Fun Pinewood Derby Music

pinewood derby music playlistLast year, my pack decided to change up our Pinewood Derby a bit.  One of the things we did was play music during our weigh-in time.  It created a more festive atmosphere and added to the excitement of the race!

I searched for car-related music, and I found some fun songs!  I created a Pinewood Derby playlist on my phone and connected the phone to our pack’s portable PA system.  You could also use a portable Bluetooth speaker.

So, here’s our fun Pinewood Derby playlist!  I’m including links to iTunes for my fellow i-users as well as to Amazon for our Android device users.  These are my affiliate links, so if you click and order, I’ll earn a small commission (at no additional cost to you).  If you do order, thank you!

1.  Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts – How many of your boys have had a Cars car in the Pinewood Derby?  Mine have!
Life is a Highway for iOS
Life is a Highway for Android

2.  Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett – This song was recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama just a few miles from my hometown.  There was some incredible music recorded in Muscle Shoals.  Check out the documentary on iTunes or Amazon Instant Video.
Mustang Sally for iOS
Mustang Sally for Android

3.  Fun, Fun, Fun by The Beach Boys – Let’s hope none of our boys get their T-Birds taken away!
Fun, Fun, Fun for iOS
Fun, Fun, Fun for Android

4.  Low Rider by War – Just like our Pinewood Derby cars, “low rider don’t use no gas now.”
Low Rider for iOS
Low Rider for Android

5.  Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf – Gotta get your motor runnin’!
Born to Be Wild for iOS
Born to be Wild for Android

6.  On the Road Again by Willie Nelson – This song won a Grammy for Best Country Song.
On the Road Again for iOS
On the Road Again for Android

7.  Hot Rod Lincoln by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen – THE hot rod anthem.
Hot Rod Lincoln for iOS
Hot Rod Lincoln for Android

8.  Drive My Car by The Beatles – Beep beep’m, beep beep, yeah!
Drive My Car for iOS
Drive My Car for Android

9.  Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats – Although I had never heard this old R&B song, it has become one of my favorite “feel good” songs.  You can read about how a damaged amplifier created a trendy new sound.
Rocket 88 for iOS
Rocket 88 for Android

Which songs would you add?  Click on over and download these fun songs for your Pinewood Derby playlist!

Yours in Scouting,

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12 thoughts on “Fun Pinewood Derby Music

  1. Amy Mc.

    We play quite a few Beach Boys songs (409, I Get Around, This Car of Mine, Custom Machine) but I also like to throw in “Eye of the Tiger” for our youngest rank!

  2. Maribel

    How about the following:
    Beep, Beep by The Playmates
    Car Wash by Rose Royce
    Cars by Gary Numan
    Little Deuce Coupe by The Beach Boys

    1. Sherry Post author

      Oh, man! I can’t believe I forgot those. I don’t know Beep, Beep, but I do know the others! Thanks for letting me know. I’ll add them.

  3. Bob

    Thanks for the list! It should cut down my own research considerably.

    What about Cake’s “The Distance”? It’s a metaphor, certainly, but it seems to me that it should still work.

    1. Bob

      I think “Drive My Car” and “Rocket 88” have some veiled sexual metaphors, and I’m likely to leave them out…

      1. Sherry Post author

        Everyone needs to make the decision that’s right for them and their pack, and I respect that. Personally, I don’t think many 3rd graders would get any veiled metaphors, so I feel comfortable playing the songs. Thanks!

    2. Sherry Post author

      Thanks for the suggestion! I wasn’t familiar with that song, but it sounds like it would be a good addition to the list.

  4. Luis

    If y’all are on Spotify, I created a Pinewood Derby playlist. Just search Pinewood Derby and it is the only one that comes up.

    The list is pretty fluid right now, as I am adding and deleting various songs.


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