Who loves a late night drive while listening to classic rock? Here’s a list of best car songs of all time voted for by readers of hotrod.com
- Johnny Cash – One Piece at a Time
The title says it all. Once piece at a time. This song is about stealing car parts from a local car plant to build your dream car.
“So we drilled it out so that it would fit, and with a little bit of help with an adaptor kit, he had that engine running just like a song.
- Foghat – Slow Ride
Slow ride, take it easy! This song was released in 1975 by British rock band Foghat. During an interview with the band drummer Roger Earl, this song is inspired by a slow ride during a traffic jam. Traffic sucks but sometimes, we need to slow down and take it easy.
Best lyric? None, it’s all about slowing down.
- Bruce Springsteen – Racing in the Streets
Coming in at number 8 is a song by Bruce Springsteen. This song is about a small-time drag racer who’s hoping for a better life. Also, this song includes technical details in modifying a car. After the release of the song, a mechanic friend of Bruce told him that he can’t put fuelie head on a ’69 Chevy.
“We take all the action we can meet and we cover all the north east state. When the strip shuts down we run ’em in the street, from the fire roads to the interstate.”
- The Beach Boys – Shut Down
This song is a detailed race between a 1962 Dodge Dart with 413 cu in and a fuel injected 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
“Superstock Dart is windin’ out in low, but my fuel-injected Stingray’s really startin’ to go. To get the traction I’m ridin’ the clutch, my pressure plate’s burnin’ that machine’s too much.”
- Rob Zombie – Dragula
The song’s title was from the classic TV show The Munsters. Grandpa Munster ‘s car was called Dragula.
“Dig through the ditches and burn through the witches, I slam in the back of my Dragula.”
- The Beach Boys – 409
“When I take her to the track she really shines (Giddy up giddy up 409). She always turns in the fastest times (Giddy up giddy up 409). My four speed dual quad Posi-traction 409.”
- Metallica – Fuel
This song isn’t classic but it’s about the singer’s passion for cars. James Hetfield is a certified hot rodder and he currently owns several hot rods and custom classic cars.
Ohhh, on I burn fuel is pumping engines burning hard, loose, and clean. And I burn, churning my direction, quench my thirst with gasoline
- Golden Earing – Radar Love
The person in the song was driving all night because his girlfriend wants him home.
“I’ve been drivin’ all night, my hand’s wet on the wheel. There’s a voice in my head that drives my heel.”
- The Beach Boys – Little Deuce Coupe
If you’re into cars, then you should be able to understand this song because it mentions a lot of automotive parts including flat head mill and lake pipes.
“Just a little deuce coupe with a flat head mill, but she’ll walk a Thunderbird like (she’s) it’s standin’ still. She’s ported and relieved and she’s stroked and bored. She’ll do a hundred and forty in the top end floored.”
- Deep Purple – Highway Star
Who ever thought that the Highway Star was a 1978 Corvette? This song is about a man and his passion for high speed cars. Every driver can easily feel the adrenaline with this song’s up beat tempo.
“Nobody gonna take my car, I’m gonna race it to the ground. Nobody gonna beat my car. It’s gonna break the speed of sound.”
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