39 Great Oil and Gas Songs That Help Pump Your Employees up

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39 Great Oil and Gas Songs That Help Pump Your Employees up

Postby vnmanpower » 13 Nov 2015, 10:03

What songs are famous in the oil and gas industry? What songs do your employees often listen to get pumped up before work? Check out this collection of great oil and gas songs that have been sung with the whole and entire soul.

Despite the size and influence oil and gas has all over the world, it has virtually no presence in the music world, and there have been limited number of collections of good oil and gas songs that oil field workers can rely on to pump themselves up before work, celebrate their lives, and enjoy at the company’s events. This drives me to collect nice songs in this field to share below. Also, oil price slash and job cuts seen make not few employees confused about their future and sometimes have no mind to focus on their work. Boosting up their morale with music is one of nice ways you can choose. Let alone, those songs will grow their love for careers in this hard but lucrative industry, and there are also songs that relieve their homesickness.

1. ‘Roughneck’ by Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash is so famous for a detailed introduction. He was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor and author who was well known as one of most influential musicians of the 20th century. He recorded ‘Roughneck’ in 1963 for the album ‘Blood Sweat & Tears’. The mellow chorus he sang “Born to be a roughneck/ I’ll never amount to nothin’/ Pullin’ case and layin’ pipe/ Is hard labor” was just so perfect for the worker folk song tradition. Make sure to listen to it accompanying Banjo ring!

2. ‘I’m a Tool Pusher from Snyder’ by Winston Lee Moore

Winston Lee Moore (Slim Willet known as his performance name) was a Texas native. His debut single was “I’m a Tool Pusher from Snyder” released in 1950. This tune was inspired by the oil boom in Snyder and hit quite hard the music community in Texas at the time.

3. ‘Ashland Oil’ (Folk Song)

It wouldn’t be folk without some protest songs. In reference to Ashland Inc. that operates in over 100 countries, this tune is named ‘Ashland oil’. The melody is, indeed, from an American traditional song named ‘Ida Red’. This tune, in the dreary spirit of folk, sounds crisp to the ears but capture the heart. “The oil came from Kentucky shale/ The money flowed, it didn’t fail/ What came up with the pumping water/ Will kill your son or kill your daughter/Ashland Oil, Ashland Oil/ We’re all dying near Ashland oil.”

4. ‘This Old Rig’” by Freddie Frank

‘This Old Rig’ by Freddie Frank is a classic song that gets down and gets hillbilly redneck. Like many artists of the day, this West Texas country musician had some scattered releases on unconventional record labels but never achieved the status he truly deserved in the music business.

5. ‘The Oilfield Cowboy’ by Wes St. Jon

Though having never worked directly in the fields, Wes St. Jon created the music that acted as a tribute to the diligent folks that keep the US’s black crude flowing. He stated that he thinks oil field workers are the most unappreciated group of people in America. After meeting roustabouts in Louisiana during the oil boom, he determined to contribute more oilfield songs to the music world lacking in melodies about sweet crude.

6. ‘The Ballad of Jed Clampett’ by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs

This is bluegrass music. It is highly recognized as the theme song for an American sitcom named ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’, which tells the back story of a family that made a new life out in California after discovering oil. Always, black hold has been a source of prosperity, and it’s nice to celebrate that by hearing Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs nail it at the banjo.

7. ‘God’s Counting on me, God’s Counting on you’ by Pete Seeger

This is a song written by Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt in 2010 amid that year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It was originally released by those two as a single in October 2010. The song was re-recorded in 2012, featuring Bruce Springsteen as one of vocalists, and released in September 2012 on ‘A More Perfect Union’ - Pete Seeger & Lorre Wyatt's album. It’s the opening track of this album. The album comprised 14 new songs written by Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt, and featured the guest appearances by Emmylou Harris, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, Tom Morello and Dar Williams.

8. ‘The Crude Oil Blues’ by Jerry Reed

This is a song written and recorded by Jerry Reed, an American country artist. It was released in February 1974 as the lead single from the album ‘A Good Woman's Love’. 'The Crude Oil Blues’ reached peaks of No. 13 on the U.S country chart, No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 17 on Canadian RPM Country Tracks, and No. 91 on Canadian RPM Top Singles.

9. ‘Gasoline Blues’ by John Mayall

This song is assumed to be inspired by the mid-1970s OPEC oil shock. It is rock-like music. It is also mildly funny. The humor may be lost on those younger than 50.

10. ‘Oilfield dad’ by Bryan Martin

I am just so in love with this song. Like all of Bryan Martin’s songs, it is written from the heart he is. This song is not only for oilfield workers but also for anyone working away from their family. What a wonderful song!

That doesn’t put an end to nice songs about oil and gas. Check out the list of other great songs below.

11. ‘Price of Gas’ by Bloc Party
12. ‘Oilmen’ by Waylon Jennings with Earl Scruggs Band
13. ‘We Are All Winners’ by Nick Borgen
14. ‘Missing You’ by Trace Adkins
15. ‘Gallon of Gas’ by The Kinks
16. ‘The Big Red’ by Halliburton
17. ‘The Energy Blues’ by Biz Markie
18. ‘Oil Field Trash’ by Shane Prather
19. ‘Only So Much Oil In The Ground’ by Tower of Power
20. ‘King of the Mountain’ by Midnight Oil
21. ‘Heavy Fuel’ by Dire Straits
22. ‘Fuel’ by Metallica
23. ‘Queen of Gas Station’ by Lana Del Rey
24. ‘The Topical Song’ by The Barron Knights
25. ‘Gallon of Gas’ by The Kinks
26. ‘Gasoline Dreams’ by OutKast
27. ‘Back When Gas Was Thirty Cents a Gallon’ by Tom T. Hall
28. ‘Pumpin' 4 the Man’ by Ween
29. ‘Cat People’ by David Bowie
30. ‘Gas and a Dollar Laugh’ by Velvet Revolver
31. ‘Gasolina’ by Daddy Yankee
32. ‘Fossil Fuel’ by Battant
33. ‘Gasoline’ by Sheryl Crow
34. ‘Get That Gasoline Blues’ by NRBQ
35. ‘Kid Charlemagne’ by Steely Dan
36. 'One More Oil Boom Before I Die' by Tim Hus
37. 'Alberta Crude' by Tim Hus
38. 'Pipeline' by Tim Hus
39. 'Roughest Neck Around' by Corb Lund

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