List of Car Crash Songs (2023)

The car crash song emerged as a popular pop and rock music teenage tragedy song during the 1950s and 1960s at a time when the number of people being killed in vehicle collisions was rising fast in many countries. In the UK the number of fatalities on UK roads rose to a peace-time peak of 7,985 in 1966 before then falling to a new low of 2,222 in 2009. The theme also appears in country and other music styles.

TitleArtistYearComment"7-11"The Ramones1981From their album Pleasant Dreams. The arrangement of this song suggests a strong 1950s/early 60s teenage pop influence with a doo-wop chorus."A Day in the Life"The Beatles1967From their album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Contains the line: He blew his mind out in a car."Airbag"Radiohead1997According to the lyrics, "an airbag saved my life.""Always Crashing in the Same Car"David Bowie1977from the album Low"Angels in Top Hats"House of Heroes2005Talks about a girl lying in the hospital, and the song later reveals that she was in a car and it had been raining when the accident happened. From House of Heroes"The Approaching Curve"Rise Against2006“Up ahead there was a curve approaching.

She made no indications of slowing.” From The Sufferer & the Witness

(Video) IDLES - CAR CRASH (Official Video)

"The Artist in the Ambulance"Thrice2003“Late night, brakes lock, hear the tires squeel. Red light can't stop so I spin the wheel.”

From The Artist in the Ambulance

(Video) Pearl Jam-Last Kiss

"Bat Out of Hell"Meat Loaf1977Jim Steinman wanted to write the "most extreme crash song of all time.""The Beginning of My End"The Unifics1968"The Ballad of Thunder Road"Robert Mitchum1957moonshine runner dies when his car speeds off the road"B.J. the D.J."Stonewall Jackson1964Title protagonist — a hard-living, sleep-deprived disc jockey — dies when his car crashes off the road."Black Ice"My Friend the Chocolate Cake2011From their album Fiasco. Lyrics speak of a fight between a husband and wife, then the wife dies in a car accident. Contains "Black Ice took her away from me", speaks directly of a car crash."Buses and Trains"Bachelor Girl1998Lyrics compare love to traffic accidents with several vehicles, one of them is the car."(Northbound on) Cahuenga"Scarling.2005From So Long, Scarecrow, about Jennifer Symes' auto accident"Car Crash"The Avengers1977"Car Crash"Dirty Americans2004Making the comparison that love is like a car crash. "You leave me bloody and take all my money like a car crash". This song was featured on the soundtrack of the popular racing video game Gran Turismo 4."Car Crash"Our Lady Peace1997About a friend who intentionally killed himself in a car crash."Car Crash"Powerman 50001995"Car Crash Ballad"Babylönchen2011"The Carroll County Accident"Porter Wagoner1968A deadly car crash reveals a secret extramarital affair in the form of a lost wedding ring"Chapel Bells Ringing"Gene Summers (written by Mary Tarver)196245rpm issued on Lafayette Records. Based upon a true story about a fatal car/train crash in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas."Chemistry of a Car Crash"Shiny Toy Guns2005"Chicken"The Cheers1957"Come Back Jonee"Devo1978The lyric "Jonee jumped in his Datsun, drove onto the expressway, went head on into a semi.""Come to Me Johnny"Johnny Victor1960"Condition Red"The Goodees1968Motorcycle accident under circumstances similar to "Leader Of The Pack""Crash"The Primitives1988Allegory about living too fast: You go way too fast, if you don't slow down, you're going to crash."Crawling from the Wreckage"Graham Parkeralso a hit for Dave Edmunds (1977)."Crazy Cat Corner"Gene Summers (written by Deanna Summers-Gene Summers)2004from Do Right Daddy CD (Enviken)"Daddy's Speeding"Suede1994A eulogy to James Dean and about the relevance of car accidents in modern culture"Days of Graduation"Drive-By Truckers2001A first person narrative about a fatal car crash the night before the victims' high school graduation."Dead on the Highway"Sons of the Never Wrong1995First person narrative from the person killed in a car accident."Dead Man's Curve"Jan and Dean1964auto street racing accident"Dead Joe"The Birthday Party1982"Detroit Rock City"Kiss1976Written in tribute to a fan who was killed in a car accident on his way to a KISS concert."D.O.A."Bloodrock1970This is about a plane crash victim dying on the way to the hospital in the ambulance."Don't Pass Me By"The Beatles1968The song is addressed to someone who was "in a car crash" and "lost hair; i.e., became anxious or upset."Don't Save Us from the Flames"M832005About a survivor of a car crash hearing ghosts crying for Tina (presumably killed in the crash)."Drinking and Driving"Black Flag1985From In My Head. "Fill your car with your buddies. And wrap it around a tree.""Ed"Ice-T1991"One night he got drunk and started driving real fast\ Ed's dead""En händig man"Per Gessle2007"Hanna" in the song always crashed in the same car"The End Of The Tour"They Might Be Giants1994car accident"Everything You Know Is Wrong""Weird Al" Yankovic1996Protagonist crashes into a truck and lies bleeding on the asphalt when his hibachi dealer in the back seat cups his hands over the protagonist's eyes."Fireball Rolled a Seven"Dave Dudley1975Protagonist ("Fireball") dies in a racing accident"Glass In The Trees"Dead Poetic2004About a friend who died in a car crash."Glitter Years"The Bangles1988"Denny" in the song crashes his father's car"Head-On Collision"Pet Hasty1964"Headlights on Dark Roads"Snow Patrol2006"Hello, This is Joannie"Paul Evans1977"I Want My Baby Back"Perry Botkin, Jr. and Gil Garfield, performed by Jimmy Cross1965A parody of the car crash tragedy genre in which the driver of the crash reunites with his dead girlfriend - in her coffin (which he digs up!)"In morte di S.F."Francesco Guccini1967from the album Folk beat n. 1 - often covered; best known cover is by Italian seminal pop-rock group Nomadi"In the Car Crash"Swayzak2002from the album Dirty Dancing featuring Headgear"It's Dangerous Business Walking out Your Front Door"Underoath2004“Glass shatters and comes to a halt; I thought we'd be there by now. I thought it would be so much quicker than this. Pain has never been so brilliant; I made sure you were buckled in. Now you can walk hand in hand with him .”

