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19 Perfect Songs for Your Pinewood Derby Music Playlist

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Create a festive environment at your next Pinewood Derby by playing some of these great car-related songs! Download them to your phone or tablet to create a Pinewood Derby music playlist, and hook it up to a mini speaker. Parents and kids alike will love the music.

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Last 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.

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 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

Since I first created this playlist, some of you have commented with great suggestions! Here they are!

10. 409 by the Beach Boys – Thanks for the suggestion, Amy!

409 for iOS
409 for Android

11. I Get Around by the Beach Boys – Another fun suggestion from Amy.

I Get Around for iOS
I Get Around for Android

12. This Car of Mine by the Beach Boys – I love all of Amy's suggestions, don't you?

This Car of Mine for iOS
This Car of Mine for Android

13. Custom Machine by the Beach Boys – I didn't realize that the Beach Boys had so many songs about cars.

Custom Machine for iOS
Custom Machine for Android

14. Little Deuce Coupe by the Beach Boys – I can't believe I forgot this classic. Thanks, Maribel!

Little Deuce Coupe for iOS
Little Deuce Coupe for Android

15. Car Wash by Rose Royce – OK, I'm telling my age now. This song came out when I was in 6th grade, and it was a staple during my junior high days! 🙂

Car Wash for iOS
Car Wash for Android

16. Cars by Gary Neuman – Another junior high favorite that I had forgotten.

Cars for iOS
Cars for Android

17. Beep Beep by the Playmates – This was a new song for me. Thanks, Maribel!

Beep Beep for iOS
Beep Beep for Android

18. The Distance by Cake – Thanks, Bob!

The Distance for iOS
The Distance for Android

19. G.T.O. by Ronny & the Daytonas – Great suggestion, Corinne! Thanks!

G.T.O. for iOS
G.T.O. for Android

Note: As I was collecting the links for these songs, I realized that many of them are included in Prime Music, a benefit of your Amazon Prime membership. Here's how Amazon describes it:

As a Prime member, you can stream over 2 million songs ad-free, listen on any device including Amazon Echo, and take your music anywhere with offline listening.

If you don't have Prime already, take advantage of the 30-day free trial. Sign up today and enjoy Prime Music for your Pinewood Derby!

Which songs would you add?  Leave a comment to let me know. Then click on over and download these fun songs for your Pinewood Derby music playlist!

Yours in Scouting,
Sherry

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Friday 16th of October 2020

[…] Nothing gets a party started like music! Check out these car-related songs on my Pinewood Derby music playlist. […]

Shannon Harvey

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

Little Red Corvette by Prince

James Hopkins

Tuesday 21st of January 2020

Besides all those already mentioned, our playlist also includes: East Bound and Down-Jerry Reed Start Me Up-Rolling Stones Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car-Billy Ocean The Power of Love-Huey Lewis and the News Pink Cadillac-Bruce Springsteen Take Me Home Country Roads-John Denver One Headlight-The Wallflowers Radar Love-Golden Earring Boys of Summer-Don Henley Go Speed Racer Go-Theme song Fast Car-Tracy Chapman Freeway of Love-Aretha Franklin Highway to Hell-AC/DC Highway Star-Deep Purple Dukes of Hazard theme song-Merle Haggard Some of these have vague referencing to driving or contain one line about driving around, but it's a good mix of songs for all music types and genres. We have the Amazon Music playlist set to shuffle and just let it play in the background all evening. Music is nice during those especially lull moments between races.

Shannon

Saturday 11th of May 2019

Drive by Been Rector

Lindsay

Saturday 12th of January 2019

A few more Rocking Down the Highway (Doobie Brothers) Mercury BLues (Alan Jackson) Danger Zone (Kenny Loggins) --actually about flying but with all the "Highway" talk it kind of works and people love that song Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf)--like Danger zone, references driving and people love the song Greased Lightening (John Travolta) has one questionable line in it, but I believe there is and edited version of it without that line.

Sherry Smothermon-Short

Wednesday 16th of January 2019

Love these! Thanks for the ideas!