The running of the Kentucky Derby is so fast that it will make Mike Tyson’s old heavyweight title bouts seem like a marathon. It’s that time of year again to bust out the seersucker suits and ostentatious hats. However, the upside is that you can order a mint julep without seeming like a fool or feeling the wrath from the people behind you for ordering a tricky drink that requires a little preparation. Reverb would like to commemorate the fastest two minutes in sports with our favorite horse-themed songs. Try not to bet ALL of junior’s college money on the race.
America “Horse with No Name”
The quintessential horse themed song by a band named after our own country. The classic also doubles as one of the best roadtrip songs.
Johnny Cash “Tennessee Stud”
One of the toughest sons of bitches to ever grace God’s green earth would never be caught on a lame horse. Johnny Cash’s “Stud” was strong enough to cross the tough mud of the Arkansas AND the Rio Grande. Take that, Secretariat.
Rolling Stones “Wild Horses”
The Rolling Stones have lived hard and fast since their inception in the early ’60s. That reckless lifestyle couldn’t be tamed, not even by “Wild Horses.”
Toby Keith ft. Willie Nelson “Whiskey For My Man Beer for My Horses”
The passing of the country torch from “The Red Headed Stranger” to “Mr. Red Solo Cup” took place on the collaboration of celebrating liquid libations. Toby and Willie saddle up to fight the evil in the world, but before they do so, the two raise a whiskey toast and share a little beer for their respective horses in the process.
Taylor Swift “White Horse”
T Swizzle runs through boyfriends faster than a Twitter feed, mainly for the inspiration, you know. However, her heart won’t be won over by any dude riding on a “White Horse.” Just not going to happen.
U2 “Ride wild horses”
Leave it to Bono for his ability to channel his inner exuberance. Even when it comes to matters of the heart, the Irish rockers go big.
The Doors “Riders on the Storm”
The Lizard King took the inspiration of “Riders on the Storm” from the song,”(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend.” Morrison literally took the idea and rode with it.
Bon Jovi “Wanted Dead Or Alive”
“Young Guns II” scored a winner with the inclusion of the tune of the Wild West. Even if “steel horse” was used as a metaphor for a motorcycle.
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb