Top 10 Songs About Cars

By David Thomas  on February 1, 2008

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With the Grammys fast approaching, Cars.com took some time to determine the ultimate car songs of all time. These are ditties that name cars either in the title or in the tune itself. It might come as a surprise, but this was one of our most hotly debated Top 10s yet. Check it out here.

On a side note, we decided to ask our editorial staff what would be their Top 10 must-have songs if they were stuck in their car with nothing else to listen to. These “desert car” lists are below. Feel free to share your own list and/or ridicule our questionable taste in music in the comments below.

Patrick Olsen, managing editor

  • Run Like Hell — Pink Floyd
  • American Girl — Tom Petty
  • Phantom Limb — The Shins
  • Steady, As She Goes — Raconteurs
  • Message of Love — Pretenders
  • Life is a Highway — Tom Cochrane
  • Island in the Sun — Weezer
  • Trouble — Pink
  • La Grange — ZZ Top
  • Band on the Run — Paul McCartney

Amanda Wegrzyn, Advice editor

  • Mass Romantic — New Pornographers
  • Last Goodbye — Jeff Buckley
  • Stand Inside Your Love — Smashing Pumpkins
  • Bring It on Home to Me — Sam Cooke
  • So Begins Our Alabee — Of Montreal
  • Valerie Loves Me — Material Issue
  • Still Be Around — Uncle Tupelo
  • Teenage Wristband — The Twilight Singers
  • Suffering — Satchel
  • Sweetness — Jimmy Eat World

David Thomas, KickingTires editor

  • Life Wasted — Pearl Jam
  • Do You Like Me — Fugazi
  • Dirty Leaves — The Bronx
  • 10001110101 — Clutch
  • Something Bigger, Something Brighter — Pretty Girls Make Graves
  • Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone? — Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
  • Power and Privilege — Enon
  • What I Saw — John Frusciante
  • Mojo — Peeping Tom
  • Better Living Through Chemistry — Queens of the Stone Age

Joe Bruzek, Ask.cars.com

  • Bad Boy Boogie (live) — AC/DC
  • Super-Charger Heaven — White Zombie
  • Let It Out  — Ugly Duckling
  • Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber, Pt. 2 — Wu-Tang Clan
  • A Day At The Races — Jurassic 5
  • My Favourite Waste of Time — Speech Defect
  • Top Back — T.I.
  • Hypnotize — Notorious B.I.G.
  • The Dig — People Under the Stairs
  • Go With the Flow — Queens of the Stone Age

Mike Hanley, Cars.com reviewer

  • North American Scum — LCD Soundsystem
  • Bombtrack — Rage Against the Machine
  • I Won't Back Down — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Click Click Boom — Saliva
  • Big Machine — Goo Goo Dolls
  • Somewhere Only We Know — Keane
  • Bronzing the Garbage — The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  • To Defy The Laws of Tradition — Primus
  • Face to Face — Paul Van Dyk
  • On Your Side — Pete Yorn

Kelsey Mays, Cars.com reviewer

  • Be Yourself — Audioslave
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps — The Beatles
  • Welcome to the Fold — Filter
  • Come Alive — Foo Fighters
  • The Warmth — Incubus
  • Praise Chorus — Jimmy Eat World
  • Kitty — Presidents of the USA
  • Wake Up — Rage Against the Machine
  • Plush — Stone Temple Pilots
  • No One Else — Weezer

Beth Palmer, copy editor

  • Fool in the Rain — Led Zeppelin
  • Livin’ On A Prayer — Bon Jovi
  • Love and Memories — O.A.R.
  • Stolen — Dashboard Confessional
  • Ashes and Wine — A Fine Frenzy
  • Power of Love — Huey Lewis and the News
  • Nothing Else Matters — Metallica
  • I Am A Rock (live) — Simon and Garfunkel
  • Free Fallin’ — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For —U2

Ian Merritt, staff photographer

  • Mistakes & Regrets — ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
  • No More Fighting Cats, OK? — Des_Ark
  • Coolidge — The Descendents
  • Accident Prone — Jawbreaker
  • Colony of Birchmen — Mastodon
  • That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate — Mission of Burma
  • Hold My Life — The Replacements
  • Prayer to God — Shellac
  • Precision Auto — Superchunk
  • Gun — Uncle Tupelo

Sarah Gersh, multimedia producer

  • Shot Through The Heart — Bon Jovi
  • Motown Philly — Boyz II Men
  • Footloose — Kenny Loggins
  • Beggin’ — Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
  • Scream — Michael Jackson
  • Defying Gravity — Wicked
  • Yeah — Usher
  • Piece Of Me — Britney Spears
  • Here I Go Again On My Own — Whitesnake
  • Christina Aguilera — Dirtty

Lindsay Bjerregaard, multimedia producer

  • Buddy Holly — Weezer
  • Punk Rock Princess — Something Corporate
  • Stacked Actors — Foo Fighters
  • Beating Heart Baby — Head Automatica
  • Sweetness — Jimmy Eat World
  • Time Is Running Out — Muse
  • Strange Condition — Pete Yorn
  • Nightingale — Saves the Day
  • You’re So Last Summer — Taking Back Sunday
  • The Best of Me — The Starting Line

Stephen Markley, assistant producer

  • Atlantic City — Bruce Springsteen
  • Promised Land — Bruce Springsteen
  • Backstreets — Bruce Springsteen
  • My City of Ruins — Bruce Springsteen
  • Drive All Night — Bruce Springsteen
  • Youngstown — Bruce Springsteen
  • How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times as These? — Bruce Springsteen
  • Spirit of the Night — Bruce Springsteen
  • Rosalita — Bruce Springsteen
  • Darkness on the Edge of Town — Bruce Springsteen

Eamonn Brennan, assistant producer

  • Running Down a Dream — Tom Petty
  • Smokestack Lightning — Yardbirds
  • Paranoid Android — Radiohead
  • Bros — Panda Bear
  • Get Innocuous! — LCD Soundsystem
  • Stray Cat Blues — Rolling Stones
  • Ball and Biscuit — The White Stripes
  • Hey — The Pixies
  • Like a Rolling Stone — Bob Dylan
  • Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat — Bob Dylan


Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David


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