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    Hey! I’m writing an article on the best songs to mountain bike to and need some data! If you all could be so kind and would like to lend me your opinion…

    What are your favorite top three songs to listen to while you ride? (Artist + Song Title)

    Thank you for your responses!


    I don’t like to listen to music while riding but on the way to the trails I have a few must listens to get me ready:

    Show Me How to Live – Audioslave

    Only – Nine Inch Nails

    War Zone – Slayer



    I listen to a lot of Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam in my car while I’m on my way to the trail head, but once the keys are out of the ignition, it’s nothing but the rustle of leaves and tires. I can’t do music while I ride.


    I don’t have music when I ride, but in the car I got my JAZZ on!


    “If You Want My Body and You Think I’m Sexy” by Rod Stewart.

    Which is also the song I want played at my funeral, for the record.


    Once on the trail, it’s the “music” of creation only — the wind, the whispering pines, the scree and leaves under the knobbies, the melodies of song birds, cries of the red tail and golden eagle, the knocks of a woodpecker, the approaching thunder  … … too much to miss on the trail to put headphones in.  Before that it mostly a mix of bluegrass, old and new folk, indie folk, carefree country, country rock, and newer renditions of old hymns and gospel music.

    Too many old folk songs to name

    Anything Chris Thile

    Pretty much anything mandolin, fiddle, banjo, flat pic, dulcimer, and bass

    Calling out your Name, Creed, Peace, I’ll Carry on,  — Rich Mullins

    Free and Easy Down the Road I Go — Dierks Bentley

    I Want Crazy — Hunter Hayes

    Carolina in the Pine — especially bluegrass versions

    Pretty much anything from Home Free



    Hey Jenny, Let me throw a curve into your data collection.  I have several traditional Mongolian songs I like to listen to before I ride here.  Here is one that is a remix of maybe the most famous traditional song in Mongolia.  It is called “A Praise to the Altai Mountains”.  It is put to a bit more western melody.  This will introduce you to the very unique Mongolian Huumei (throat singing).


    Here is a more traditional version of the same song:






    Like most others I dont listen to music while I am riding trails, however I do use fast paced or hard hitting music to keep me going when I am training on steep fire roads.

    I songs that keep me going:

    “Sabotage”- The Beastie Boys ( more of a hauling a** song than grinding up a hill though)

    “Back In the saddle again”- Aerosmith

    “Paradise city”-G&R

    “Enima”-Tool (especially when I am feeling disappointed in the human race)

    “Eye of the Tiger”- Survivor ( just kidding)

    “Walk”- Pantera

    Just about anything from Rage Against The Machine.

    And I always like to start off any ride by jamming with my man Muddy Waters -Mannish Boy gets me fired up each and every time without fail.


    Thanks for tackling this list, I’ve been wanting to see something like this for a while now! The challenge is mountain bikers are a pretty diverse group of folks with different tastes in music genres, let alone artists and songs.

    My vote is for songs that have appeared in viral MTB videos, like Runaway by Houston from Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate video. Whenever I hear that song it reminds me of the video, which makes me want to ride like Danny!

    Interesting that many answers so far suggest 1990s alt rock. Is that just because a lot of us are Gen Xers here or because there’s something about that music that really connects to the glory days of MTB?


    I’m on who doesn’t listen to music on the trail.  Before and after is a different story.  Most often, I’m like arkinet above laying down some jazz jams on the way to the trailhead.  But I have very broad musical tastes, so it could also be anything from classic rock (The Who, Blackfoot, Foghat, Hendrix) to progressive rock/metal (Yes, Rush, Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Kansas) to heavy metal (Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath), blues (Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Johnny Winter) or even some Funkadelic.  After the ride, it’s likely to be mellower  (Dan Fogelberg, Moody Blues, Gordon Lightfoot) or classical (Haydn, Brahms, Dvorak), or even some new age (George Winston, Michael Gettel, Philip Aaberg, David Arkenstone) or Native American (R. Carlos Nakai, Jack Gladstone).


    Aquarius – fifth dimension

    Riders on the storm – Doors

    Hill Climbing, usually Keep Truckin – Grateful Dead.


    I usually listen to albums while riding, but these are a couple of favorite songs that come on while riding:

    Henchman Ride – Testament

    Hanger 18 – Megadeth

    Across the Sea of Madness – CAGE


    One Big Holiday – My Morning Jacket

    on repeat……


    Like most, only in car on way to TH:

    Deftones – Head Up

    Ice Cube – No Vaseline

    Anything from Alkaline Trio


    I don’t like to ride with earbuds in.  Constantly falling out, and I think it’s safer to be able to hear what’s around you.  That said, my ‘internal soundtrack,’ limited to a top-3 would be:

    Golden earing – Radar love

    Beastie boys – Sabotage

    Ram jam – Black betty


    I can’t stop pedaling while those songs are playing.  They turn climbs into rises.


    I have a playlist specifically for riding entitled “A bsolute f*ck-all devastation” (Separate “A” so it shows up and the top of my playlist offerings). It is an amalgam of hardcore punk, metal and noise at high speed, volume and nastiness compromising nearly 20 hours of music. Lots of stuff, but I like it all and it is all very energetic. Some examples…

    and a couple of oldies from when I was wee tot for good measure…

    All of these drive me to stomp on the pedals and destroy anyone riding in front of me…in the most affectionate sense, naturally. 😉


    Hello! I am a hard rock/metal head! Pop Evil, Amon Armoth, Shamans Harvest, Avenged Sevenfold, In This Moment, Slipknot ..the list can go on and on…I never listen while riding though messes my concentration so before and after a ride always! However I shoved the headphones in my ears one time a year or so ago while riding. There was this one switchback I just couldn’t get through no matter how I tried it. This time i made it like a champ as I was coming out the other side Slipknot was hammering in my ears the vocals went “a long time ago we discovered nothing could stop us…..” damn what a moment. Any other 50ish metal head mountain bikers out there?


    Motorhead: Crazy Like a Fox

    Judas Priest: Desert Plains

    Robert Calvert (Hawkwind): Ejection


    I don’t listen to music on the trails either, just to make sure I can hear anyone or anything (critters) that might be around.

    my mental prep

    New Orleans – Joan Jett… Or almost any Joan Jett, she still rocks.

    Reach for the Sky – Social Distortion

    any song by The Offspring


    If I can only pick 3…

    Moe.  “Rebubula”

    Deftones “Be quiet and drive”

    Foo Fighters “Everlong”

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