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10 songs inspired by cars

13 Nov 2015 Car Style

10 songs inspired by cars

There’s no greater joy than driving to a beat, so it’s a no brainer that musicians have a long history of writing cars into their art. We take a look at some of history’s finest songs titled after cars.

1. CARS BY GARY NUMAN (1979)

The UK hit was a stray from Numan’s usual sound and it paid off reaching the heights of the charts over a couple of years.

2. BRAND NEW CADILLAC BY THE CLASH (1979)

The Clash’s remake of this song was feature on their popular London Calling album. Originally released in 1959 by Vince Taylor.

3. LITTLE RED CORVETTE BY PRINCE (1983)

It seems the Little Red Corvette was a bargain buy for Prince – the song was a great success, pushing him to the top 10 in the U.S. for the first time.


Little Red Corvette by Prince set to a video of night-time surfing in Bondi, NSW. 

4. CAMARO BY KINGS OF LEON (2007)

Released on Kings of Leon’s third album, Because of the Times. “Go, go, go” Camaro.

5. MERCEDES BENZ BY JANIS JOPLIN (1970)

The ‘70s iconic song makes an important political statement for the time, rejecting consumerism. The story goes that Joplin was at a bar with songwriter Bob Neuwrith and started singing the first line to a poem written by poet Michael McClure. Impromptu lyrics were written on a napkin and the rest is history.

6. MUSTANG SALLY BY WILSON PICKETT (1966)

According to our Lifestyle Ed, this is the ultimate karaoke song. Not many people know, but Wilson Pickett’s version was a cover. The original was released in 1965 by Mack Rice, but didn’t become popular until Pickett released it on his 1966 album The Wicked Pickett.

7. PINK CADILLAC BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (1984)

Let’s set the record straight with this one; this song is not about a Cadillac. When Springsteen sung about the Pink Cadillac, he wasn’t referring to Elvis’s tour car.  He even stopped Bette Midler from recording this song because it wasn’t a “girl’s song”.

8. I’M IN LOVE WITH MY CAR BY QUEEN (1975)

Written entirely by Roger Taylor (Queen’s drummer), this song was inspired by a roadie and his love of his Triumph TR4. There’s no love like a man and his car – the WhichCar office will happily provide inspiration to Taylor for a new song. 

9. BLACK LIMOUSINE BY THE ROLLING STONES (1981)

Black Limousine spent a few years locked away between 1978 until it’s release. It eventually featured on the bands Tattoo You album.

10. BIG RED CAR BY THE WIGGLES (1998)

Last but certainly not least… we think… this children’s favourite couldn’t miss out on this list.

Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga, Big Red Car!

And on that note, we leave you with that song on repeat in your head for the rest of the day. Enjoy!