Be it muscle, luxury, economical, convertible, or environmental, we’re paying tribute to cars this week with seven songs honoring that miracle invention that helps so many of us get from A to B.
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Janis Joplin wrote Mercedes Benz in a bar one night, along with help from Bob Neuwirth and Michael McClure. Joplin recorded the song in one take on Oct. 1, 1970. She died three days later on Oct. 4. The song was released in 1971 on her posthumous album, Pearl.
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Little Red Corvette was released in 1983 from Prince’s album, 1999. It was his first single to hit the Top 10, peaking at No. 6 on Billboard Hot 100. Prince got the idea for the song after napping in The Revolution band member Lisa Coleman's pink Mercury Montclair Marauder.
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Car Wash is the theme to the 1976 movie, Car Wash. Performed by the group Rose Royce, the song landed at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 and is one of the most successful hits of the disco era. Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott recorded a version for the soundtrack to the 2004 movie Shark Tale.
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Slow Ride is from Foghat's fifth studio album, Fool for the City (1975). Peaking at No. 20 on Billboard Hot 100, there are three versions of the song. It has been used in an episode of Seinfeld, Young Sheldon, NewsRadio, and in the 1993 movie, Dazed and Confused.
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Little Deuce Coupe is from the 1963 Beach Boys' album, Surfer Girl. It also is the title track for their 1963 album, Little Deuce Coupe (1963). Little Deuce Coupe is considered one of the first concept albums, and the car it's referring to is the 1932 Ford Model 18, one of the very first hot rods.
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Pearl Bailey's Solid Gold Cadillac was originally released in 1956. Released by Sunset Records, the song was the A-side to Hit the Road to Dreamland. Solid Gold Cadillac can be found on the 2009 and 2012 albums of the same name by Pearl Bailey and Louie Bellson.