The Friday 5×2: “Ride” Songs

I forgot to include Foreigner’s “Starrider” in my M4 playlist this week, so I told Janet (who suggested it) I’d do it today. I was then going to do another “star” playlist, but started thinking of all these songs that had “ride” or “rider” in them, and came up with 16 of them. So, here are 17 songs with “ride” in the title. You might say, “hey, where’s ‘Ghost Riders In The Sky’?” I figured you heard it enough in the many Battles of the Bands I did on the song, so I left it off.

  1. Foreigner, “Starrider” Janet’s suggestion from last week. From their eponymous 1977 debut album, it’s one of the few songs to feature guitarist Mick Jones on lead vocal.
  2. The Guess Who, “Bus Rider” From 1970’s Share The Land, the first album without founding member Randy Bachman.
  3. Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “Let It Ride” Speaking of Randy Bachman, here’s one from his next band. From their second studio album, called, appropriately enough, Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, it went to #3 on the Canadian RPM chart and #23 on the Hot 100 in 1974. Memories of senior year…
  4. Roger McGuinn, “Ballad of Easy Rider” From the 1969 Easy Rider soundtrack album, this was written by McGuinn and Bob Dylan. The Byrds made this the title track to their 1969 album, and performed it frequently in 1969 and 1970, but not much after that.
  5. Chuck Willis, “C. C. Rider” Recorded originally by blues singer Ma Rainey in 1924 as “See See Rider,” but Big Bill Broonzy claimed he learned it from an unknown singer. Chuck’s version, which probably inspired ones by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and The Animals, went to #1 on the R&B chart and #12 on the Hot 100 in 1957.
  6. The Doors, “Riders On The Storm” The second single from The Doors’ 1971 album L.A. Woman, it was also the last song released befor Jim Morison’s death. It reached #14 on the Hot 100.
  7. Christopher Cross, “Ride Like The Wind” The lead single from Cross’s eponymous 1980 debut album, it went to #2 on the Hot 100. That’s Michael McDonald helping on the vocal.
  8. The Moody Blues, “Ride My See-Saw” From 1968’s In Search Of The Lost Chord, it only went as high as #61 on the Hot 100.
  9. Steppenwolf, “Magic Carpet Ride” From Steppenwolf’s second album, named, appropriately, The Second, this was the lead single and reached #3 in the US and #1 in Canada.
  10. War, “Low Rider” From 1975’s Why Can’t We Be Friends?, it reached #1 on the R&B chart and #7 on the Hot 100.
  11. The Allman Brothers Band, “Midnight Rider” From 1970’s Idlewild South, this version didn’t chart, but subsequent covers by Joe Cocker and Gregg Allman were Top 40 hits.
  12. Blues Image, “Ride Captain Ride” From 1970’s Open, it reached #4 in the US and Canada, becoming the group’s only Top 40 hit.
  13. Vanity Fare, “Hitchin’ A Ride” From their 1969 album Early In The Morning, the song only reached #16 in the band’s native UK but #5 in the US and #3 in Canada. It was a #1 hit on both WLS and WCFL in Chicago.
  14. Acoustic Alchemy, “The Rideout” From their first album, 1987’s Red Dust And Spanish Lace.
  15. The Beatles, “Ticket To Ride” From 1965’s Help!, it went to #1 in both the US and the UK.
  16. Charlie Daniels, “Uneasy Rider” Considered by some to be a novelty song, this is from his 1973 album Honey In The Rock, sometimes also called Uneasy Rider. It reached #9 on the Hot 100 in 1973.
  17. The Boston Pops Orchestra, “Sleigh Ride” Often considered a Christmas song but with a nary a reference to the holiday, Anderson conceived this song during a heat wave in 1946 and completed it in 1948. The Boston Pops Orchestra has recorded this under Arthur Fiedler (this version), John Williams, and Keith Lockhart.

If you think of any others, let me know. That’s your Friday 5×2 for April 6, 2018.

20 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: “Ride” Songs

    1. That’s a good one. They’ve done so much good music over the years, yet they just got into the R&R Hall of Fame. Given the number of times they were passed up for flash-in-the-pan rap artists, I’m surprised they didn’t tell the Hall where they could put their award…

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  1. You covered a lot here. After thinking a bit, the first one that came to my mind was “Jenny Takes a Ride” by Mitch Ryder which I guess is what you alluded to in your entry about “CC Rider”–very different sounding songs, but I could see some connection. I hadn’t thought of that Mitch Ryder song in ages. My sister had one of his albums and for a while in the late sixties I had kind of a fixation with that album.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I know they quoted “CC Rider” in one of their songs. I’ll take your word it was “Jenny Takes A Ride.” They used to do that a lot. They did a verse or two of “Good Golly Miss Molly” in “Sock It To Me Baby.”

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    1. The Friday 5×2 and Two for Tuesday are my own inventions. Friday’s free-form: I usually think of a word that’s used in a lot of song titles and build a playlist around it, then the readers of the blog will throw me other suggestions, and if I get enough, I make another playlist that I might do the following Friday, or Monday if the theme for Monday’s Music Moves Me (which I refer to as M4) is “freebie!” I might also go back to a historical survey, usually from one of the Chicago rock stations (WLS, WCFL, or more rarely WJJD), and play the Top 10. For Two for Tuesday, I choose an artist based on the theme I’m working on (the most recent being acts that were popular in the Baby Boom years, 1946-1964), give a couple of paragraphs about them, and feature two of their songs.

      A blog hop happens when someone builds a list of participants and people “hop” between them, i.e. visit them and leave a “like” or a comment in hopes you get a return visit. Monday’s Music Moves Me, Battle of the Bands, One-Liner Wednesday, Writer’s Workshop, and Stream of Consciousness Saturday are all blog hops. And, of course, the A to Z Challenge is another. I should write a page that has all about each one…

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    1. “Ticket To Ride” was #15. I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to find that one, because WMG usually yanks those down right away, but I found one by the actual Beatles that hadn’t been. Better hurry, it might be gone…

      I don’t know how I forgot “Slow Ride”…

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  2. Wowza – you have a great selection of “ride” songs here. I just heard “Magic Carpet Ride” on 97.1, The River, this morning. Too bad “Mustang Sally” doesn’t have “ride” in the title.

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      1. Yep, perhaps songs with “cars” as the subject would be interesting. There are many of those. GTO, Beep Beep, Little Deuce Coupe, Hey Little Cobra, etc.

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  3. Love the Moody Blues and Steppenwolf and Bachman, Turner Overdrive. Love the Sleighride song and I consider the version conducted by Arthur Fiedler the best. Arthur Fiedler is one of the best overall.

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    1. The Boston Pops did a lot of Leroy Anderson songs, and I think there were a lot to do. Arthur Fiedler was a national treasure, and I think John Williams and Keith Lockhart have done a commendable job of keeping his spirit alive.

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