The awesomely-named Washington Post music critic Josh Freedom du Lac had a piece on Sunday lamenting the disappearance of the car song. J Freedom attributes this to the transition of cars from “objects of lust, symbols of liberation and power” to something more “utilitarian.” Cars are no longer “reflections of teenage culture,” but rather “impersonal and ubiquitous” as the exoticism has worn off.
One problem though, J Freedom claims that Neil Young “never really did car songs.” No, ole’ Neil didn’t write anything as direct as the Beach Boys. But for my money, this is still the greatest car song of all time.
Favorite car songs?