From They're Only Chasing Safety

(Video) Thursday - Understanding In a Car Crash (Official HD Video)

"Johnny Don't Do It"10cc1973A parody of the teenage "death disc" genre using the familiar trope of a bad boy who is good but misunderstood, "an angel dressed in black," riding a stolen motorcycle when he runs into a truck."Johnny's Gone"Catfish19912 wheels on the highway / 4 wheels flashing blue / 10 wheels coming the other way / Gonna make the morning news"Just A Car Crash Away"Marilyn Manson2007Manson singing about a relationship and lives that are "Just A Car Crash Away"Jock-O-Rama (Invasion of the Beef Patrol)"Dead Kennedys1985Contains the line: Another Trans-Am wrapped itself around a telephone pole "I ain't drunk, officer, I just fell gettin' out of my car""Junkyard in the Sky"London Lee1963"Kärleken är"Jill Johnson1998Inspired by the aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in a car accident in France in 1997."Killer Cars"Radiohead1995From the album The Bends."Last Kiss"Wayne Cochran (1962) and made popular by J. Frank Wilson also covered by Pearl Jam1964Inspired by an incident in Barnesville, Georgia, in which several teens were killed and two seriously injured when their car struck a flatbed logging truck."Leader of the Pack"The Shangri-Las1964motorcycle accident."Leader of the Pack"Twisted Sister1985From the album Come Out and Play Cover of the Shangri-Las, but from a male perspective."A Lifetime"Better Than Ezra2001, 2005Featured on the albums Closer and Before the Robots the urn of a car crash victim is stolen at her wake for a private farewell."Lightning Crashes"Live1995Song based on a real-life drunk driving crash and the impact of a subsequent organ donation."The Living End"The Jesus and Mary Chain1985From the album Psychocandy."Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck"The Blood Brothers2004 A song about a boy who left his girlfriend for a "better looking brand" and when he is horribly hurt in an accident no one visits."Low Light"Pearl Jam1998A song about a troubled couple losing each other in a car crash and not being able to reconcile."MIA"Emmy The Great2006About listening to singer MIA in a car when her love dies in a car accident."Message from James Dean"Bill Hayes1956"Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"Crash Test Dummies1993A car accident turned a kid's hair "from black into bright white" because "the cars had smashed so hard.""Mr. Ambulance Driver"The Flaming Lips2006from the album At War With the Mystics. Frontman Wayne Coyne has described the song as a "teenager car crash ballad"."Motorcrash"The Sugarcubes1988from the album Life's Too Good"Motorist"Jawbox1994My Favourite GameThe Cardigans1998"A Nightmare to Remember"Dream Theater2009from the album Black Clouds & Silver Linings. Guitarist John Petrucci wrote about a car crash he was in as a child."No Reason"Don Walker2006"the towies said he was airborne when he hit the tree / with a blood alcohol of 1.7 or more""No Return"The Third Rail1966"Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are"Meat Loaf1993Singer's friend is killed in a plane crash"The Other Side of the Crash/Over and Out(of Control)"Thursday2006The aftermath of a car accident on its survivors is chronicled. A sequel to "Understanding in a Car crash" (see below)"Papa Loved Mama"Garth Brooks1992A jealous truck driver crashes his rig into a motel room where his wife is having an extramarital affair, killing her and sending himself to prison."Phantom 309"Red Sovine1964The song's protagonist, a hitchhiker, meets the ghost of a truck driver who was killed when he swerved his semi-trailer truck into a ditch to avert a potentially deadly collision with a bus full of teen-agers."Pile-up on the Highway"Lisa Bade1978"Prom Night Car Crash"The Kingmakers2011A tongue-in-cheek, self-referential tribute to the genre"Renaissance"Mat Kearney2006"Riding With Private Malone"David Ball2001The singer is pulled from a fiery car crash by the ghost of the car's former owner, a soldier who died in the Vietnam War."Rocky's Girl"David Geddes1978"Seven Times 7"Brand New2005Sample lyrics:

