“Life Is a Highway” is a popular song written and sung by musician Tom Cochrane. It was recorded in 1990 and released in 1991 on the album “Mad Mad World.” It was Cochrane’s most famous song and it reached number 6 on the Hot 100 chart in the United States and number 1 on the Canadian Singles Chart. Like many of the songs on his album, the inspiration for the song is believed to have come from a trip that Cochrane took to West Africa to raise awareness for World Vision. A music video for the song, featuring Cochrane, was produced by Albert Botha.
In 2006 the most well known cover version of the song was recorded by Rascal Flats for the animated movie “Cars.” Through the exposure on the film the single went on to sell many digital downloads, eventually reaching number 7 on the Hot 100 charts in the United States. It also won “Favorite Song from a Movie” at the People’s Choice Awards. Rascal Flats also released the song on two of their albums; Me and My Gang (bonus track) and Greatest Hits Volume 1.
There have also been a number of other cover versions of this song recorded by various artists. Chris LeDoux recorded a cover on his album One Road Man in 1998, which reached 64 on the country music charts.