With Summer time now here I can't wait to go to the car shows, American muscle cars, and some good old American music equals a good time. Over the years, American cars have often been celebrated in song. Music aficionados are familiar with “Mustang Sally,” but would “Celica Sally” produce the same nostalgia someday? It seems from the very beginning that muscle cars and music were tied together. An entire generation grew up with rock and roll on the radio, and a hot car in the driveway. For the first time, a hit song could help sell cars in the dealership and some manufacturers actually supported musicians that sang about their products. Here are just a few of the songs that helped define and popularize the muscle car.
The Mustang has been a symbol of speed among American motorists for many years, helped along some by Steve McQueen’s car chase through the streets of San Francisco in a GT 390 Fastback in the 1968 film “Bullitt.” However ‘Mustang Sally’ is about a lady driving her car at fast speeds.
Beach Boys paid tribute to drag racing with ‘Little Deuce Coupe’ which is an ode to a ’32 Ford with a big V8 that is custom made to blow the doors off gear-headed rivals.
Prince wrote ‘Little Red Corvette’ A more modern twist on the classic muscle car which again compares a woman to a hot muscle car. Chevrolet put up a billboard in 2001 with a picture of a red 1963 Corvette Sting Ray and the caption, “They don’t write songs about Volvos.”
In 1955, by a band called Charlie Ryan & the Timberline Riders. Ryan wrote the song about his own 12-cylinder hot rod Lincoln and a road race he embarked on in ‘Hot Rod Lincoln’
Chevrolet 409, which contained a 409-cubic-inch engine that could be modified by racers to generate more than 400 horsepower had a song written for it. The Beach Boys recorded “409” in 1962
Sometimes songs about muscle cars actually helped to sell the cars from the dealerships, and this is one of those songs. “GTO” describes the thrill of speed that muscle cars promised, and like many muscle car songs, mentions drag racing.
These are just a few of the famous songs that have immortalized the muscle car experience over the years. What are your favorite muscle car songs?