Hi everyone! Enjoy this fun guest post. Isn’t it amazing where inspiration can come from?
Cars have become embedded in every facet of our society, maybe even more so then computers. Think about it. There have been TV show’s, movies, books, video games and even music all devoted to cars. In fact some songs about cars are so famous that nearly everyone knows them and they have earned their place in history. Here are just a few of them.
Don McLean’s “American Pie” is hands down one of the most iconic songs in American history. Okay, it may not exactly be about cars, but everyone knows the phrase, “drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry.” The song was originally written in 1971 about the deaths of rock legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. However, McLean later wrote another version to include numerous other living artists. The song was a huge hit and has come to symbolize the good old days of rock ‘n roll, and America. In fact, the song was number one on the Billboard charts for four weeks straight. It also inspired Roberta Flack to compose and record the also famous song, “killing me softly.” Few songs are considered to be as important as American Pie.
Moving a decade forward into the 1980’s will give us another hit about a car. Not only are we moving up in time but also in car quality as “Pink Cadillac” was play on the radio. Okay, you might think this is a tribute to Mary Kay cosmetics but it wasn’t and ironically enough the song wasn’t originally a hit. Bruce Springsteen wrote and released on the B side of “Dancing in the Dark” in 1984. It received nominal play on rock radio and peaked the Billboards at number 27. It wasn’t until four years later when Natalie Cole covered it that it hit the top ten charts. That being said, in case you wondering, yes, it is a sexual reference as well.
Keeping with the 1980’s theme finds us with yet another hit song also about a Chevy with Prince’s “Little Red Corvette.” Debuting in 1983 on Prince’s album 1999, it was his first album to hit the top ten on the Billboards’ Hot 100 list finishing at number 6. Surprisingly, it was also his first song to do better on the pop charts then the R&B charts, thanks largely in part to the poppy chorus. Once again this song is also a sexual euphemism but like Pink Cadillac, most people don’t realize this. Chevy could hardly ask for a better promotional song.
Of course there are many other famous songs about cars, many continuing the sexual theme such as Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally” and “Drive My Car” by the Beatles. Of course don’t forget any number of country songs about used cars trucks. Who knew that cars could provide such creative inspiration?
Rusty Jefferson like in the golden state of California. He writes about pop culture, music and life. Enterprise Car Sales is one example of where to find your own car to inspire your music.