In January, we asked our Facebook fans what they loved most about their first car. Some cherished the freedom it provided while others reminisced about the cost of gas when they were 16. But quite a few fans summed it up in 2 words: the backseat.
With Valentine’s Day upon us, the thought of backseat rendezvous inspired me to compile a list of songs about cars and falling in love. Enjoy these tunes with your honey to jump-start the romance.
Love song #1. “Back Seat of My Car,” Paul McCartney
Ah, young love. These carefree lovers “believe that [they] can’t be wrong” as they break “her daddy’s” rules to be together.“We’re just busy hidin’, sittin’ in the backseat of my car.”
Love song #2. “I Drove All Night,” Roy Orbison
Roy sings about driving all night to surprise his lady. “Could taste your sweet kisses, your arms open wide. This fever for you was just burning me up inside.” Though we’d normally caution against drowsy driving, it’s clear that for Old Roy, love is a stronger stimulant than caffeine. (But if you need a song to keep you awake, check out Celine Dion’s version.)
Love song #3. “Big Green Tractor,” Jason Aldean
Okay, it’s technically not a car. But who wouldn’t want to hop on a tractor with Mr. Aldean? “We can go to town, but baby if you’d rather, I’ll take you for a ride on my big green tractor.”
Love song #4. “Take It Easy,” The Eagles
Those 1970s rockers sure knew how to go big. “Seven women on [his] mind,” doesn’t stop this guy from picking up yet another: “It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me.”
Love song #5. “Don’t Happen Twice,” Kenny Chesney
Falling in love for the first time on the hood of a car “just don’t happen twice.” (Does it?)
Love song #6. “Little Red Corvette,” Prince
There’s something about women and sports cars that get men going. In this case, the 2 are, ahem, the same: “Little red corvette, baby you’re much too fast.”
Love song #7. “Backseat,” New Boyz
So much for subtlety. New Boyz forgo any chivalry and get right to the point: “I wanna get beside ya in the backseat.” (I couldn’t resist including this one.)
Love song #8. “Pink Cadillac,” Bruce Springsteen
Can a car make you fall in love? “My love is bigger than a Honda, it’s bigger than a Subaru … I love you for your pink Cadillac.” All signs point to yes.
Love song #9. “Freeway of Love,” Aretha Franklin
Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten the ladies! Ms. Franklin and her man won’t stop for anything. “Never you mind the exit signs … we goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love.” That’s so much sexier than the original line: “Gotta stop at the tollbooth … when we’re crawlin’ down the turnpike of love.”
Love song #10. “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood
For those not embracing the Valentine’s Day spirit, this song will definitely fuel your anti-Cupid sentiment. Sing your heart out with Carrie … just don’t take her lyrics literally! “I took a Louisville slugger to both headlights, slashed a hole in all 4 tires. Maybe next time he’ll think before he cheats.”
Love song #11. “Drive My Car,” The Beatles
This aspiring starlet’s “got no car and it’s breaking [her] heart” … but at least she’s “found a driver and that’s a start.”
Love song #12. “What was I thinking?” Dierks Bentley
When this cowboy swung by to pick up Becky in the middle of the night, he knew “there’d be hell to pay,” but can’t help “thinkin’ ‘bout a long kiss with his new girl.” In the end, his car takes a beating. Was it worth it?
Love song #13. “The One I Loved Back Then,” George Jones
Sometimes true love is unexpected — like when it happens for your car. “Lord, she was hotter than a 2 dollar pistol … she reminds me of the one I loved back then.”
Love song #14. “Stick Shifts and Safety Belts,” Cake
Got love for bucket seats? Not when you want to sit a little closer to your sweetie. “I need you here with me, not way over in a bucket seat.”
What’s your favorite car-related love song? Let us know in the comments section!