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The 10 Greatest Rock Songs About Cars and Driving

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The 10 Greatest Rock Songs About Cars and Driving

The history of rock ‘n’ roll and the car almost go hand-in-hand. Both promoted freedom and expression, but more importantly, a car cruise and a soundtrack go hand-in-hand.
Fast cars and music sort of do the same thing, they promote excitement, exhilaration and positive vibes like nothing else. Put the two together and you have a winning combination. that’s why songs about cars are an obvious choice.

The top 10 we have here is in no particular order but are featured because they mention cars or driving and are just plain great tunes. They are also the pics that we think are the best cranked up loud when your foot is on the floor.

One last point, some of these tunes are now over half a century old. Don’t think because they are old, they are not as good as the current crop of tunes. Basically, think of it this way, tell Mozart and Beethoven their music is not very good because it’s a few hundred years old!
Plus, the reason why arguably older rock ‘n’ roll tunes work so well, is because they’ve been tried and tested over the decades and just simply work.

What are your favourite driving tunes? Comment below.

1. Panama by Van Halen

As history goes, the lyrics to the song started out about fast cars, but ended up being more about a stripper Diamond Dave encountered.
The opening riff is a powerhouse of sound and even has Eddies car sampled in the middle of tune –
this tune is great on a summers day during a long cruise.

2. Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston & Ike Turner

In 1949 Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner recorded ‘Rocket 88’ after the Oldsmobile Rocket 88 car, arguably the forerunner of the muscle car.
Possibly the first rock ‘n’ roll song went with the first hot Rod, put on this tune and you are listening to a bit of music history, the energy of the era and a look into the beginnings of why rock ‘n’ roll of fast cars marry so well.

3. No Particular Place to Go by Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry’s guitar sound and stage presence linked so well with Fifties youth culture and the new wave of amazing cars, that song a from him with a car theme seemed inevitable.
Simply, if you want proof this is an incredible car tune, turn it up while cruising in your ride and watch everybody’s face turn to a smile!
‘….me and my baby are just cruising along in our automobile!’

4. GTO by Ronnie & the Daytonas

The song was written as a tribute to arguably the first muscle car the Pontiac GTO.
The GTO was produced between 1964 1974 and reproduced again from 2000 – 2006.
Really, this tune should be given as standard with any GTO bought in the last 50 years.

5. Fun, Fun, Fun By The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys could have had any of their hits on here. ‘I get around’, ‘Don’t worry baby’, but ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ is exactly that.
The sound is pure or summer, Surf and great times. Exactly the right type of car tune.

6. Drive My Car By The Beatles

Everyone knows the Lyric, ‘Baby, you can drive my car,’ possibly more innuendo than a statement about who has the responsibility of driving a vehicle, but it doesn’t matter. This is the area when the Beatles were going from teenyboppers to pushing their musicality in many different directions.
In this song you get the hit, the driving tune and the Beatles stretching out musically. A great tune in every sense.

8. Roadrunner By The Who

Originally a tune by bold deadly, the who’s interpretation injects more excitement with John Entwistle’s and Keith Moon’s monstrous rhythm section, Townsend’s swirling guitar and Roger Daltrey’s screaming vocals, make this an ideal driving tune.
The live version is more recommended as it simply has more energy.

9. Trampled Under Foot By Led Zeppelin

‘I’m talking about Love!’ is the phrase we all remember from this tune.
Innuendo city here, but that’s part of the fun of Zeppelin. you can pick any Zeppelin tune is a great driving song, but trampled underfoot as that constant energy which fits so well while driving.

10. Low Rider By War

The song by war was born out of Chicano hot rod culture in California in the 60s and early 70s and mixes funk, reggae and rock ‘n’ roll into a fine mix.
I defy anyone from the youngest of the oldest to not like this tune. There is just something in there for everybody and the rhythm trots along like a pony in mid-gallop.

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