My Top 5 Songs About Sex Love in Cars


As with all my top 5 lists, I will remember 10 more songs after I click 'publish' and immediately want to reorder the list. So this is my Top 5 list of songs about love in cars as of January 9th, 8:03pm.

1) "Fire" by Bruce Springsteen

Disclaimer: I have to turn off my feminism when I listen to this song--I do not condone the behavior Bruce exhibits here. That being said, I love this song to BITS. Yes, the Pointer Sisters covered it. But I only listen to Bruce's version. The live version is full of killer anticipation, but I decided to post the studio version, which has a slightly faster tempo.

I'm driving in my car, I turn on the radio
I'm pulling you close, you just say no
You say you don't like it, but girl I know you're a liar
'cause when we

The seconds between 'kiss' and 'fire' in the song are obscene. OBSCENE.

2) "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf

This song is so inappropriate, and teenagers should not be allowed to listen to it.

I can easily be found driving around screaming, there ain't no doubt about it, we were doubly blessed, 'cause we were barely seventeen, and we were barely dressed! This is a song about 'parking' and--obviously--seeing 'paradise by the dashboard light.' There's even a spoken interlude with a sports announcer giving a 'play-by-play' of what's happening, full of baseball references. The song's like a movie, there are so many acts and scenes and varied moments. There's a duet in the second part (incredible) and it's ends hilariously with Meat Loaf promising to love his woman til the end of time, only to then pray for the end of time so he can end his time with her. Just listen to it, ok? You'll be belting it was long ago and it was far away and it was so much better than it is today for the rest of the week.

Actually, this whole list could be Meat Loaf songs. All Jim Steinman seemed to write about was having sex in cars! Or on motorcycles.

3) "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman

This song quite deviates from our theme so far. Tracy is not some adolescent looking for action on a Saturday night. This is a song for adults if there ever was one--caring for your aging parents, dissatisfaction with your dead-end job, etc. The car represents the ability to escape with someone you love, now or never, to make a better life for yourselves. How many of us haven't been in a car late at night with someone we liked, with the 'city lights lay [lain? laid? whatever] out before us' and feeling like we belonged? That's definitely my favorite part of the song:

I remember when we were driving, driving in your car
the speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
city lights lay out before us
and your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoulder
and I had a feeling that I belonged
and I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

4) "Passenger Seat" by Death Cab for Cutie

Ah, and I now can't get away from the 'sweet-sensitive-songs-in-cars' and get back to the 'illegal-behavior-in-cars.' Oh well. Did I tell you I saw Death Cab last month? But it was at this massive arena festival and they were just awful. Didn't interact with the crowd, had numerous technical issues, and they didn't play one slow song, which would have been wonderful. Like this one for instance! But I digress.

If a song has ever captured the feeling of driving country roads at night with a lover/loved one, it's this one. You feel like stars are rushing past you, and yet you're in a quiet, safe stillness. But you're moving. But you're still. It's magnificent.

Then looking upwards
I strain my eyes and try
to tell the difference between shooting stars and satellites
from the passenger seat as you are driving me home.
"Do they collide?" I ask and you smile.
With my feet on the dash
the world doesn't matter.

5) "Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen

I'm sorry, ok? I can't get away with this kind of playlist having only ONE Bruce song. It's ridiculous.

This song actually combines the two themes we had very well, as it's at once about teenage escape and then at the same time about growing up and deciding what you really want. Or at least that's what it's about to me. It's arguably Bruce's greatest song he ever wrote. It's unique in its 'car-ness' to the other songs, because it's all about getting that special someone to actually get in the car with you in the first place.

Well now I'm no hero that's understood
all the redemption I can offer, girl, is beneath this dirty hood
with a chance to make it through somehow
hey, what else can we do now
except roll down the window and let the wind roll back your hair
well the night's busting open these two lanes will take us anywhere
we got one last chance to make it real
to trade in these wings on some wheels
climb in back
heaven's waiting on down the tracks

All I can think about when I listen to this song narrative-ly is "Mary, GET YOUR ASS IN THAT FUCKING CAR!"

Unf. Car love songs.

What are some of your favorites?


jshaw.scet said...

Bob Seger Night Moves maybe, but yor list is great!

Roxy elizabitchtaylor said...

Bubble Pop Electric by Gwen Stefani and Back Seat of My Car by Paul McCartney

boxen said...

Wild in the streets by Bon Jovi!

jack s said...

very cool to reference the intro to a Bronx Tale or was it a Bronx Story ,Loved that movie, good blog by the way