Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 CAR SONGS
OF THE '50S AND '60S

  1. The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) - Jan and Dean - 1964
  2. Maybellene - Chuck Berry - 1955
  3. Beep Beep - The Playmates - 1958
  4. Hey Little Cobra - The Rip Chords - 1964
  5. G.T.O. - Ronny and the Daytonas - 1964
  6. Fun, Fun, Fun - The Beach Boys - 1964
  7. Rocket "88" - Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats - 1951
  8. Teen Angel - Mark Dinning - 1960
  9. Dead Man's Curve - Jan and Dean - 1964
  10. Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat - Paul Evans and the Curls - 1959
  11. Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers - 1964
  12. Wheels - The String-A-Longs - 1961
  13. Forty Miles of Bad Road - Duane Eddy - 1959
  14. Transfusion - Nervous Norvus - 1956
  15. No Particular Place To Go - Chuck Berry - 1964
  16. Drag City - Jan and Dean - 1963
  17. Tell Laura I Love Her - Ray Peterson - 1960
  18. Maybelline - Johnny Rivers - 1964
  19. Little Deuce Coupe - The Beach Boys - 1963
  20. Detour - Patti Page - 1951
  21. Cab Driver - The Mills Brothers - 1968
  22. Shut Down - The Beach Boys - 1963
  23. Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett - 1966
  24. Stick Shift - The Duals - 1961
  25. Hot Rod Lincoln - Johnny Bond - 1960
  26. Route 66 Theme - Nelson Riddle - 1962
  27. Three Window Coupe - The Rip Chords - 1964
  28. Hot Rod Lincoln - Charlie Ryan and the Timberline Riders - 1960
  29. Hot Rod Race - Arkie Shibley - 1950
  30. Wheels - Billy Vaughn - 1961
  31. Tijuana Taxi - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - 1966
  32. The Ballad of Thunder Road - Robert Mitchum - 1958
  33. Drive My Car - The Beatles - 1966
  34. Cadillac Baby - Roy Brown - 1950
  35. Sting Ray - The Routers - 1963
  36. Hot Rod Race - Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan - 1951
  37. Crosstown Traffic - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - 1968
  38. Hot Rod Race - Tiny Hill - 1951
  39. Bucket "T" - Ronny and the Daytonas - 1964
  40. Somethin Else - Eddie Cochran - 1959
  41. I Wouldn't Buy a Used Car From Him - Norma Jean - 1965
  42. Road Hog - John D. Loudermilk - 1962
  43. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Paul Mauriat - 1968
  44. 409 - The Beach Boys - 1962
  45. Side Car Cycle - Charlie Ryan and the Timberline Riders - 1960
  46. Gas Money - Jan and Arnie - 1958
  47. Custom Machine - Bruce and Terry - 1964
  48. Wreck on the Highway - Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper - 1961
  49. Drivin' Home - Duane Eddy - 1961
  50. A House, a Car and a Wedding Ring - Dale Hawkins - 1958
  51. Little Side Car - The Larks - 1951
  52. No Money Down - Chuck Berry - 1955
  53. The Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review and Timing Association - Jan and Dean - 1964
  54. Dear Dad - Chuck Berry - 1965
  55. Driving Wheel - Little Junior Parker - 1961
  56. Drive My Car - Bob Kuban and the In-Men - 1966
  57. A House, a Car and a Wedding Ring - Mike Preston - 1958
  58. Race With the Devil - Gene Vincent - 1956
  59. My Old Car - Lee Dorsey - 1967
  60. The Scavenger - Dick Dale and his Del-Tones - 1963
  61. Maybellene - Marty Robbins - 1955
  62. Mustang Sally - Sir Mack Rice - 1965
  63. A Tiger in My Tank - Jim Nesbitt - 1965
  64. Baby Driver - Simon and Garfunkel - 1969
  65. Car Trouble - The Eligibles - 1959
  66. Keep A-Driving - Chuck Willis - 1958
  67. Volkswagen - Ray Pillow - 1966
  68. Jaguar and Thunderbird - Chuck Berry - 1960
  69. If My Car Could Only Talk - Lou Christie - 1966
  70. GeeTO Tiger - The Tigers - 1965
  71. Competition Coupe - The Astronauts - 1964
  72. Cadillac Jack - Andre Williams - 1968
  73. Draggin' Wagon - The Surfer Girls - 1964
  74. Shiny Red Automobile - George Morgan - 1967
  75. Long Black Limousine - Jody Miller - 1968
  76. Buick 59 - The Medallions - 1954
  77. Calling All Cars - Davey Summers - 1963
  78. The Last Drag - The Voxpoppers - 1958
  79. (There's) No Room to Rhumba in a Sports Car - Elvis Presley - 1963
  80. From a Buick 6 - Bob Dylan - 1965
  81. The Last Race - Jack Nitzsche - 1964
  82. Stingray - The Shadows - 1965
  83. Route 66 - The Rolling Stones - 1966
  84. I Love You, Honey - Patsy Cline - 1956
  85. You Can't Catch Me - Chuck Berry - 1956
  86. Mustang Sally - The Young Rascals - 1966
  87. Motoring - Martha and the Vandellas - 1965
  88. The Yellow Rolls-Royce - Riz Ortolani - 1965
  89. Rev Up - Manuel and the Renegades - 1963
  90. No Wheels - The Chordettes - 1959
  91. Freeway - The Fugitives - 1960
  92. SS 396 - Paul Revere and the Raiders - 1965
  93. Black and White Thunderbird - The Delicates - 1959
  94. Speedway - Elvis Presley - 1968
  95. Oh! Oh! Get Out of the Car - Richard Berry - 1955
  96. Bucket "T" - The Who - 1967
  97. T-Model Boogie - Rosco Gordon - 1953
  98. Flat Tire - The Del Vikings - 1958
  99. Four in the Floor - The Shutdowns - 1963
  100. A-Bone - The Trashmen - 1964

This list is comprised of songs about all types of cars, including hot rods, and includes vocal and instrumental recordings about automobile-related driving. Songs about trucks, motorcycles or buses do not qualify for the list. Rankings are based on the popularity of each song during the period of 1950 through 1969, but songs about cars, or with car names in the titles, are given more emphasis than songs where cars figure less prominently in the lyrics.

Chuck Berry is the king of the car songs with six on the list, plus three others as songwriter. Jan Berry claims the runner-up spot, appearing on five songs (four with Dean Torrence and one with Arnie Ginsburg).




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