No. 5: "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Charlie Ryan
"Hot Rod Lincoln" has been recorded by several artists, but was originally written by Charlie Ryan and released in 1955. The song is about a race between a Lincoln and a Cadillac and is considered a classic among hot rod and drag racing culture.
Ryan, who owned a real hot rod that was built from a 1948 12-cylinder Lincoln chassis shortened two feet and with a 1930 Ford Model A body, actually recorded the song twice. His 1959 version, recorded as Charlie Ryan and The Timberline Riders, is probably the better known of the two.
The song also found fame in versions recorded by Johnny Bond in 1960 and Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen in 1975, which climbed to No. 9 on the Billboard charts.
My pappy said, "Son, you're gonna' drive me to drinkin'
If you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln
No. 4: "Let Me Ride" by Dr. Dre
Just like their rocker counterparts, rappers have an affinity for automobiles.
On his landmark 1992 album "The Chronic," considered one of the most influential in the history of rap and hip hop, Dr. Dre documented rap culture's love of the low rider on "Let Me Ride." It also didn't hurt that the chorus features a sweet funkadelic sample from George Clinton and Parliament.
The video featured Dr. Dre cruising around L.A in his "six fo'," -- a 1964 Chevy -- and making the front end of his car jump up a down with hydraulics by "hittin' the switches."
Back in the days, when I used to have to get my stroll on
Did nobody wanna speak
Peeping out they window when they hear me beatin' up the street
Is it Dre?
Is it Dre?
That's what they say
Every single day in L.A
No. 3: "Radar Love" by Golden Earring
In 2005, the BBC car show "Top Gear" named "Radar Love" the second greatest driving song of all time. But it and "Highway Star" were the only songs on the top five list that were actually about driving.
It's easy to guess that many speeding tickets have been received by drivers over the years because of this song. Everything about it makes you want to drive fast, from its opening lines -- "I've been driving all night, my hand's wet on the wheel" -- to its rising tempo, methodic bass lines and easy-to-sing-along-with chorus.
The radio's playing some forgotten song
Brenda Lee's "Coming on Strong"
The road's got me hypnotized
And I'm speeding into a new sunrise
No. 2: "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys
The Beach Boys sang about cars almost as often as they did about surfing and beach life.
Classics like "409," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Shut Down" and "Little Deuce Coupe" are all about cars. Aside from their music, the Beach Boys' iconic image of easy-going, free-wheeling surfers helped cement the group as one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.
"I Get Around" is perhaps their best song about cars because it captures that image perfectly. While not about a specific ride like in some of their other songs, "I Get Around" is more about the cruising lifestyle they helped popularize and captures their laid back California mentality.
We always take my car 'cause its never been beat
And we've never missed yet with the girls we meet
None of the guys go steady cause it wouldn't be right
To leave their best girl home now on Saturday night
No. 1: "Little Red Corvette" by Prince
If you listen closely, "Little Red Corvette" is actually not about a car at all, but about a woman and a one-night stand. The Purple One wasn't the first to use a car as a metaphor for a woman in a song, but he did it better than anyone before or since.
"Little Red Corvette" is one of Prince's best known songs and helped launch him to superstar status in 1983. It was his first song to reach the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the accompanying music video was one of the first on MTV to feature an African-American artist.
The lyrics are Prince at his sexually-suggestive best, and hardly a line passes without the use of a double entendre or layered metaphor. Some have interpreted the lyrics, including the title, of being so dirty that if Tipper Gore had listened closely she would have been much more horrified at "Little Red Corvette" than she was when she heard "Darling Nikki" and launched her crusade to censor song lyrics.
Believe it or not
I started to worry
I wondered if I had enough class
But it was Saturday night
I guess that makes it all right
And you say, baby, have you got enough gas?
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