Big Wheels in the Moonlight

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"Big Wheels in the Moonlight"
Single by Dan Seals
from the album Rage On
B-side "Factory Town"[1]
Released September 1988
Genre Country
Length 3:54
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Bob McDill
Dan Seals
Producer(s) Kyle Lehning
Dan Seals singles chronology
"Big Wheels in the Moonlight"
"They Rage On"
"Big Wheels in the Moonlight"
"They Rage On"

"Big Wheels in the Moonlight" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Dan Seals. It was released in September 1988 as the second single from Seals' album Rage On. It peaked at number one, his ninth to do so. The song was written by Seals and Bob McDill.


The song -- one of many in country music to pay salute to the American truck driver -- is about a young man's childhood memories of watching semitrailer trucks travel along a nearby highway, listening at night to the roar of the trucks' diesel engines in the distance and dreaming one day of being a truck driver. The dream never comes to pass, as he begins a family and is working at other jobs, but still finds peace in envisioning the trucks in his mind, the trucks illuminated only by their lights and the moonlight of a clear evening.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Neil Abramson, and was one of three videos filmed specially for Seals' 1991 video compilation, A Portrait.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1988–1989) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 14
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 24
Preceded by
"Song of the South"
by Alabama
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

February 18, 1989
Succeeded by
"I Sang Dixie"
by Dwight Yoakam


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 372. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Dan Seals Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  3. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1989". RPM. December 23, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Best of 1989: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 

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