The 5 Best Classic Country Songs Inspired by Chevrolet
Chevrolet vehicles have appeared in more than their fair share of classic country songs — you could even say that the two go together like George Jones and Tammy Wynette (a pair you’ll hear from shortly). Want proof? Here are five of the best classic country tunes inspired by Chevy.
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- (We're Not) The Jet Set
- '57 Chevrolet
- Why Do We Want (What We Know We Can't Have)
- Song of the South
George Jones and Tammy Wynette, “(We’re Not) The Jet Set”
“No we’re not the jet set, we’re the old Chevrolet set/But ain’t we got love.” OK, so the rhyming is a little suspect in this 1972 song. Doesn’t matter. It still makes a witty, charming case for romance — without all that highfalutin’ sophistication to get in the way.
Billie Jo Spears, “’57 Chevrolet”
In this touching 1977 song, singer Billie Jo Spears fondly recalls memories of her beloved ’57 Chevrolet — and how the car helped her build a happy and long-lasting relationship. “They don’t make cars like they used to/I wish we still had it today/The love we first tasted/The good love we’re still living/We owe it to that old ’57 Chevrolet.”
Reba McEntire, “Why Do We Want (What We Know We Can’t Have)”
This sassy dancefloor filler from 1983 makes an important point: Even if your Chevy isn’t the absolute fanciest car on the road, it’s better to appreciate what you have than to end up like Corvette owner Susie, who “rear-ended a semi/But not by choice/She was rubbernecking a new Rolls-Royce.”
Steve Earle, “Someday”
A Chevrolet represents freedom for this 1986 song’s narrator, who feels trapped and unfulfilled in a small town: “I got me a ’67 Chevy, she’s low and sleek and black/Someday I’ll put her on the interstate and never look back.”
Alabama, “Song of the South”
In 1988’s “Song of the South,” a farming family suffers through the Great Depression — but a Chevy stands in as a symbol of their improving fortunes. “Well Mama got sick and Daddy got down/The county got the farm and we moved to town/Papa got a job with the TVA/We bought a washing machine, then a Chevrolet.”
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A longtime editor/writer and recently transplanted Hoosier, Caleb Cook lives in Xenia, Ohio. His favorite activities are reading and listening to music, although he occasionally emerges from the heap of books and vinyl records in his basement to stand blinking in the sunlight. Once fully acclimated to the outside world again, he can be observed hanging out with his wife, attempting a new recipe in the kitchen, attending movies, walking the dog, or wandering into a local brewery to inquire about what’s on tap. See more articles by Caleb.