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Five Cool Songs About Cars and Driving

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On: Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 6:31PM | By: Gary P Garry

Five Cool Songs About Cars and Driving

Driving a car is more than just a matter of getting from point A to point B. This is especially true when you are old enough to drive, but too young to live on your own. I can remember when my car was like my living room on wheels. One thing that I would certainly have in my living room at the time was a good stereo, so there was always music filling up my ride.

A lot of people would agree with me when I say that music and driving your car go hand-in-hand. With this in mind, let's look back at five cool songs about cars and driving.

Thunder Road

I grew up in New Jersey when Bruce Springsteen was making truly inspired music. Thunder Road is a song that sounds like a magic ride out of limitation and into true freedom, fueled by youthful enthusiasm and ambition.

Low Rider
A low rider is a car that has been modified to sit low to the ground, and the driver of such a car can also be referred to as a low rider. Cool cats in So Cal started the low rider thing in the 1950s, and they originally used heavy stuff in the trunks of their cars to achieve the effect.

These days a lot of low riders are adjustable through the use of hydraulics.

The tune Low Rider was written by War, and it came out of the culture that the members lived in when they were coming up in Long Beach, California during the 1960s. They loved cars, and they drove and worked on Low Riders. They wrote about what they knew.

Drive My Car
In 1965 the Beatles released the Rubber Soul album, and it included the tune Drive My Car. It's the song that opened the album, and as you may know, the Beatles were heavily influenced by the blues. Though it's not a blues number musically, lyrically, there is a euphemism that is certainly influenced by the blues.

You figure it out.

One Headlight
Imagine being a singer-songwriter who happens to be Bob Dylan's son. It's great on the one hand, because everyone knows your name. It's rough on the other, because of the expectations.

I don't know if it is on papa's level, but the tune Jakob Dylan wrote as a member of the Wallflowers called One Headlight is a very cool song about the kind of car that many of us had at one time or another.

Little Red Corvette
We'll round out the list with Little Red Corvette by Prince. The Corvette is in a class by itself, and Prince, well...he is certainly a one-of-a-kind musical force who can take you from zero to sixty in a hurry.


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