The Top 10 Coolest Cars in Music Video History
Cars and music videos go together like peanut butter and banana sandwiches – they may not thrill everyone, but those who love them are die-hard aficionados. Presented below, for your auto-erotic enjoyment, are just a handful of the memorable cars (and the videos that immortalized them) that have graced television screens over the years.
It may not have been the first time a hot car appeared on MTV, but the image of Tawny Kitaen writhing on the hoods of a pair of Jaguar XJs remains an iconic moment in pop culture history. This scene epitomized the relationship between exotic vehicles (not to mention hot girls) and music videos for years to come.
Keanu Reeves’ classic ride sets the mood for this video from the moment his white-rimmed tires are slashed. He may be the rebel without a clue in this story, but his car is clearly a threat to the competition. The ending is twice as tragic when we don’t just lose a life, we lose two gorgeous vintage automobiles.
The Ford Mustang Convertible in this video basically acts as a third accomplice–the fact that very few teenagers could own one implies that they “borrowed” it for their joyride. And really, would Liv Tyler have caught as many eyes pumping gas into a Volvo? The paint job is polished to a perfect shine while the Mustang’s reputation for speed leaves no doubt in the viewer’s mind that this pair could race their way out of any sticky situation.
Remember when hydraulics were more common than bulletproof glass in a rap stars’ ride? This hip-hop classic takes us back to a day when no one was driving the latest thing to come off of the assembly line. These custom classic cars represent a respect for the past that has been lost behind the tinted windows of today’s stretch Hummers.
Sure, this dude may be trying a little too hard, but you’ve got to give the kid credit for choosing a 1962 Chevrolet Impala Convertible. Homey’s surely not the most fly guy to ever grace its black leather interior, but he gets an “A” for effort.
While this video may be shot in the style of a parody, the Lamborghini Murciélago “rapmobile” is no joke. This high performance sports car became the new face of Lamborghini in the twenty-first century. With its slick aerodynamic body design, this Italian masterpiece is ideal for whisking our masked avengers off to their destination just in time to save the day.
One would expect any video from the soundtrack to Cars to showcase some impressive wheels and these guys don’t disappoint. From a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette and 1952 Buick Special to a 1937 Ford V8 DeLuxe, you can only imagine what the insurance budget was on this set. Most impressive of all is the cameo from a well maintained beauty that was tearing up roads long before any member of this band was born–the coveted 1930 Ford Model A!
The opening car chase between 50 Cent in an Aston Martin DB9 and his object of affection in a Lotus Elise is dripping with sex and sophistication. The sleek lines and smooth handling of both cars let the drivers and viewers ignore the road and focus on the fantasy feature…a different kind of seat warmer.
Okay, so maybe “cool” isn’t exactly the right word for a Toyota Prius, but in this economy shouldn’t Weird Al get at least a few extra points for name dropping a vehicle with an EPA estimated 50 MPG?
A Dodge Charger that transforms into a Bugati Veyron, a custom designed motorcycle or a helicopter? That would save both parking spaces and time spent sitting in traffic (because yes, real life problems could exist even in fantasy land).
Obviously, this list isn’t complete. A comprehensive list of cool cars that stole the show from the music video stars they transported would fill a stack of Kelly Blue Books. Let us know in the comments which of your favorites are missing from the list?