17 Best Songs About Cars

By Nico Gonzalez

Songs about cars are popular with the general public, especially because most people either own or want to own a car. These songs are great for driving along with your window down (or sometimes up) on any sunny afternoon. Many of these songs will no doubt make you nostalgic for days when you were cruising around with buddies in high school. The list includes some old-school classics as well as more recent hits.


Little Red Corvette – Prince

Prince - Little Red Corvette (Official Music Video)

It’s hard to imagine a better song to start off this list than one about a little red Corvette. This song was released in 1983 and is still popular today. The lyrics are fun and flirtatious, and the song has a great beat that will get your toes tapping.

Drive – The Cars

The Cars - Drive (Official Music Video)

This song was released in 1984 and is about a man who is fed up with his job and life in general. He gets in his car and drives away, hoping to find something better. The Cars were a popular rock band in the 80s, and this song is one of their most well-known. Driving while listening to this song might make you feel like you could ‘drive away’ from whatever problems you have.

Hot Rod Heart – John Fogerty

John Fogerty - Hot Rod Heart

John Fogerty is a rock legend, and this song is one of his most famous. It was released in 1987 and is about a man who falls in love with a girl who drives a hot rod. The lyrics are fun and the song has a great beat. It’s an ideal song to listen to if you’re feeling rebellious. Because of this, it’s apparently a favorite of both truck drivers and punks.

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) (Official Music Video)

This song was released in 1988 and is about two brothers who are separated by distance. They promise each other that they will always be there for each other, no matter what. The Proclaimers are a Scottish band and this song was their biggest hit. Some of the lyrics in this song are in Scottish Gaelic, which adds to its charm.

Steal My Sunshine – Len

Len - Steal My Sunshine

This song was released in 1999 and is one of the most upbeat songs on this list. The lyrics are fun and carefree, and will remind you of a simpler time in life. It’s hard not to feel good listening to this song, which has a great beat that makes you want to dance. Those who are feeling down should definitely give this song a listen.

Pink Cadillac – Bruce Springsteen

Pink Cadillac - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen is a legendary American singer-songwriter, and this song is one of his most famous. It was released in 1984 and is about a man who falls in love with a woman who drives a pink Cadillac. The lyrics are fun and romantic, and the song has a great beat. Best of all, the song has Springsteen’s signature rock and roll sound.

Roadhouse Blues – The Doors

The Doors - Roadhouse Blues

The Doors were an iconic rock band in the 60s and 70s, and this song is one of their most famous. It was released in 1970 and is about a man who is trying to escape the troubles of the world. The song has a great bluesy feel to it, and will have you tapping your toes. In time, this song will for sure make you think of the open road.

Little Deuce Coupe – The Beach Boys

Little Deuce Coupe (Remastered)

The Beach Boys are a legendary American band, and this song is one of their most famous. It was released in 1963 and is about a man who is in love with a car (a little deuce coupe). The lyrics are fun and the song has a great beat. The beach Boys had many, many hits in the 60s. This song has a fun summer vibe to it, and will have you feeling like you’re on the beach while driving around with your friends.

Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett

Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally

Wilson Pickett was a popular soul singer in the 60s and 70s, and this song is one of his most famous. It was released in 1966 and is about a man who is in love with a car (a Mustang Sally). The lyrics are fun and the song has a great beat. Something about this song just makes you feel happy, and it’s the perfect song to listen to if you’re feeling down.

Wheels – The Ventures

The Ventures - Wheels

The Ventures were a popular instrumental band in the 60s, and this song is one of their most famous. It was released in 1968 and is about a man who is in love with a car (a Hot Wheels). The song has a great surf rock feel to it, and will have you tapping your toes.

Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car – Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car (Official Video)

Billy Ocean is a popular soul singer, and this song is one of his most famous. It was released in 1988 and is about a man who is in love with a car (a get outta my dreams). The lyrics are fun and the song has a great beat. Dreams and cars (especially convertibles) have long been a popular topic in music.

Hot Rod Lincoln – Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen were a popular country band in the 70s, and this song is one of their most famous. It was released in 1972 and is about a man who is in love with a car (a Hot Rod Lincoln). The lyrics are fun and the song has a great beat. Since this song was written by country legends, it has a classic country sound to it. Something about this song will have you feeling like you’re out in the country driving down dirt roads with your best friends.

The Race is On – George Jones

George Jones - The Race Is On

George Jones was a popular country singer in the 60s and 70s, and this song is one of his most famous. It was released in 1974 and is about a man who is in love with a car (a race is on). The song has a fun country feel to it, and will have you tapping your feet. Also, the lyrics are a great example of classic country songwriting.

Bust a Move – Young MC

Young MC "Bust A Move"

Young MC was a popular hip-hop artist in the 80s, and this song is one of his most famous. It was released in 1989 and is about getting girls into cars (busting moves). The song has a great funky feel to it, and will have you dancing. Once you read the lyrics, you should take a listen to this song. Chances are, it’s one that you already know and love!

GTO – Ronnie & the Daytonas

Ronnie and the Daytonas were a popular surf rock band in the 60s, and this song is one of their most well-known. It was released in 1964 and is about a man who wants his car to be faster than all of them (GTOs). The lyrics are fun and the song has a great beat. It’s the perfect song to listen to if you’re feeling down because it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

I Drove All Night – Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison - I Drove All Night (Official Video)

Roy Orbison was a popular rock and roll singer in the 50s and 60s, and this song is one of his most famous. It was released in 1989 and is about a man who is driving all night long. The song has a great rock and roll feel to it, and will have you tapping your toes. Some people might recognize this song from the mid-90s Jeep commercial. Once you read these lyrics, listen to this song for yourself. It’s one that you won’t regret checking out!

Pinball Wizard – The Who

The Who-Pinball Wizard

The Who were a popular rock band in the 60s and 70s, and this song is one of their most famous. It was released in 1969 and is about a man who is in love with a car (a pinball wizard). The lyrics are fun and the song has a great beat. Even if you haven’t heard this song before, it will have you singing along. Anyone looking for a fun rock song should check out Pinball Wizard by The Who!

Life in the Fast Lane – Eagles

Life in the Fast Lane (2013 Remaster)

The Eagles were a popular rock band in the 70s, and this song is one of their most famous. It was released in 1976 and is about a man who is in love with a car (a life in the fast lane). The lyrics are fun and the song has a great beat. Eagles are one of the most well-known rock bands, so chances are you already know and love this song!

Do you have a favorite car-related song? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to check out our playlist of 20 best songs about cars on Spotify!