song
11. “The Pushbike Song” by The Mixtures
And let's finish this list with a great song from 197 – 1971. The Mixtures' Pushbike Song, reached number 1 in Australia and was a huge hit on the UK Singles Chart.
“A-round, round, wheels goin' round, round, round
Down up pedals, down up down
But I gotta get across to the other side of town
Before the sun goes down
Hey, hey, hey”
Listen on YouTube: The Pushbike Song by The Mixtures.
I hope you enjoyed this little list of bicycle tunes! Do you have any more songs to add? Let us know in the comments, and Happy Cycling!
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