We like to remember some memorable tunes about cars and driving from time to time, and there have been many of these songs written.
Most of the popular songs of the 1960s were written by young musicians. Cars were a symbol of independence for young people back in the day. If you lived at home, your car was like your sanctuary where you could truly be yourself as you enjoyed the freedom of the open road.
In this post we will look at three automotive songs that were written by a trio of the greatest musical artists of the 1960s.
When you think about the greatest rock and roll guitar players of all time, Jimi Hendrix has to be at or near the top of the list. In fact, Rolling Stone ranks Hendrix as the greatest guitar player ever.
Crosstown Traffic is a very sweet cut from the Electric Ladyland album that was released by The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968. The lyrics of the tune utilize the automotive metaphor to perfection, with the crosstown traffic representing relationship static.
The Hendrix version will not be topped, but the song has been covered by other top artists over the years, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Doors will always be remembered as one of the top classic rock bands ever, and Moonlight Drive is an automotive song that is truly beautiful in an eerie sort of way. It is supposed to be the first song ever written by Jim Morrison; it was on the Strange Days album that was released back in 1967.
Mercedes Benz is an a cappella number recorded by the inimitable Janis Joplin in 1970. The meaning of the song is debatable, but it sounds to me like an ironic stab at those who are seeking material rewards from a higher power.
The song was recorded in one take shortly before she died, and it has been covered by Elton John and Taj Mahal, among others.
Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin all died when they were just 27 years of age. They are among a group of young musical artists who passed away at this tender age, a group that includes Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. They left behind some remarkable work, and these three tunes are all legitimate classics.