List of songs about bicycles

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Harry Dacre's "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" was a popular success

This is a list of songs about bicycles or cycling.

Bicycles became popular in the 19th century as the new designs of safety bicycle were practical for the general population, including women. By the end of that century, cycling was a fashion or fad which was reflected in the popular songs of the day. The most famous of these was "Daisy Bell",[1] inspired by the phrase "a bicycle made for two".[2] The vogue for cycling songs continued into the Edwardian era and modern examples continue to appear in the 21st century.[3]

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Title Author Year Comments
"The Acoustic Motorbike" Luka Bloom 1992
"A Bicicleta" Toquinho 1983 Album Casa de brinquedos.[4]
"La Bicicleta" Carlos Vives & Shakira 2016 [5]
"Bicycle" BC Unidos feat. Shungudzo 2017 From the EP Bicycle [6]
"Bicycle, Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle" Be Your Own Pet 2006 From the album Be Your Own Pet
"Bicycle Episode" J.M.Richards 1897 [7]
"The Bicycle Girl" Avery Oddfellow, F. W. Meacham 1895 [7]
"Bicycle Race" Queen 1978 [8]
"Bicycle Song" Red Hot Chili Peppers 2002
"La Bicyclette [fr]" Yves Montand 1968 [7] From the album La Bicyclette
"Les Bicyclettes de Belsize" Engelbert Humperdinck 1968 From the movie Les Bicyclettes de Belsize
"Bike" Pink Floyd 1967 [9]
"Biking" Frank Ocean 2017 Featuring, JAY Z and Tyler the Creator
"The Bike Song" Mark Ronson & The Business International 2010 [10]
"Bravo Eddy!" Jean Narcy 1969/1970
"C'mon Let Me Ride" Skylar Grey feat. Eminem 2012
"Cycling Is Fun" Shonen Knife 1984 From their album Yama-no Attchan
"Daisy Bell" Harry Dacre 1892 [7]
"Death Of An Old Bike" The Rosebuds 2014 [7]
"Dora Brown" Nelly Burt 1897 [7]
"Eddy Est Imbattable!" Pierre-André Gil 1971
"Eddy Is Niet Te Kloppen!" Frankie 1971
"Eddy Prend Le Maillot Jaune" Pierre-André Gil 1969
"The Girl That's Up To Date" Edward Harrigan, David Braham 1894 [7]
"The Great Velocipede" Frank Wilder 1869 [7][11] Sung by W. F. Collins of the British Christy Minstrels
"Hadron Collision" Propagandhi 2012 [12]
"Handlebars" Flobots 2005
"Have You A Wheel?" O. A. Hoffmann 1895 [7]
"Helter Smelter" Fifteen 1994 [13]
"In Bicicletta" Riccardo Cocciante 1982 From the album Cocciante [14]
"It's A Beautiful Day" The Beach Boys 1979
"The Latest Fad" A. A. Condon 1895 [7]
"A Lilac Harry Quinn" Half Man Half Biscuit 1991 From A Lilac Harry Quinn
"Motherfucking Bike" Sons of Science 2012 [15]
"My Bike" The Bennies 2013 From the Better off Dread EP [16]
"My Bike" Y.N.RichKids 2013 [17]
"My 'Cycle Gal" Philip Wales 1899 [7]
"My White Bicycle" Tomorrow 1967 About the Provos'. And a UK hit for the cover from Nazareth in 1975.[18]
"The New Columbia Wheel" George Lowell Tracy, James C. Dunn 1898 [7]
"The New Velocipede" E. H. Sherwood 1869 [7]
"Nine Million Bicycles" Katie Melua 2005 [19]
"Pedal Your Blues Away" Earl Rouse and Brothers 1936 [20]
"The Pushbike Song" The Mixtures 1970 And a cover by Mungo Jerry (1990, UK).
"Silver Machine" Hawkwind 1972 A UK hit about Robert Calvert's silver bicycle.
"Terry Keeps His Clips On" Vivian Stanshall 1981
"Tour de France" Kraftwerk 1983 From their cycling concept album for the centenary of the Tour de France in 2003 — Tour de France Soundtracks.[21]
"Vas-Y Eddy" Jean Saint-Paul 1967
"Velocipede Jimmy" O. H. Harpel, Henry Atkins 1869 [7]
"Two on a Bike" Six Hits and a Miss 1942

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Marian Klamkin (1975), Old sheet music, Hawthorn Books, pp. 31–32
  2. ^ Hazel Butler, I Know a Young Woman Who Swallowed a Lie, p. 40
  3. ^ Andrew Horrall (2001), "Bicycles", Popular culture in London c. 1890-1918, Manchester University Press, pp. 54–64, ISBN 978-0-7190-5783-0, cycling songs remained popular until the mid-Edwardian era
  4. ^ Circuito Musical. Toquinho: Casa de Brinquedos
  5. ^ http://www.vevo.com/watch/USSD21600369
  6. ^ BC Unidos Release Debut Single 'Bicycle' from Past Santigold Collaborators, June 19, 2017
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Jon W. Finson (1997), "Popular views of technology", The Voices That Are Gone: Themes in Nineteenth-Century American Popular Song, Oxford University Press, pp. 144–145, ISBN 978-0-19-511382-2
  8. ^ Ken McLeod (2011), We Are the Champions: The Politics of Sports and Popular Music, Ashgate Publishing, pp. 30, 122–123, ISBN 978-1-4094-0864-2
  9. ^ Zack Furness (2010), One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility, Temple University Press, p. 144, ISBN 978-1-59213-613-1, Bike riding and bicycles are prevalent in the lyrics and imagery of dozens of active and defunct punk bands such as Fifteen ... Syd Barrett's psychedelic musings on Pink Floyd's "Bike"
  10. ^ Charlotte Heathcote (September 26, 2010), "Mark Ronson & The Business International Record Collection", Daily Express
  11. ^ Frederick Alderson (1972), Bicycling: a history, Praeger, pp. 33–34
  12. ^ Listen to Propagandhi’s Failed States, read the band’s track-by-track insights http://music.cbc.ca/#/blogs/2012/9/Listen-to-Propagandhis-Failed-States-read-the-bands-track-by-track-insights Archived 2016-03-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Youtube
  14. ^ Youtube
  15. ^ Youtube
  16. ^ Youtube
  17. ^ http://ynrichkids.com/track/my-bike
  18. ^ Nick Pas (2011), Between Prague Spring and French May, Berghahn Books, pp. 168–169, ISBN 978-0-85745-106-4
  19. ^ Historical Dictionary of Cycling, Scarecrow Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-8108-7175-5
  20. ^ Randy Noles (2002), Orange Blossom Boys: The Untold Story of Ervin T. Rouse, Chubby Wise and the World's Most Famous Fiddle Tune, Hal Leonard Corporation, pp. 48–49
  21. ^ M.McGuinness (2009), Sporting sounds: relationships between sport and music, Taylor & Francis, p. 187, ISBN 978-0-415-44367-8

Further reading[edit]

  • Justin Daniel Belmont (2005), The Art of Bicycling, Breakaway Books, ISBN 978-1-891369-56-8
  • S. Conant Foster (1884), Wheel Songs, White, Stokes, & Allen

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