Let It Ride (Bachman–Turner Overdrive song)

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"Let It Ride"
Takin' Care of Business single.jpg
Single by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
from the album Bachman-Turner Overdrive II
B-side "Tramp"
Released January 1974
Recorded 1973
Genre Rock
Length 4:27
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Randy Bachman, Fred Turner
Producer(s) Randy Bachman
Bachman-Turner Overdrive singles chronology
"Blue Collar"
"Let It Ride"
"Takin' Care of Business"

"Let It Ride" is a 1974 single by Bachman-Turner Overdrive, written by Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, with the latter providing lead vocals. It was first recorded for the 1973 album Bachman–Turner Overdrive II. The single peaked at #23 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on April 27, 1974[1] and spent two weeks at #14 on the Cash Box Top 100.[2] In Canada, the song reached #3.

The tune was inspired by a traffic jam. The band was in their tour bus, on a highway, and were boxed in by a couple of trucks. When the bus and the trucks reached a rest area, the musicians confronted the truck drivers, who responded by saying the band should take it easy and just let it ride.[3]

The song was covered by Canadian rock band Big Sugar on their 1998 album, Heated. It was also covered by Canadian country music group Farmer's Daughter on their 1998 album This Is the Life. Their version was released as a single in 1999 and peaked at #30 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.[4]

In 2015, Canadian heavy metal band Kobra and the Lotus covered the song on their first EP Words of the Prophets.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles charts[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
Canada RPM 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 23
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 [6] 14

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1974) Rank
Canada 57

Uses in popular culture[edit]

The song appears in the 2006 film Invincible. It also appears in the 2013 film Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.


  1. ^ "Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Chart History". billboard.com. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Interview track on King Biscuit: Bachman–Turner Overdrive, King Biscuit Flower Hour Records
  4. ^ "RPM Country Tracks". RPM. September 13, 1999. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Video: Kobra And The Lotus Covers Alannah Myles's 'Black Velvet' On 'Words Of The Prophets' Ep - Blabbermouth.net". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  6. ^ [2]

External links[edit]

  • [3], Let it Ride by Bachman-Turner Overdrive Songfacts