When asked to list down my hobbies on a student information sheet, my first answer is always “listen to music.”  Music makes me laugh, makes me cry, makes me feel happy, makes me feel period.  Music is so special to me, especially when it’s music about farmers.

You see, these men and women work day and night to grow our world’s food, but so few truly know what it takes to get our food from seed to fork.  It’s because of their awe-inspiring determination and devotion to family and friends that I bring to you a few “Farmer Appreciation Anthems.”

The first song is “The Only Way I Know” by Jason Aldean featuring Luke Bryan and Eric Church.

These men, all from rural America, truly know “you don’t get nothing that you don’t earn.”  They know that farmers “don’t quit ‘till the job gets done.”  They understand that “maybe there’s another path that’ll get you there a little bit faster, but I’m sticking with the one inside of me.”  This song tells the story of hard work in the hearts of those who feed our world.

My next selection is “Man On A Tractor” by Rodney Atkins.

This song adds a nice change of pace from the last.  This ballad focuses on how a man in a rut in his life envies the man on the tractor with a dog in the field.  The man on the tractor seems to be at peace with the world, and “in rows of green his whole was revealed.”  The words tell us that while farming may be laborious and frustrating at times, finding “peace of mind on my own piece of land” makes those struggles all worth it.

Last, but certainly not least, is “Amarillo Sky” by Jason Aldean.

Fun fact about this music video:  It was filmed in Rantoul, IL!  This song perfectly embodies the hard work, love, and character of a farmer.  “On his knees every night, he prays: ‘Please let my crops and children grow,’ ‘cause that’s all he’s ever known” lets us know that farming isn’t all bumper crops and sunshine.  Sometimes “the diesel’s worth the price of gold” and “it’s the cheapest grain he’s ever sold, but he’s still holding on.”  Farming sure isn’t easy, but it’s something that these people love doing and their families have loved doing, so they “stay strong and carry on, just like his dad and granddad did before him.”

These are just a few of the songs that express the life of a farmer.  In addition to adding these songs onto your next Spotify playlist, I encourage you to find a farmer and thank them for all they put into getting food on our table, clothes on our backs, and fuel in our vehicles.  Without them, we would be stranded, naked, and starving!

What are some of your favorite songs that remind you of the life of a farmer?

Molly NovotneyMolly Novotney
Joliet Junior College student


  1. All great songs! Have you heard the new song “Why I Farm” by The Henningsens? It should totally be on this list as well! It is a great tribute to the American farmer and will touch the hearts of farmers everywhere. Check it out at

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