I’m working on a video about the history of auto safety: would our knowledgable crew kindly list some automotive / road trip songs pre-1980? Thanks!
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The song as originally written listed Australian towns. It was later adapted by Australian singer Rolf Harris with English and Scottish toponyms (1963), and by John Hore (later known as John Grenell) with New Zealand toponyms (1966). In 1962, the song was a number-one US country hit for Hank Snow. The song was also recorded by Lynn Anderson (US 1970), Asleep at the Wheel (US 1973), Johnny Cash (US 1996.
Lots of truck and motorcycle songs too.
Rocket 88… 1950, Ike Turner. Arguably the first Rock and Roll song ever.
“Vehicle” by Ides of March
Hot Rod Lincoln, Commander Cody
“Hot Rod Lincoln” by Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen
“Little Deuce Coupe” by the Beach Boys
The Little Old Lady from Pasedena by Jan and Dean
“Low Rider” by War
“Shakin’” by Eddie Money
Low Rider! Love that song!
Speedball Tucker / Jim Croce
Life in the Fast Lane / The Eagles
Truckin’ / The Grateful Dead
Graceland / Paul Simon (more road trip than cars)
America / Simon and Garfunkel
Route 66 / Chuck Berry
On the Road Again / Willie Nelson
Ramblin’ Man / Allman Brothers
Life is a Highway / Tom Cochrane
Fast Car / Tracy Chapman
Hit the Road Jack / Ray Charles
The Distance / Cake
Stickshifts and Safety Belts / Cake
And of course, Rusty Chevrolet / Da Yoopers
" I’ve Been Everywhere "
Have you heard the new quarantine version I ain’t been no where.
Boys of Summer, written by Don Henley and Mike Campbell.
There’s also Rapid Roy (the Stock Car Boy) from Jim Croce.
And Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. And I don’t know if anyone mentioned Maybellene.
Depending what time of year you have in mind how about The rusty chevrolet by Da Yooper’s?
And it HAS to be Chuck Berry’s version!
“Little Nash Rambler” by The Playmates in the mid 50s I believe it was.
“Cadillac Walk” by Willy Deville.
More modern but funny anyway is “Two Ton Paperweight” by Psychostick.
Accept no substitutes!
Not yet, but a may Google it.
15 days under the hood, original album release by NRPS, live versions are disappointing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQrtKqf4bGk
Try it I think you will like it I can’t find who wrote it but whoever did was good.