Songs about trains, from the prosaic to the grand to the otherworldly
Many of the classic examples include some sort of vocal or instrumental imitation of a train whistle, or (particularly in country music) the galloping snare drum that imitates the chugging of a train.
has a list of train songs
Compare Dancing on a Bus
. See also Car Song
. Not to be confused with songs by the band Train.
- "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" from Sun Valley Serenade.
- "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe" from The Harvey Girls.
- "Night Train to Mundo Fine" from Red Zone Cuba.
- "Casey Junior" from Disney's Dumbo. It's about the train that hauls the circus around.
- In Crossroads, blues legend Willie Brown instructs his protégé, Eugene "Lightning Boy" Martone that nobody will take him seriously as a blues guitarist until he can "make the song of a fast train to nowhere, chugging along the tracks, come outta your guitar". The old man constantly rags on the younger for his 'train song" being far too smooth. It isn't until the end, when Martone has finally felt true heartbreak, that he gets it right.
- "This Train is Bound for Glory" (see below) gave Woody Guthrie the title for his autobiography Bound for Glory, and thus gave a title to the 1976 film about Guthrie, Bound for Glory. David Carradine, as Guthrie, sings the song.
- "The Enchanted Train" from Sitting Pretty.
- "Train to Johannesburg" from Lost in the Stars.
- "Leavin' for the Promise Lan'" from Porgy and Bess.
- "On the Twentieth Century" from On the Twentieth Century.