The automobile has played an enormous role in the United States over the last 100-plus years, and its impact has had a wide reach across our culture. Aside from the business, motor sport, and transportation implications, cars and trucks have also made their way into the television shows that we watch, the art that hangs in our galleries and museums, into the movies that we watch and even into the music that we have listened to throughout our lives.
We are going to honor the place of cars in American music here today with our list of the top five car songs of all time. Of course, any time anyone endeavors to compile a “top” list of any sort, there will always be those who say, hey, you missed this one or you added something that shouldn’t be there. So sure, this is just one guy’s opinion, but feel free to leave a comment and let us know your personal top five favorite car songs!
5.) “Cars” by Gary Numan
This song, released in 1979, is a new wave tune that is admittedly kind of strange, but when you first heard it back in the day it had a way of sticking in your head.
4.) “Low Rider” by War
“Low Rider” is a cool tune that bands both famous and unknown have been covering since it first hit the airwaves back in 1975.
3.) “Pink Cadillac” by Bruce Springsteen
This is certainly not the best tune ever written by The Boss, but it was indeed written by Springsteen and that alone makes it deserving of this list.
2.) “Hot Rod Lincoln” by Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen
This tune was actually written Charlie Ryan and W.S. Stevenson and made into a hit in 1955 by Arkie Shibley and his Mountain Dew Boys. But most “children of the 70s” heard it for the first time when it was redone by Commander Cody in 1972.
1.) “Little Red Corvette” by Prince
Prince released this tune in 1982 on the album 1999, and it reached #6 on the American charts, but it has finally found its way to the number one slot on our list of the top 5 car songs of all time!
Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer