I was listening to the radio on the ride home from work the other night, when a song came on that gave me the idea for today's automotive fun thread. Americans have been in love with their cars since the first Model T rolled off the assembly line, and have been composing ballads to their vehicular counterparts for about as long.
Today's Top Ten are the most memorable songs about cars, or at least songs that have cars in them:
1. 1990s Lincoln Mark VIII. My boss at my last job had one of these monsters, and he asked me to pick him up at another facility with his new Lincoln. Took it out on 95, punched it, and I swear I heard Scotty say "I canna give ye nay more Cap'n!" Song, obviously? "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen.
2. 1980s era Chevrolet Corvette - for Prince's "Little Red Corvette", natch. Back before Prince got all funky 'n' artsy, he kicked out some pretty decent songs. This wasn't particularly one of them, mind you, but it is about a car.
3. 1964½ Ford Mustang - for Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally", of course. It gets extra props because Aretha Franklin suggested the name (It was originally supposed to be "Mustang Mama", and it was written about Della Reese...)
4. 1960 Cadillac El Dorado, hot pink. Song, naturally, is Springstein's "Pink Cadillac". Which is not to be confused with the video for Aretha Franklin's "Freeway of Love", which features a pink Cadillac...
5. 1980s era Chevy Camaro, provided it's driven up from Jamaica. Song, quite appropriately, is "Bitchin' Camaro" by the Dead Milkmen.
6. 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, for Heart's "Barracuda". Not a car song, exactly, but just had to feature a Hemi 'Cuda...
7. 1964 Pontiac GTO. Since the Beach Boys wrote songs about girls, surfing, and cars, there's a bunch of their material dealing with four-wheeled transportation ("Little Deuce Coupe", "409", etc.). Many groups tried to match their winning formula for producing hit songs (most notable Jan & Dean), but Ronnie &The Daytona's "Little GTO" gets this nod.
8. 1950 Mercury coupe. This car is probably most famous for being Sylvester Stallone's mode of transport in the farcical "Cobra", but the song is "Crazy 'bout a Mercury", most recently covered by Alan Jackson.
9. The self-titled Nash Rambler. What late-night listener to Doctor Demento can hear the name "Nash Rambler" and not immediately start singing, "Beep beep. Beep beep. His horn went beep beep beep"...
10. 1970s Chrysler Newport. The B-52s sang about a Chrysler that "seats about 20", and the Newport certainly fits that description. In the pantheon of "Cars You Could Never, Ever Fit into a Modern Parking Space", the Newport from the early 1970s is right up at the top of the list.
Okay, so there's another automotive list for your amusement. I've got a pretty good idea for next week's list (at least *I* think it's a neat idea), but if there's anything y'all would like to see, give a shout and I'll see what I can do!
That is all.