Music makes almost everything better. You need only watch old films before musical scores were invented to feel the difference.

Music makes driving cars better. So, not long ago, we listed our favorite driving songs.

Cars and songs. Songs and cars.

And it made someone ask: “Hey! What are the best songs ABOUT cars!?!?”

Good question!

So, we came up with this:

Our Favorite Songs About Cars

Lowrider – War

If you prefer the more-hip-hoppity Latin Alliance version, we’re okay with that. But we’re sticking with the original.


Little Deuce Coupe – The Beach Boys

Yes, we do know what you got, Beach Boys. It’s a Deuce Coupe. Fortunately for you, it’s a catchy tune that we totally love. By the way, why did you guys sing so many songs about cars?


Dragula – Rob Zombie

The song was inspired by one of the greatest television cars of all time. It’s also jams the hardest of any other song on this list. Because, Rob Zombie.


Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett

The song was originally performed by R&B singer Mack Rice a year earlier, but Wilson Pickett’s 1966 version of “Mustang Sally” has proved itself a timeless classic.


409 – The Beach Boys

Okay. So it’s about an engine, not a car. But we like engines, too, so we decided to let it slide on a technicality.


Pink Cadillac – Bruce Springsteen

The Boss did a little ditty about pink Cadillacs. It might not have actually been about Cadillacs. In fact, maybe none of these songs are actually about cars. Whoa.


Little Red Corvette – Prince

(Prince and Warner Bros. have made it so you can’t listen to or watch Prince videos, hence this unplayable video.)

Imagine if instead of playing concerts in dumpsters, Twin Shadow sang songs about women using performance car metaphors. That’s exactly what happened in the 1980s when Prince spit out this classic.


G.T.O. – Ronny & the Daytonas 

Is that the Beach Boys, again!?!? Nope. Just Ronny & the Daytonas borrowing The Beach Boys’ formula of surf music and car themes to write another greatest hit.


The Best Car Song You’ve Never Heard Division

Silver Thunderbird – Marc Cohn

There had to be one! Marc Cohn (otherwise known as the guy who sang Walking in Memphis) wrote a song about his father’s Silver Thunderbird, and it’s freaking awesome. We promise.

What are your favorite songs about cars?

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Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.