Many people love the thrill of driving fast as it gives them an adrenaline rush. Music is often associated with fast driving because people react to the music played while in the car, so it’s no surprise that fast driving is used as a theme song across all genres. So what are some of the best songs about driving fast? Here are ten awesome songs on how to drive fast and information on each of them.
10. Mean Girls, MIA, 2012
In Bad Girls, MIA sings about female empowerment and leaving boys behind when she drives her Jeep Cherokee fast. She shot the music video for the single in Morocco, says U Discover Music. The single was used to promote the Women to Drive movement, a campaign supporting Saudi women who have the right to drive.
9. Highway in Nazareth, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, 2000
Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris recorded Speedway at Nazareth, and it appeared on Knopfler’s 2000 album ‘Sailing to Paradise’. The song is a fictional account of a race in Long Beach in the 2001 CART racing season. Although inspired by the event, no racer suffered three broken vertebrae during the races, as the song suggests. According to K1 Speed, Dire Straits singer/guitarist Knopfler was inspired to write the song after meeting Formula 1 and Indy driver Stefan Johansson.
8. Faster, George Harrison, 1979
Beatles artist George Harrison recorded Faster for his 1979 self-titled solo album. Harrison was inspired by his time travel with Formula 1 drivers, including Niki Lauda and Jackie Stewart, when he took a break from music. in 1977. Although the song is about racing and success on the field, the lyrics apply to other situations. The song commemorates driver Ronnie Peterson, who died after a crash at the 1978 Italian Grand Prix, and also raised money for driver Gunnar Nilsson’s cancer research fund.
7. Lincoln Race Car, Charlie Ryan, 1955
In 1950, Arkie Shelby released the song ‘Hot Rod Race’. Five years later, Charlie Ryan released the rockabilly single ‘Hot Rod Lincoln’ as a response. The song is about a race on US Route 99 in San Pedro, Los Angeles between a Ford Model A and a Cadillac. A Lincoln unexpectedly overtakes the two cars. In the original version, Ryan is joined by the Livingstone Bros. He then released a second version in 1959 with the Timberline Riders. Many other artists have covered the song, including Johnny Bond and Commander Cody.
6. Highway, Kraftwerk, 1975
Autobahn is the title single from the second album released by German electronic band Kraftwerk. It’s all about driving fast on the highway, where there are no speed limits. The song was the band’s biggest hit in the United States, peaking at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Interestingly, many people mistakenly believed that the band used the Beach Boys’ song ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ as an inspiration.
The German lyrics of the song read “fahren, fahren, fahren”. The word fahren means to drive, but it sounds fun in the simple. Band member Wolfgang Flur said that people’s assumptions are wrong, although the word fun works, as fast driving on the highway is fun.
5. Drive Fast (The Stuntman), Bruce Springsteen, 2019
Bruce Springsteen recorded Drive Fast (The Stuntman) in 2019 for his album Western Stars. A film version of the album was shot by Warner Bros. Pictures and featured a nearly identical track listing to the album, including Drive Fast (The Stuntman). If you take the lyrics literally, the song is about the thrill of driving fast and taking risks. However, the subliminal message of the song is to live life taking risks even if there are negative consequences because you only live once.
4. Born to be Wild, Steppenwolf, 1968
Born to Be Wild is about driving a motorcycle fast instead of driving a car, but this is not specified in the song. The lyrics simply talk about running the engine, hitting the road and running with the wind, says The Forty-Five (https://thefortyfive.com/opinion/best-songs-about-cars-and-driving-road- trip-playlist/). Born to Be Wild peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Canadian Singles Chart.
3. Mustang Sally, Wilson Pickett, 1966
Mack Rice wrote and recorded Mustang Sally in 1964. However, Wilson Pickett released the best-known version of the song a year later. Another well-known version of the song was recorded for the film The Commitments, which is about an Irish band. It featured prominently throughout the film and was included on the film’s soundtrack. The song is about a woman named Sally who drives her Mustang too fast around town, and the narrator tells her she better slow down on her.
2. Highway to Hell, AC/DC, 1979
The lyrics to Highway to Hell talk about there being no stop signs or speed limits and no one slowing down the narrator. It was the title and lead single from hard rock band AC/DC’s sixth studio album. It was written by Bon Scott, Angus Young, and Malcolm Young. The song peaked at number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1992, the band re-issued the single and it topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock and Billboard Hot Digital Songs charts.
1. Fast Car, Tracy Chapman, 1988
While many songs about driving fast reflect the speed of a car with its upbeat tempo, Fast Car is a blues ballad. Although the lyrics talk about driving fast, the song has a deeper meaning. It is about getting out of poverty and looking for a better life. Chapman wrote and recorded the song in 1988 as the lead single from his self-titled debut studio album. Fast Car topped the charts in Belgium, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Portugal. It peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 and five on the UK Singles Chart.
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