Okay, I’ll just start off this list by violating the rules on the first selection. The Byrds “Wasn’t Born To Follow” isn’t explicitly about motorcycles. So, shoot me. It is, however, part of the soundtrack of one of the highlights in the pantheon of motorcycle movies, Easy Rider. So, in an effort to smooth over the ruffled feathers of those who are a bit chapped over the exclusion of “Born to be Wild,” I decided to include a different song from the movie that made the Steppenwolf tune a hit.
Getting back to the song, the lyrics capture the wanderlust and nonconformist bent that epitomizes motorcyclists, concluding with the statement that “I wasn’t born to follow.”