The Best Car Songs… Ever!

February 6th, 2009
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The famous Red Barchetta

When I decided to write about the best songs ever about cars, I had a few in mind but was quickly overwhelmed by the sheer number of great songs that pay tribute to the automobile. Seriously, I could fill a week’s worth of blogs on this topic alone.

Being a rocker at heart, I’m going to give my absolute favorite songs that both fuel my passion for rocking out while capturing the essence of what it means to fall under the spell of steel and chrome.

You won’t see any Little Deuce Coupes here or take any rides along Route 66. No one will drive a Chevy to the levy, and there will be no whining about getting a T-Bird taken away.

These, friends, are some of the best songs ever about cars (and I know there’s a ton more, so let us know your faves!):

Red Barchetta, Rush

Don’t we all wish we had uncles like the guy in this song? Every time I hear this song I can almost feel the speed and hear the sound of this old Ferrari.

Black Devil Car, Jamiroquai

Let the lyrics speak for themselves: “Riding around in my black devil car I can’t hear a sound because my foot pushing down too hard.”

The Distance, Cake

The story of a determined but lone race car driver… Ever feel like giving up on anything? Listen to this song!

I Can’t Drive 55, Sammy Hagar

“When I drive that slow, you know it’s hard to steer. And I can’t get my car out of second gear! What used to take two hours now takes all day.”

Well said Sammy, put the pedal to the metal!

Fuel, Metallica

The perfect song for driving fast is all about driving fast… Go ahead, quench your thirst with gasoline and turn up the stereo!

Your turn: What are your favorite car songs?

-tgriffith

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  1. salio
    | #1

    Good stuff. Gotta love Hagar’s hair. Not rock, but who can forget Prince, Red Corvette?

  2. | #2

    tgriffith, you seem to have a weakness for Ferraris, or at least Ferrari songs. I share salio’s weakness for Prince’s “Little Red Corvette,” and I think the verse after the sax break in Springsteen’s “Born to Run” is fantastic. But Commander Cody’s “Hot Rod Lincoln” is not only a great song about an American car, but features one of the hottest Telecaster players ever – Bill Kitchen. Check him out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGpr-Zy_wRs

  3. tgriffith
    | #3

    I honestly forgot all about Commander Cody, Bill Kirchen and that Hot Rod Lincoln… great tune and I’m humbled by how he rips on that Fender. Prince’s Little Red Corvette got a lot of consideration, I’m glad to see it get mentioned here!

  4. MarkS
    | #4

    Is Thunder Kiss 65 a car song? Either way, it’s a great one to blast when driving fast! So is Fuel… good choices!

  5. | #5

    I didnt forget “Little Red Corvette” by Prince either…
    http://noolmusic.com/blogs/YouTube_Music_Videos_80s_90s_-_Prince_-_Little_Red_Corvette.shtml

    I think songs you can blast while driving are better than songs that are about cars….

  6. Melanie
    | #6

    Here are my top 25 car songs of all time:

    1. 409- The Beach Boys
    2. Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396- Jan And Dean
    3. Hey Little Cobra- The Rip Cords
    4. Little GTO- Ronnie And The Daytonas
    5. 426 Super Stock- Dick Dale
    6. Pink Cadillac- Bruce Springsteen
    7. Little Old Lady From Pasadena- Jan And Dean
    8. Rocket 88- Bill Haley
    9. Hemi Barracuda- Dan Olson
    10. Hot Rod Lincoln- Commander Cody
    11. Silver Thunderbird- Jo Dee Messina
    12. 57 Chevrolet- Billie Jo Spears
    13. Trans Am- Sammy Hagar
    14. Little Honda- The Beach Boys
    15. Plymouth Belvedere- Trish Lester
    16. Cars- Gary Numan
    17. Going The Distance- Cake
    18. Brand New Cadillac- The Clash
    19. Low Rider- War
    20. Born To Be Wild- Steppenwolf (Although I always associate this song with motorcycles do to the fact it was used in the movie “Easy
    Rider”)
    21. Drive My Car- The Beatles
    22. Car Wash- Rose Royce
    23. Bucket T- The Who
    24. Radar Love- Golden Earring
    25. Mustang Sally- Wilson Picket

    Okay, so most of these songs were made before my time ( I was born in 1972)lol, but they are all great and really fun to listen to at any time be it on the road, on your MP3 player, or at home. Hope You enjoy the list!

  7. Melanie
    | #7

    Note: My sister said to mention the song “Freeway Of Love”- by Areatha Franklin just because it mentions the lyrics “We,re ridin’ down the freeway of love in my pink cadillac…” lol!

  8. tgriffith
    | #8

    @Melanie
    Thanks Melanie! These are all great additions to the list.

  9. zcustom
    | #9

    If you are going to talk real rock songs, you have to include “Black Sunshine” by White Zombie. All about a 65 mustang!

  10. | #10

    Ya gotta listed to “Buick Electra” by Black Helicopter. An ode to a lost legend.

  11. valy
    | #11

    YOu can’t forget Queen – I’m in love with my car

  12. Jay Briley
    | #12

    One of my favorite Rush songs of all time being 40 years old.
    As 2nd gen Trans Am owner/restorer,I like Sammy Hagers “Trans Am” as well.
    ROCK ON BROTHERS!!!!!!

  13. Slayer
    | #13

    Any Slayer song, and of course Deep Purple’s, “Highway Star” sung by no other than Glenn Hughs himself in an amphetamine rage. LOL!

  14. | #14

    ” My Baby”…

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