Turn It Up: How Chevrolet Helped Popularize Car Radio and Became the Most Sung About Car Brand in Music History

MANILA, PHILIPPINES One hundred years ago, Popular Mechanics magazine predicted that “radio equipment for automobiles is not far away.” They were right. In 1922, Westinghouse installed one of its radios in a “Chevrolet for Campers” concept to the delight of the era’s media. A decade later, Chevrolet introduced factory-installed radios in its cars.


During the past century, Chevrolet and other automakers have introduced a number of technologies to advance in-car listening – record players in the 1950s, 8-track tapes in the 1960s, cassette tapes in the 1970s, compact discs in the 1980s and ‘90s, MP3 players in the 2000s and now streaming through today’s sophisticated multi-tasking infotainment systems. 


For example, the award-winning Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system offers easy access to the radio and Bluetooth/USB/AUX-connected devices for additional listening options. It can also mirror smartphones using the Apple or Android operating systems, enabling hands-free, eyes-on-the-road phone calls and audio streaming.

“Today, Chevrolet customers have seemingly unlimited access to music on the go, and that’s great,” said Sean Poppitt, Director of Marketing and Communications, GM Southeast Asia. “With Chevrolet, our customers have a great way to play their favorite ‘road tunes.’”

Going forward, Chevrolet and GM expect to implement even more advanced solutions on future vehicles. Last year, GM announced plans to introduce new in-vehicle technology that will enhance the overall customer experience and make it easier than ever for customers to bring their digital lives into future connected vehicles.


GM’s research shows that many customers prefer an embedded technology experience in the vehicle, and increasingly expect seamless integration between the tech in their hands and the tech in their vehicle. Listening to customer feedback, GM will work with Google to bring new options for a voice assistant, embedded navigation and in-vehicle applications to compatible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles in regions around the world beginning in 2021. Broad deployment across all GM vehicle brands is expected to roll out in the years following.


Chevrolet in Songs


Not only was Chevrolet instrumental in bringing music into cars, many musicians have put “Chevrolet” (or “Chevy”) into songs. A study by Auto Nation in 2017 revealed that Chevrolet is the most mentioned automaker in music history.


“Given Chevrolet’s long and storied history, it’s no surprise that people have sung about it more than other car brands. It shows how the brand is an important part of people’s lives,” Poppitt said.


Here are 100 classic pop, rock, rap and country songs for your Chevy playlist:


1)    “24s” – T.I

2)    “409” – The Beach Boys

3)    “99 In the Shade” – Bon Jovi

4)    “All the Best” – John Prine

5)    “American Pie” – Don McLean

6)    “Amy's Back in Austin” – Little Texas

7)    “Ball and Chain” – Social Distortion

8)    “Blue Jeans” – Silvertide

9)    “Captain Jack” – Billy Joel

10)“Chattahoochee” – Alan Jackson

11)“Chevrolet” – ZZ Top

12)“Chevrolet Deluxe” – Bruce Springsteen

13)“Chevy Ridin' High” Rick Ross ft. Dre

14)“Chevy Van” – Sammy Johns

15)“Chrome” – Trace Adkins

16)“Contact” – Citizen Cope

17)“Crazy About Her” – Rod Stewart

18)“Crocodile Rock” – Elton John

19)“Don't Forget to Remember Me” – Carrie Underwood

20)“Dr. Feelgood (Live)” – Motley Crue

21)“Drive South” – John Hiatt

22)“El Camino” – Ween

23)“El Tejano” – Cowboy Troy

24)“Everytime It Rains” – George Strait

25)“Fall in Love” – Kenny Chesney

26)“Family Reserve” – Lyle Lovett

27)“Fightin' Words” – Trace Adkins

28)“Girls with Guitars” – Wynonna Judd

29)“Go ‘Head” – Mystikal

30)“Go Lil' Camaro Go” – The Ramones

31)“Going Back to Cali” – LL Cool J

32)“Here I Am” – Lyle Lovett

33)“Here's to You” – Rascal Flatts

34)“How Bizarre” – OMC

35)“Hustlin’” – Rick Ross

36)“I Can Only Think of One” – Dierks Bentley

37)“I Go Back” – Kenny Chesney

38)“I Got You” – Dwight Yoakam

39)“I Learned That From You” – Sara Evans

40)“I Won All the Battles” – Tracy Lawrence

41)“I'll Be Your Johnny on the Spot” – Ween

42)“I'm Customized” – The Cramps

43)“I'm Just a Girl” – Deana Carter

44)“I've Got a Rock N' Roll Heart” – Eric Clapton

45)“If I Stay” – Tracy Byrd

46)“Jesse Went to War” – Marcy Playground

47)“Joe Rey” – Fountains of Wayne

48)“Keeping the Faith” – Billy Joel

49)“Less Than Zero” – Elvis Costello

50)“Let You Go” – The Clarks

51)“Little Red Corvette” – Prince

52)“Lost in the Flood (Live 2000)” – Bruce Springsteen

53)“Lucky 4 You (Tonight I'm Just Me)” – SheDaisy

54)“Make Me a Chevy” – The Promise Ring

55)“Metropolis” – Trace Adkins

56)“Miss Popularity” – Jordan Pruitt

57)“Movin’ Out (Anthony's Song)” – Billy Joel

58)“Mud on the Tires” – Brad Paisley

59)“Natural Beauty” – Neil Young

60)“Neutron Dance” – The Pointer Sisters

61)“Night Moves” – Bob Seger

62)“One Bud Wiser” – Gretchen Wilson

63)“Paint the Town Redneck” – J.M. Montgomery

64)“Pickin' Wildflowers” – Keith Anderson

65)“Picture Perfect” – Nelly Furtado

66)“Putting the Damage O,” – Tori Amos

67)“Racing In the Street” – Bruce Springsteen

68)“Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)” – Jim Croce

69)“Real Gone” – Sheryl Crow

70)“Renegade” – Tim McGraw

71)“Ridin' In My Chevy” – Snoop Dogg

72)“Riding With Private Malone” – David Ball

73)“Right Time of the Night” – Jennifer Warnes

74)“She's In Love With the Boy” – Trisha Yearwood

75)“Small Town Girl” – Kellie Pickler

76)“So, What’cha Want” – Beastie Boys

77)“Song of the South” – Alabama

78)“Still Love You” – Rod Stewart

79)“Superstar” – Sheryl Crow

80)“Suzy and Jeffrey” – Blondie

81)“Tannin Bed Song” – Shawn Mullins

82)“The Greeting Song” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

83)“Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” – Rolling Stones

84)“Three Marlenas” – The Wallflowers

85)“Thunder Road” – Bruce Springsteen

86)“Thundering Hearts” – John Mellencamp

87)“Tim McGraw” – Taylor Swift

88)“Twentieth Century Fox” – 38 Special

89)“Unappreciated” – Cherish

90)“Uneasy Rider” – Charlie Daniels

91)“Union Sundown” – Bob Dylan

92)“Water” – The Who

93)“West Texas Highway” – Lyle Lovett

94)“When I Think About Leaving” – Kenny Chesney

95)“When You Close Your Eyes” – Night Ranger

96)“Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” – Paula Cole

97)“Why Do We Want What We Know We Can't Have?” – Reba McEntire

98)“You Never Know Just How Good You've Got It” – Tracy Byrd

99)“You Win My Love” – Shania Twain

100)               “Young Blood” – Rickie Lee Jones


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