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]

List[edit]

Title Author Year Comments
"The Acoustic Motorbike" Luka Bloom 1992
"Amsterdam" Riblja Čorba 1986 From the album Osmi nervni slom
"Apology Song" The Decemberists 2001 From the 5 Songs EP
"A Bicicleta" Toquinho 1983 Album Casa de brinquedos.[4]
"La Bicicleta" Carlos Vives & Shakira 2016 [5]
"Las bicicletas son para el verano" Alex Under 2005 [6]
"Bicycle" BC Unidos feat. Shungudzo 2017 From the EP Bicycle[7]
"Bicycle" (feat. klei) filous 2018 [8]
"Bicycle, Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle" Be Your Own Pet 2006 From the album Be Your Own Pet
"Bicycle Episode" J. M. Richards 1897 [9]
"The Bicycle Girl" Avery Oddfellow, F. W. Meacham 1895 [9]
"Bicycle Race" Queen 1978 [10]
"Bicycle Song" Red Hot Chili Peppers 2006
"Bicycles Are Red Hot" TV on the Radio 2002 From the album OK Calculator
"La Bicyclette [fr]" Yves Montand 1968 [9] From the album La Bicyclette
"Les Bicyclettes de Belsize" Engelbert Humperdinck 1968 From the movie Les Bicyclettes de Belsize
"Bike" cLOUDDEAD 2004 From the album Ten
"Bike" Pink Floyd 1967 [11]
"Bike Messenger Diaries" ApSci 2005 B-side of the single "See That?"
"The Bike Song" Mark Ronson & The Business International 2010 [12]
"Biking" Frank Ocean 2017 Featuring, JAY Z and Tyler the Creator
"Black Mags" The Cool Kids 2008 From the album The Bake Sale
"Bravo Eddy!" Jean Narcy 1969/1970
"C'mon Let Me Ride" Skylar Grey feat. Eminem 2012
"La complainte de l'heure de pointe (À vélo dans Paris)" Joe Dassin 1972 From the album Joe
"Cycles to Gehenna" Aesop Rock 2012 From the album Skelethon
"Cycling Is Fun" Shonen Knife 1984 From their album Yama-no Attchan
"Daisy Bell" Harry Dacre 1892 [9]
"Death Of An Old Bike" The Rosebuds 2014 [9]
"Dora Brown" Nelly Burt 1897 [9]
"Dr. Hoffman’s Bicycle Ride" Vocokesh 2010 From the same-titled album[13]
"Eddy Est Imbattable!" Pierre-André Gil 1971
"Eddy Is Niet Te Kloppen!" Frankie 1971
"Eddy Prend Le Maillot Jaune" Pierre-André Gil 1969
"Fahrrad" Bläck Fööss 1982 [14] From their album "Morje Morje"
"Fahrrad fahr'n" Max Raabe 2017 From the album "Der perfekte Moment... wird heut verpennt"[15]
"Fahrrad Fahrn" Achim Reichel Oh Ha! 1996 [16]
"Fahrradfahr'n" Sternhagel [de] 1982
"Fahrradlied" Binder & Krieglstein [de] 2012 [17]
"Fahrradsong" Christoph Busse [de] 1976 [18] Aired in the german sesame street in 1978
"The Girl That's Up To Date" Edward Harrigan, David Braham 1894 [9]
"The Great Velocipede" Frank Wilder 1869 [9][19] Sung by W. F. Collins of the British Christy Minstrels
"Hadron Collision" Propagandhi 2012 [20]
"Handlebars" Flobots 2005
"Happy Cycling" Boards of Canada 1998 From the album Music Has the Right to Children
"Have You A Wheel?" O. A. Hoffmann 1895 [9]
"Helter Smelter" Fifteen 1994 [21]
"In Bicicletta" Riccardo Cocciante 1982 From the album Cocciante[22]
"It's a Beautiful Day" The Beach Boys 1979
"The Kickstand Song" Darren Hanlon 2002 From the album "Hello Stranger" [23]
"Pasto Verde" The Bike Trip 2015
"The Latest Fad" A. A. Condon 1895 [9]
"Let's Have a Ride on Your Bicycle" Max Miller 1953 [24]
"A Lilac Harry Quinn" Half Man Half Biscuit 1991 From A Lilac Harry Quinn
"Mein Fahrrad" Die Prinzen 1992 [25]
"Motherfucking Bike" Sons of Science 2012 [26]
"My Bike" The Bennies 2013 From the Better off Dread EP[27]
"My Bike" Y.N.RichKids 2013 [28]
"My 'Cycle Gal" Philip Wales 1899 [9]
"My White Bicycle" Tomorrow 1967 About the Provos'. And a UK hit for the cover from Nazareth in 1975.[29]
"New Bicycle Hornpipe" Norman & Nancy Blake 1985 From the album "Lighthouse on the Shore"
"The New Columbia Wheel" George Lowell Tracy, James C. Dunn 1898 [9]
"The New Velocipede" E. H. Sherwood 1869 [9]
"Nine Million Bicycles" Katie Melua 2005 [30]
"Pedal Your Blues Away" Earl Rouse and Brothers 1936 [31]
"Physics Of A Bicycle" cLOUDDEAD 2001 B-side of the EP "The Peel Session"[32]
"Poppin' A Wheelie!" The Aquabats 2011 Hi-Five Soup!
"The Pushbike Song" The Mixtures 1970 And a cover by Mungo Jerry (1990, UK).
"Rennrad" Dota 2016 [33]
"Riding on My Bike" Sia 2020 From the album "At Home with the Kids"
"Shimano XTR" Ćelo & Abdï 2017 [34]
"Silver Machine" Hawkwind 1972 A UK hit about Robert Calvert's silver bicycle.
"Stadtrad" Binder & Krieglstein [de] 2018 From the album "Trommeln der Nacht"[35]
"Ten Speed (Of God’s Blood & Burial)" Coheed and Cambria 2005
"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.[36]
"Vas-Y Eddy" Jean Saint-Paul 1967
"Velocipede Jimmy" O. H. Harpel, Henry Atkins 1869 [9]
"Two on a Bike" Six Hits and a Miss 1942
"Two Wheels" Wax 2011 Scrublife
"Yellow Bike" Pedro the Lion 2019 From the album Phoenix
"Schöne Mänsch uf em Velo" AURO 2018 [37]
"Brand New Key" Melanie 1971

See also[edit]

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". Archived from the original on 2016-09-14. Retrieved 2016-09-04.
  5. ^ http://www.vevo.com/watch/USSD21600369
  6. ^ Youtube
  7. ^ BC Unidos Release Debut Single 'Bicycle' from Past Santigold Collaborators, June 19, 2017
  8. ^ Youtube
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ 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"
  12. ^ Charlotte Heathcote (September 26, 2010), "Mark Ronson & The Business International Record Collection", Daily Express
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  19. ^ Frederick Alderson (1972), Bicycling: a history, Praeger, pp. 33–34
  20. ^ 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
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  28. ^ http://ynrichkids.com/track/my-bike
  29. ^ Nick Pas (2011), Between Prague Spring and French May, Berghahn Books, pp. 168–169, ISBN 978-0-85745-106-4
  30. ^ Historical Dictionary of Cycling, Scarecrow Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-8108-7175-5
  31. ^ 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
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  36. ^ M.McGuinness (2009), Sporting sounds: relationships between sport and music, Taylor & Francis, p. 187, ISBN 978-0-415-44367-8
  37. ^ Soundcloud

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
  • Labann (2008), Bike&Chain: The Ultimate Guide to Bicycling Culture

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