Cars and music: they're a perfect combination. Who doesn't enjoy driving with the windows down, music blasting away? The invention of car radios in the 1930s started the trend of associating music with driving, but it wasn't long before another trend appeared.
As vehicles became more attractive and efficient, they took on a distinct persona. Their owners took pride in them. People bragged about their cars at every opportunity, and they started writing songs about them.
Songs About Cars Everyone Loves
You will undoubtedly have your own favorites to add to this list, but here are some popular songs about cars and driving them.
'Little Deuce Coupe' by The Beach Boys — 1963
This song is about a beloved 1932 Ford Model 18 coupe. The term deuce in the song refers to the year Ford made the car. The verses about "lake pipes, competition clutch, and four on the floor" refer to mechanical parts of the vehicle.
'Riding Along in My Automobile' by Chuck Berry — 1964
Another oldies song for car nerds. Chuck expresses how most of us feel about getting in the car with "no particular place to go."
'Mustang Sally' by Wilson Pickett — 1965
This upbeat song is about a guy who buys his girlfriend a Ford Mustang. The gift backfired, though, because all she does now is drive the car.
'Drive My Car' by The Beatles — 1965
A popular classic song that is great to listen to while driving. At one point during the song, Paul McCarney mimics the sound of a car horn.
'Thunder Road' by Bruce Springsteen — 1975
One of the best songs about freedom of the open road. Springsteen invites a girl to come with him in his car to visit different places in the song. The lyrics evoke the sense of liberation one gets while driving.
'Trampled Under Foot" by Led Zeppelin — 1975
In the 70s, this funky song described details about the car. He sings about the leather seats and steering wheel and how easy the car handles on the freeway. The lyrics are a metaphor for love.
'Low Rider" by War — 1975
This catchy tune is about a car that the owner modified to rest low to the ground. The singer describes how it feels to drive down every street of his neighborhood in the car.
'Mercury Blues' by The Steve Miller Band — 1976
A perfect song about the love of a car. It's about a classic Mercury vehicle. All the singer wants to do is make enough money to buy one for himself.
'Red Barchetta' by Rush — 1981
This one is about the future. Cars are outlawed. But, some people still have one that they keep hidden. The lyrics evoke sensations of driving with the wind in your hair and the smell of the car all around you.
Cars and Music: A Timeless Love Affair
Our love affair with cars and music is timeless. As long as there are musicians and cars, we will be driving and listening. Now, it's time to grab your keys, hop in your car, crank up the music, and go for a drive.