Friday, May 28, 2010

Songs for Racing Fans

The Indy 500 is two days and 70 miles away. Here are some song suggestions to set the tone:

One of the best known early car songs comes from the 1930s: "Terraplane Blues" by Robert Johnson Nobody remembers the car anymore, but Robert Johnson is still revered as possibly the best blues artist ever recorded, and this song is one of his signature songs.

1935 Hudson Terraplane
From the 1950s:
Chuck Berry, No Particular Place to Go

From the 1960s:
Beach Boys: 409, Fun Fun Fun, and Little Deuce COupe
Jan & Dean: Dead Man's Curve
Ronny & the Daytonas Little G.T.O.

1961 Chevy Impala 409
From The 1970s:Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen: Hot Rod Lincoln
Janis Joplin: Mercedes Benz
War: Low Rider
Blackfoot: The Highway Song

Low Rider Car

From the 1980s & later:
Gary Numan: Cars
Queen I'm in Love with My Car
Bruce Springsteen's Cadillac Ranch
Or you could just check out the music of The Cars.

For fun reading, check out this list of the 100 Greatest Car Songs.

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