"Have another drink and drive yourself home
"I hope there's ice on all the roads
"And you can think of me when you forget your seatbelt
"Then again when your head goes through the windshield"

(Video) "Real Gone" by Sheryl Crow - from the "Cars" Soundtrack - HIGH QUALITY AUDIO

"Shredded Humans"Cannibal Corpse1990From the album Eaten Back To Life. The lyrics of the song describe a what happens to a family inside a car that crashes, and the reaction of the other driver."So Damn Lucky"Dave Matthews2003The 2nd track on Matthews's solo album Some Devil. The subject is pleased that their love is not involved in the auto accident described in the lyrics."So Small"Carrie Underwood2007A runaway teen steps in front of an oncoming car, causing the woman driving to swerve into a man coming in the opposite direction - and then time freezes, giving all three a moment to contemplate what brought them there."Spellbound"AC/DC1981From the album For Those About to Rock We Salute You. The first verse describes a car accident and the second verse describes the reckless driving that lead to the crash."Stan"Eminem featuring Dido2000The lead character in the song commits suicide by crashing his car, with his pregnant girlfriend in the trunk. Eminem samples Dido's selection "Thank You" in the selection, and she has joined him on stage to perform it."Star Witness"Neko Case2006"My true love drowned in a dirty old pan of oil that did run from the block of a Falcon sedan 1969. The paper said '75. There were no survivors, none found alive.""Sunday Driving"Jerry Lewis1951Jerry crashes his car at the end of the song and says next time he'll take the bus, instead."Suzy & Jeffrey"Blondie1980The titular duo crash into a wall, serving as a metaphor for cold feet."Teddy Bear"Red Sovine1976The protagonist's father had died in an accident involving his semi-trailer truck during a snowstorm."Teen Angel"Mark Dinning and Alex Murray1959auto accident"Tell Laura I Love Her"Ray Peterson1960auto racing accident"Terry"Twinkle1964Motorcycle accident"That's How People Grow Up"Morrissey2009"I was driving my car / I crashed and broke my spine""There Is a Light That Never Goes Out"The Smiths1986from the album The Queen Is Dead"Three Wooden Crosses"Randy Travis2002Christian story song about a bus wreck in Mexico where three people died and maybe why a fourth person, perhaps the least deserving of the group, lived."Through the Wire"Kanye West2003Rapper West's first single, inspired by a 2002 accident which he survived, and performed while his jaw was wired shut as a result of his injuries."Thunderbird"Steve Azar1996from the album Heartbreak Town"Tonight is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel"Barenaked Ladies2000From Maroon. Accompanied by a drum march and calliope, the song is recited by the narrator who has just died in a car accident."Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!"Jethro Tull1976Motorcycle accident"Transfusion"Nervous Norvus1956A crazy driver keeps getting into accidents and receiving blood transfusions - always promising to never speed again."Trashed"Black Sabbath1983From Born Again, about surviving a drunk driving."Two Hour Honeymoon"Paul Hampton1960A newlywed couple have a car accident that kills her and leaves him lying in the wreck questioning why did it happen."Understanding in a Car Crash"Thursday2002"Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)"Simple Plan2005drunk driving accident"Warm Leatherette"The Normal1979also recorded by Grace Jones (1980). First person narrative of a car crash victim burning to death in the crash."Wreck on the Highway"Roy Acuff1942also recorded by artists including The Louvin Brothers, George Jones and Gene Pitney (1965), The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (in Will the Circle Be Unbroken, 1972)"Wreck on the Highway"Bruce Springsteen1980hit-and-run victim on lonely highway, inspired by but different from the Acuff song"The Year Summer Ended In June"Misery Signals2004“Roll down the window let in night air. I always thought we'd be together. You said we've never gone this way before. I must not let you die. Your memory survives.”

