Songs about cars / road trips

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!

Born to be Wild

Radar Love

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Beep Beep " is a novelty song by The Playmates,

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" I’ve Been Everywhere " is a song which was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, and made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962.

The song as originally written listed Australian towns. It was later adapted by Australian singer Rolf Harris with English and Scottish toponyms (1963),[1] 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.[2] 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

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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

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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.

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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?

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And it HAS to be Chuck Berry’s version! :grin:


“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.


Mustang Sally


Accept no substitutes!


Not yet, but a may Google it.

15 days under the hood, original album release by NRPS, live versions are disappointing.

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Try it I think you will like it I can’t find who wrote it but whoever did was good.