No. 2: "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys
The Beach Boys sang about cars almost as often as they did about surfing and beach life.
Classics like "409," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Shut Down" and "Little Deuce Coupe" are all about cars. Aside from their music, the Beach Boys' iconic image of easy-going, free-wheeling surfers helped cement the group as one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.
"I Get Around" is perhaps their best song about cars because it captures that image perfectly. While not about a specific ride like in some of their other songs, "I Get Around" is more about the cruising lifestyle they helped popularize and captures their laid back California mentality.
We always take my car 'cause its never been beat
And we've never missed yet with the girls we meet
None of the guys go steady cause it wouldn't be right
To leave their best girl home now on Saturday night
No. 1: "Little Red Corvette" by Prince
If you listen closely, "Little Red Corvette" is actually not about a car at all, but about a woman and a one-night stand. The Purple One wasn't the first to use a car as a metaphor for a woman in a song, but he did it better than anyone before or since.
"Little Red Corvette" is one of Prince's best known songs and helped launch him to superstar status in 1983. It was his first song to reach the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the accompanying music video was one of the first on MTV to feature an African-American artist.
The lyrics are Prince at his sexually-suggestive best, and hardly a line passes without the use of a double entendre or layered metaphor. Some have interpreted the lyrics, including the title, of being so dirty that if Tipper Gore had listened closely she would have been much more horrified at "Little Red Corvette" than she was when she heard "Darling Nikki" and launched her crusade to censor song lyrics.
Believe it or not
I started to worry
I wondered if I had enough class
But it was Saturday night
I guess that makes it all right
And you say, baby, have you got enough gas?
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