No. 7: "Low Rider" by WAR
"Low Rider" is a 1975 song that chronicles the practice in auto culture of installing hydraulics to a muscle car's suspension system, making it a "low rider."
The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also featured on the soundtrack to the 1995 film "Dazed and Confused," a movie about a bunch of teenagers that like to drive around and go cruising in the 1970s.
Listen to it a few times, and you will wish you were right there with them.
All my friends know the low rider
The low rider is a little higher
Low rider drives a little slower
Low rider is a real goer
No. 6: "Pink Cadillac" by Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen used auto imagery in many of his songs, but probably never more famously than in this top 10 hit from 1984.
The Boss has said that he was inspired to become a musician after seeing Elvis Presley on television when he was 7 years old. While the owner of the pink Cadillac in the song is a woman, it's difficult to imagine that it wasn't at least partially inspired by Elvis Presley's famous pink Cadillac, which is still preserved at Graceland.
As you listen to the song's soulful saxophone whine, we bet you won't be able to think of anything but the open road.
But my love is bigger than a Honda
It's bigger than a Subaru
Hey man there's only one thing
And one car that will do
No. 5: "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Charlie Ryan
"Hot Rod Lincoln" has been recorded by several artists, but was originally written by Charlie Ryan and released in 1955. The song is about a race between a Lincoln and a Cadillac and is considered a classic among hot rod and drag racing culture.
Ryan, who owned a real hot rod that was built from a 1948 12-cylinder Lincoln chassis shortened two feet and with a 1930 Ford Model A body, actually recorded the song twice. His 1959 version, recorded as Charlie Ryan and The Timberline Riders, is probably the better known of the two.
The song also found fame in versions recorded by Johnny Bond in 1960 and Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen in 1975, which climbed to No. 9 on the Billboard charts.
My pappy said, "Son, you're gonna' drive me to drinkin'
If you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln
No. 4: "Let Me Ride" by Dr. Dre
Just like their rocker counterparts, rappers have an affinity for automobiles.
On his landmark 1992 album "The Chronic," considered one of the most influential in the history of rap and hip hop, Dr. Dre documented rap culture's love of the low rider on "Let Me Ride." It also didn't hurt that the chorus features a sweet funkadelic sample from George Clinton and Parliament.