It's one thing to mention a car in a lyric or to casually use one as a prop in a music video, but it's a completely different level of honor to use an automotive name, whether it be the make or the model, in the title of a song. Cars have long been a focus in music, and they have been used to paint a wide variety of themes.
Some use them as metaphors for deeper subject matter, some use them as a representation of weath, some compare them to women, and some just love talking about driving. Regardless, we're happy any time old Chevys, classic Cadillacs or brute muscle cars can get some shine. Somewhat spurred by Ace Hood's "Bugatti" (we included it in the lead, but not in the actual list), check out our most recent playlist of cars that have been immortilized in music.
The Dead Milkmen "Bitchin' Camaro"
"What kind of car do you got?" The Dead Milkmen sing. "Oh, a bitchin' Camaro" is the response offered. It's one of few cars and few songs that we'd actually allow somebody to call it "bitchin'." Because, well, it's the word bitchin'.
Yelawolf "Box Chevy"
Yelawolf goes cruising around looking for a queen to come sit the passenger seat of a car he says was built for exactly that reason. Careful, though, Yela. Sipping a bottle of Jack Daniels while you proceed on your search might not be the best idea.
E-40 ft. B-Legit & Richie RIch "Cutlass"
"My paint be dripping wet/I'm clean as Clorox," E-40 raps as he boasts about his Cutlass Convertible. Electric dash and a dual exhaust? 40 really knows his stuff.
Hit-Boy ft. Kid Cudi "Old School Caddy"
Buried under the rest of the the talent on the same label, Hit-Boy released his album "HITstory" on G.O.O.D. Music last year, leading the way with this Kid Cudi-assisted jammer "Old School Caddy." Over upbeat high-hat and snare, the chorus hits with "Cruising down the block trying to clock my ends/Old school Caddy or a new school Benz," while Cudder enforces the latter with his line, "range ripper, honest little motherfucker/In the SLS stuntin like a motherfucker." They both have excellent auto taste.
Ronnie and the Daytonas "Little G.T.O."
Though Ronnie and the Daytonas could be considered a classic surf rock band of the 1960s, this tune was an ode to traveling by land. Their love affair with the G.T.O. was captured here, as the Daytonas crooned about how good the thing sounds when you simply crank the ignition (something a lot of cars are sadly missing these days ...)
The Clash "Brand New Cadillac"
What a tease. The Clash sing about a girl who rolls up to their house in a brand new Caddy, just to let them know that she's never ever coming back. In the words of Stephanie Tanner, "HOW RUDE."
Three 6 Mafia "Ridin' in Da Chevy"
A warm day in January finds our southern trio crusing around in a topless Chevy, smoking weed, drinking beer and all around running shit like they've done for more than a decade.
The Rip Chords "Hey Little Cobra"
There could be worse ways to spend your day than taking your AC Cobra down to the race track and dusting everyone in sight, as The Rip Chords most definitely did before writing this song.
Neil Young "Trans Am"
A slow paced jam finds Neil Young weaving in and out of a dark story that has one thing in common: A vision of an old Trans Am.
ZZ Top "Chevrolet"
The long-bearded men of ZZ Top apparently like to take their time in their Chevy, not pushing the pedal to the floor like we prefer. A song about the thrill of the slow drive to a destination over a rusty guitar just feels right. We're guessing they, too, met some hoes, homie, long before Kanye West.
Eazy E "Cruisin' in my '64"
Eazy E regales us with a day in the life of crusing the streets of Compton with the top down. Activites include slappin' hoes, going to the park to get the daily scoop of what's going on, and an El Camino pulling up beside him to offer some life lessons.
Lloyd Banks ft. Juelz Santana "Beamer, Benz or Bentley"
An infectious beat made this song with three luxury cars in the title an instant hit when it dropped in February of 2009. Banks spoke candidly about taking a girl back to his place in each of these whips. Must be a tough decision every night.
And, of course, we can't mention this song without also including the opposite side of the spectrum with Joell Ortiz's "Nissan, Honda, Chevy." It's a tad more easy to related to:
T. Rex "Jeepster"
A favorite of Quinten Tarantino's (he featured it in his film Death Proof in 2007), a band with an awesome name sings about an awesome car. The song enjoyed it's high when it hit No. 2 on the UK charts.
Janis Joplin "Mercedes Benz"
A song about rejecting the notion of consumerism disguised as Joplin's prayer to the Lord to deliver her a Mercedez -enz and a color TV. It was also one of the last songs Joplin recorded before she died in 1970.
This is classic Outkast, the Outkast we miss everyday of our lives. They spend a few minutes spazzing out on a track that somehow fits Cadillac into its title. Really, that's all you need in life.
Kings of Leon "Camaro"
Kings of Leon, 2007 style. Raspy vocals, killer, up-tempo baseline, and a southern-infused guitar riff make it impossible to sing about anything other than a fast car. The Camaro seems right at home here as the song's title.
David Banner "Cadillac On 22s"
It really is levels to this shit. Banner uses a Cadillac, which he says represents wealth and prosperity in the South, as a metaphor for the obsession his community has with trying obtain material things, himself included. That's deep DB. That's deep.
Wale ft. Rick Ross & Jadakiss "600 Benz"
Wale lets his MMG boss and Jadakiss tag along as he raps about the grind he's gone through to be able to purchase a top model Mercedes (too bad the one in the video is an S550). And if anyone knows about the grind to get his name out there, it's Wale. Remember Attention Deficit? Anyone?
Rick Ross ft. T-Pain, Kanye West & Lil' Wayne "Maybach Music 2"
The original "Maybach Music" was cool, but the second installment of Rick Ross' Maybach Music series is far and away the best. Over hard hitting piano keys, T-Pain (remember him?) tells us that the realest shit he ever wrote came from sitting in the front seat of a Maybach. Why wasn't he lounging in the reclining rear seats, though?
Rick Ross ft. Drake & Chrisette Michelle "Aston Martin Music"
Rick Ross recruits Drake and Chrisette Michelle in his follow up to the Maybach Music series, this time focusing his attention to the Aston Martin. What, you're too big for a Ford Tarus Music track now Rozay? Oh, wait, he made "Box Chevy," too.
Curren$y "Corvette Doors"
Once just a kid who dreamt about burning rubber behind the wheel of a Corvette, Curren$y is now living that life to the fullest. In "Corvette Doors," Spitta let's you know just how far he's come, and just how much better his car, and life, is than yours.
Yelawolf "Daddy's Lambo"
There's nothing wrong with hanging out with a rich girl if only because you want to take her father's Lamborghini for a spin on the way to the chop shop. "Need a rich girl like I need a headache/But I can take it if I can drive your daddy's toy," Yela spits. Yeah, that's a fair trade-off.
Prince "Little Red Corvette"
Red Corvettes are dope, but Prince was certainly not singing about a car here. His ode to a one-night stand he had with a woman who likes to sleep around, in which he urges her to slow down, was one of the polarizing singer's biggest hits of all time.
Bob Dylan "From A Buick 6"
A young Bob Dylan gets sentimental about his Buick in this blues-infused track, personifying her as a woman to make singing about it a little less weird. "She's a junkyard angel," Dylan sings. Adorable.
Bruce Springsteen "Pink Cadillac"
Leave it up to The Boss, an American icon, to croon about one of the most classic American-made vehicles ever. Now, please remove your minds from the gutter and appreciate the song for what it's really about: a car.