Chances are, even if you don’t own a Hot Rod Lincoln or a Little Deuce Coupe, you still have a favorite song about cars.
Dead Man’s Curve, Jan and Dean
409, Beach Boys
Hey Little Cobra, The Rip Cords
SS396, Paul Revere and the Raiders
Becky Angle, ME’04, Perryville, Mo.
No Money Down, Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band. Because if that car existed, it would be Rolla-style “high technology” with Rolla’s laid back country rock sound.
Bruce Bowermaster, MinE’80, Wood River, Ill.
Pink Cadillac, Bruce Springsteen
Greased Lightning, John Travlolta
Carl Goetz, CSci’84, Kansas City, Mo.
Even though it was before my time, I always liked Beep Beep by the Playmates.
Arnold Hart II, ChE’03, Florissant, Mo.
I had three favorite songs – 409, Hot Rod Lincoln and Little Deuce Coupe. My Chevy was all of these at one time or another, until I got out of first gear. All three songs represented the freedom of the road, which was so important in the 1960s.
Glen Lytle, EE’66, Troy, Ohio
I Love my Truck, Glen Campbell
There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio, Aaron Tippin
Hot Rod Lincoln … several recordings … one that comes to mind is by Commando Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen … or something like that
Drive My Car, The Beatles
Drag City, Jan and Dean
Transfusion, Nervous Norvus
Maybellene, Chuck Berry
My Old Yellow Car, Dan Seals
Take me for a Ride in Your Car, Peter, Paul and Mary – This one used to play quite often on the campus radio station in the mid-‘60s, when the campus station was called KMSM, had studios in the “temporary military buildings” and ran a whole 10 watts at 88.5 FM.
Mercury Blues, Alan Jackson
Conrad Otto, EE’69, St. Louis
Jerry Was a Race Car Driver, Primus
Dead Man’s Curve, Jan and Dean
Scott Preston, CE’97, Elizabethtown, Ky.
“My favorite car song is Mercury Blues by Alan Jackson. I’m crazy about the Mercurys I’ve driven for the past 26 years, first a Mercury Lynx from 1968-1999 and a Mercury Topaz from 1999 to the present. These have been good, reliable cars and inexpensive to operate. Too bad the Mercury car line has been discontinued.”
Donna Riggs, Math’94, Rolla, Mo.
Life is a Highway, Tom Cochrane
Low Rider, War
Little Red Corvette, Prince
455 Rocket, Kathy Mattea (and she has played at Leach Theatre!)
Vodoo Cadillac, Southern Culture on the Skids
Cars, Gary Numan
Long May You Run, Neil Young
Jeff Schramm, Hist’92, Rolla, Mo.
I Can’t Drive 55 by Sammy Hagar. I started driving during the 55 mile per hour maximum speed limit and to this day, I grumble when I encounter interstate highways that are still posted at 55 or 65 instead of 70.
Curt Schroeder, CSci’88, Bicester, United Kingdom
Rev it up and Go Go, Jesse James Dupree and Dixie Inc.
Derek Snyder, CSci’11, Platte City, Mo.
Little Deuce Coupe, and Little Old Lady from Pasadena, Beach Boys
Life is a Highway, Rascal Flats
Peter Stoll, IDE’10, Rolla, Mo.
“Son you’re gonna drive me to drinkin’ if you don’t stop drivin’ that hot rod Lincoln.” Recorded by many.
Len Stout, EMgt’70, Orinda, Calif.
I liked The Little Nash Rambler, because the drama of the story built up to an ending that poked fun at the haughty, self-absorbed.
Will Sudduth, CE’66, Decatur, Ill.
Little GTO, Ronnie and the Daytonas
One Piece at a Time, Johnny Cash
Brandon Teel, GeoE’01, Union, Mo.
Driver’s Seat, Sniff’n the Tears
Payton Wieland, CE’82, San Antonio, Texas
Shut Up and Drive, Rihanna
Scott Woodrow, Mountain Grove, Mo.