Whether you’re working on your ride, cruising around town, or planning an epic road trip, these iconic songs deserve to be belted out.
Life is a Highway - Rascal Flatts, 2006
“Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I wanna drive it all night long”
I’m in Love With My Car - Queen, 1975
“The machine of a dream, such a clean machine,
With the pistons a pumpin', and the hubcaps all gleam.”
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman, 1988
“You got a fast car
Is it fast enough so we can fly away
We gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way”
“Fast Car’ was released in April 1988 as the lead single from Chapman’s self-titled debut album. Her appearance on the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute was the catalyst for the song's becoming a top 10 hit in the United States.
409 - The Beach Boys, 1962
“She's real fine, my 4-0-9
She's real fine, my 4-0-9
Drive My Car - The Beatles, 1965
“Baby you can drive my car
Yes I'm gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I'll love you”
Since 1965, this song has been covered by many artists such as former Spice Girls member Melanie C and Lulu, and the U.S. band Breakfast Club, which was featured in the 1988 film “License to Drive,” that was played over the opening credits.
One Piece at a Time - Johnny Cash, 1976
“I got it one piece at a time
And it wouldn't cost me a dime
You'll know it's me when I come through your town
I'm gonna ride around in style
I'm gonna drive everybody wild
'Cause I'll have the only one there is around”
"One Piece at a Time" was written by Wayne Kemp and recorded by Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three. It was the last song performed by Cash to reach number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
Little Red Corvette - Prince, 1983
“Little red Corvette
Baby you're much too fast
Little red Corvette
You need a love that's gonna last”
Prince got the idea for the song when he dozed off in band member Lisa Coleman's pink Mercury Montclair Marauder after an exhausting all-night recording session. It was his first song to reach the top 10 in the U.S., peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
On the Road Again - Willie Nelson, 1980
“And I can't wait to get on the road again
On the road again
Goin' places that I've never been
Seein' things that I may never see again”
Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, 1971
“It's got a Lincoln motor and it's really souped up.
That Model A Vitimix makes it look like a pup.
It's got eight cylinders; uses them all.
It's got overdrive, just won't stall.”
Originally sung by Charlie Ryan, the cover version Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen became the most successful version of "Hot Rod Lincoln," reaching No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 28 Adult Contemporary in 1972.
Low Rider - War, 1975
“All my friends know the low rider
The low rider is a little higher
“Low Rider” reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart and peaked at number 7 on the Pop Singles chart in 1975. The song has been featured in eighteen movies including “Dazed and Confused,” “A Knight’s Tale,” and “Paulie.”