No. 5: "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Charlie Ryan

"Hot Rod Lincoln" has been recorded by several artists, but was originally written by Charlie Ryan and released in 1955. The song is about a race between a Lincoln and a Cadillac and is considered a classic among hot rod and drag racing culture.

Ryan, who owned a real hot rod that was built from a 1948 12-cylinder Lincoln chassis shortened two feet and with a 1930 Ford Model A body, actually recorded the song twice. His 1959 version, recorded as Charlie Ryan and The Timberline Riders, is probably the better known of the two.

The song also found fame in versions recorded by Johnny Bond in 1960 and Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen in 1975, which climbed to No. 9 on the Billboard charts.

Best lyrics:

My pappy said, "Son, you're gonna' drive me to drinkin'
If you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln


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No. 4: "Let Me Ride" by Dr. Dre

Just like their rocker counterparts, rappers have an affinity for automobiles.

On his landmark 1992 album "The Chronic," considered one of the most influential in the history of rap and hip hop, Dr. Dre documented rap culture's love of the low rider on "Let Me Ride." It also didn't hurt that the chorus features a sweet funkadelic sample from George Clinton and Parliament.

The video featured Dr. Dre cruising around L.A in his "six fo'," -- a 1964 Chevy -- and making the front end of his car jump up a down with hydraulics by "hittin' the switches."

Best lyrics:

Back in the days, when I used to have to get my stroll on
Did nobody wanna speak
Now everybody
Peeping out they window when they hear me beatin' up the street
Is it Dre?
Is it Dre?
That's what they say
Every single day in L.A


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No. 3: "Radar Love" by Golden Earring

In 2005, the BBC car show "Top Gear" named "Radar Love" the second greatest driving song of all time. But it and "Highway Star" were the only songs on the top five list that were actually about driving.

It's easy to guess that many speeding tickets have been received by drivers over the years because of this song. Everything about it makes you want to drive fast, from its opening lines -- "I've been driving all night, my hand's wet on the wheel" -- to its rising tempo, methodic bass lines and easy-to-sing-along-with chorus.

Best lyrics:

The radio's playing some forgotten song
Brenda Lee's "Coming on Strong"
The road's got me hypnotized
And I'm speeding into a new sunrise

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