There were 6,328,000 car accidents in 2003. These accounted for 2.9 million injuries and 42,643 deaths related to auto crashes. Almost 60 percent of children, age 14 and under, who die in motor vehicle accidents were unrestrained. So buckle yourself and your kids up! This playlist contains songs about car accidents. A tragic theme to be sure, but one that started way back in the 1950’s with the popular “teenage tragedy” story.
Many times it was love itself, which drove the teenage lover to their death in these songs as in Ray Peterson’s “Tell Laura I Love Her”, the tragic love story of Laura and Tommy. His love for Laura is the driving force behind Tommy entering a stock car race for a $1000 prize. Just enough to buy the engagement ring for his beloved Laura. Needless to say Tommy made the wrong decision.
Also, in the classic “Teen Angel” a teenage couple’s car stalls on the railroad tracks. The boyfriend returns to the car for school ring and is killed by the oncoming train. So again, it was love represented by a ring that caused these horrible car accident deaths.
These car wreck tragedies continued through the decades. Some of the most disturbing broke from the traditional storyline.
The Normal broke onto the underground scene in the 80s with the creepy “Warm Leatherette” whose lyrics painted chilling images in the mind of the listener.
Is in your eye
The hand brake
Penetrates your thigh
Quick – Let’s make love
Before you die”
The Sugarcubes also contributed to the car crash genre with the stream-of-conscious lyrics found in 1988’s “Motorcrash”.
Saw the injured parents
Cuts on the children
An awful motorcrash
So dangerous motorcrash
So terribly bloody
This playlist contains some of the most memorable songs about car accidents ever written.
1. Wreck On The Highway – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
2. Wreck On The Highway – Bruce Springsteen
4. Dead Man’s Curve (Single Version) – Jan and Dean
5. Warm Leatherette – The Normal
6. Motorcrash – The Sugarcubes
7. Car Crash – Tricky
8. Last Kiss – Pearl Jam
9. Tell Laura I Love Her – Ray Peterson
10. Car Crash – Our Lady Peace
11. Steal Your Keys and Crash Your Car – Flesh Vehicle
12. Crawling From The Wreckage – The Dave Edmunds Band
13. Let This Be A Lesson To You (Drunk Driver) – Tommy Ellison & The Five Singing Stars
14. Blasphemous Rumours – Depeche Mode
15. Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck – The Blood Brothers
16. Through the Wire – Kanye West
17. Teen Angel – Jem Crossland & Hypertonics
18. Car Crash – The Avengers
19. High Speed Collision 3:37 – Space Band
20. Car Crash – Powerman 5000
21. Leader Of The Pack – The Shangri-Las
22. Airbag – Radiohead
23. In The Kingdom #19 – Sonic Youth
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