From Of Malice And The Magnum Heart

(Video) Mark Ronson - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (Official Video) ft. Miley Cyrus

"A Young Man is Gone"The Beach Boys1964A eulogy to James Dean"Oerend Hard"Normaal1977motorcycle accident"Hospital Flowers"Owl City2011Reflecting on a victim's life after a car crash
(Video) Evanescence - My Immortal (Embrace Life)


What song from the 60s was about a car crash? ›

And before 1960 ended, Marilyn Michaels recorded an “answer song” called “Tell Tommy I Miss Him.” All reflected the real life car-crash deaths of teen idol James Dean in 1955 and singer Eddie Cochran in 1960.

What is the most famous car crash? ›

Princess Diana

This accident is probably one of the most famous car crashes with an abundance of media coverage and paparazzi car crash photos circulating in the press. Driving a 1994 Mercedes-Benz W140 through a tunnel in France, the driver of the vehicle lost control and smashed into a pillar.

What is a car crash song? ›

The car crash song emerged as a popular pop and rock music teenage tragedy song during the 1950s and 1960s at a time when the number of people being killed in vehicle collisions was rising rapidly in many countries.

What is the biggest car crash ever recorded? ›

Over 300 vehicles. A dense fog was once again the culprit for the largest car pileup in history, occurring at the Rodovia dos Imigrantes Highway in Sao Paulo, Brazil. With over 300 vehicles crashing into one another, the accident stretched along for over one mile, with many vehicles also catching fire.

What song is a one hit wonder? ›

"20 to 1: One Hit Wonders"
1"My Sharona"1979
2"Born to Be Alive"1979
3"Video Killed the Radio Star"1979
4"Turning Japanese"1980
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How do I find a song I remember nothing about? ›

Use Shazam or MusicID.

If you've got Shazam on your phone and hear a song you can't identify and don't know anything about, activate the app and hold it toward the audio source and wait for a result. You can also use MusicID or Google Assistant to identify songs that are playing in your environment.

What singer died in a car crash? ›

'American Idol' singer Willie Spence killed in crash on Tennessee highway, family spokesperson says.

Which singer died in car accident? ›

Punjabi singer Nirvair Singh, a father-of-two who moved to Australia in search for a better life and musical career, was killed in a horror crash in three-vehicle collision in Melbourne's north-west on Tuesday.

What star died in a car crash? ›

Hollywood actor James Dean was killed at age 24 in an auto accident on September 30, 1955, near Cholame, California.
Death of James Dean.
DateSeptember 30, 1955
Non-fatal injuriesRolf Wütherich Donald Turnupseed
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What was a popular protest song from the 1960's or 1970's? ›

Protest Songs of the 60s and 70s
  • “Only a Pawn in Their Game” by Bob Dylan. The Times They Are a-Changin' ...
  • “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke. Ain't That Good News. ...
  • “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. ...
  • “Say it Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)” by James Brown. ...
  • “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. ...
  • “What's Going On?”
Oct 12, 2022

Which song was a rallying call for the protests of the 1960s? ›

One of the key figures of the 1960s protest movement was Bob Dylan, who produced a number of landmark protest songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" (1962), "Masters of War" (1963), "Talking World War III Blues" (1963), and "The Times They Are A-Changin'" (1964).

What songs did hippies listen to in the 60s? ›

  • Imagine -John Lennon.
  • Here Comes the Sun -The Beatles.
  • Woodstock -Joni Mitchell.
  • Going Up the Country -Canned Heat.
  • I'd Love to Change the World -Ten Years After.
  • If I Had A Hammer -The Weavers.
  • Live For Today -Grass Roots.
  • Suzanne -Leonard Cohen.
Feb 13, 2014

What was the first song about a car? ›

In 1905, Gus Edwards premiered the song "In My Merry Oldsmobile", a tune which Kenneth T. Jackson calls "the best-known car song ever written about the automobile."


1. Mark Ronson - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (Official Video) ft. Miley Cyrus
(Mark Ronson)
2. a playlist sad songs to played in the car. (sad slowed songs to cry to)
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3. Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars (Official Video)
(Snow Patrol)
4. Jade LeMac - Car Accident (Lyric Video)
(Jade LeMac)
5. Three Days Grace - Car Crash (Audio)
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6. Meat Loaf - Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are
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