Luxury and retro cars have been the pinnacle of emulating wealth and ambition when it comes to musicians. From Blondie’s “You eat Cadillacs, Lincolns too” to the Beach Boys “And she’ll have fun, fun, fun till her daddy takes the T-bird away”, Beamers, Chevys, Lambos, Whips, Rides, Cars – whatever you call them – are the optimum status symbol. To identify exactly what the best referenced and favoured car brand, Uswitch have analysed data from IMCDB and discovered the most popular makes, models and genres for cars.
Chevrolet crowned #1
It’s not surprising that the Chevrolet comes in first, made popular by the likes of Gwen Stefani, Ice Cube, , Whiz Khalifa, Drake and The Offspring. Featured in 1568 music videos, the most popular model is the Impala, featured in 272 videos.
Ford crowned #2
Featured in 1455 and falling closely behind the Chevy, Ford is featured the second most in music. Recognised in classics such as ‘This is what it feels like’ by Armin van Buuren, ‘Boyfriend’ by Justin Bieber and ‘Steve McQueen’ by Sheryl Crow – the Ford Mustang takes the crown as the top most featured Ford model, appearing in 223 music videos in total.
Mercedes-Benz crowned #3
The Mercedes Benz falls in third place with 871 features in total, including mentions from musicians Lil Peep in ‘Benz Truck’, Janis Joblin ‘Mercedes Benz’, