Donielle Flynn

The skyline of Detroit as seen from Windsor, Ontario. The picture, taken just after the sunset has a colorful sky and the colorfully lit buildings of the Motor City reflecting on the Detroit River. Taken with a long exposure, the surface of the water is silky smooth. Photo by Mike Kline

When you think of Detroit, you probably think of cars, Motown, and Detroit Rock City. I do. The history of  Detroit is interlaced with automobiles and music.  Woodward Avenue made history as the first paved road.  Henry Ford’s first venture into car companies was the DAC: Detroit Automobile Company.  While Detroit has had its share of high highs (and low lows) but cars and music have been our common touchpoints of pride and community.  What better way to celebrate both than with car songs from Motor City?  Songs from Michigan artists that have a motor/car element to them: that’s what this is all about.

I asked on the WCSX Facebook page “Name a car-related classic rock song.”  We had hundreds of responses… thank you all!  Here are the most mentioned songs that are NOT from Michigan artists:

I Can’t Drive 55.” “Panama.” “I’m in Love with My Car.” “Little GTO.” “Mustang Sally.” “Drive My Car.” and “Pink Cadillac.”

Please scroll down to see my list of car songs from Michigan artists.  If you have a song you’d like to suggest, you can join the Facebook conversation here:

LET'S GO, MOTORCITY! Autorama is this weekend! Doni is doing a Blue Plate Special this Friday on The Power Lunch: noon to 1pm... all songs about cars and driving!

Posted by 94.7 WCSX on Wednesday, February 22, 2023

We used these songs to do a car-themed Power Lunch.  You can join me for the Power Lunch at noon on weekdays.  On most Fridays, we have a Blue Plate Special where we pick a theme and celebrate classic rock with a theme.  One of my favorites is the Home-Grown Blue Plate Special.  We usually do that one about once a month and play all Michigan artists for the entire Power Lunch (noon til 1 PM).


7 Car Songs From Motor City

  • "Makin' Thunderbirds" - Bob Seger

    They were long and low and sleek and fast… They were all you ever heardBack in ’55… We were makin’ thunderbirds

  • "Under My Wheels" - Alice Cooper

    I’m driving in my car now… Anticipating fun

  • "Hot Rod Lincoln" - Commander Cody & His lost Planet Airmen

    “Son, you’re gonna’ drive me to drinkin’If you don’t stop drivin’ that Hot Rod Lincoln.”

  • "Wango Tango" - Ted Nugent

    You got to pretend your face is a Maserati… It’s a Maserati.  It’s a Maserati.It’s a gettin’ hotty.  It’s a Maserati, Maserati, Maserati.  It’s a fast one too man, that thing’s turbochargedYou feel like a little fuel injection honey?

  • "Some Kind Of Wonderful" - Grand Funk Railroad

    I don’t need a whole lots of money… I don’t need a big fine car

  • "Partytown" - Glenn Frey

    Big Jim’s House Friday 8:05 am theme song!

    I packed up my car and I got some gasAnd told everybody they could kiss my ass.

  • "Freeway Of Love" - Aretha Franklin

    We’re goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love… In my pink Cadillac

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