I’m the Besta in my Tesla

Our musical heritage is full of songs depicting the American love for the automobile. That love now seems to be gone. I remember when 4 on the floor made you the envy of your friends. Cars were jacked up. Cars were lowered. Accessories abound. Chrome trim, mag wheels were the rage. So I am wondering will the truly awful looking teeny cars, plug-ins and greenie weenie hybrids inspire the next generation of songs? “I’m gettin’ a jolt from my Volt” or perhaps “I plugged into my Charger into my charger?” Yes I know that Tesla owners constitute a cult. No car is rated lower in quality yet no car has a higher owner satisfaction. Hence, a cult is the only explanation for its owners fanatical love.

There is actually a website that lists the number of mentions of all car brands in the songs but not necessarily in the title. Mercedes has over 5,000 while Tesla has only 140 and most of those are either in German and/or parodies.

I have listed a few below songs with cars in the title in no particular order – I’ve omitted mentions such as ”drove my Chevy to the levy”.  I am especially fond of Maybelinne, Pink Cadillac, Freeway of Love and Mustang Sally. I’m waiting for a song about a lowered Tesla with mag wheels and the driver doing a gangsta lean.

What are your favorites?

Maybelinne – Chuck Berry

Freeway of Love (Pink Cadillac)- Aretha Franklin 

Little Red Corvette – Prince

Jaguar – The Who

Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett 

From a Buick 6 – Bob Dylan

64 Chevolet Impala – Dr Dre 

Wild, Wild Mustang – The Del-Tones 

Little Deuce Coupe – Beach Boys 

Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin 

Pink Cadillac – Natalie Cole

Trans Am – Neil Young

Little GTO – Ronnie and the Daytonas

Jeepster – T-Rex

I’m Changing My Name to Chrysler – Tom Paxton 

Chevrolet – ZZ Top

Long White Cadillac – The Blasters 

Who’s Cadillac is That? – War 

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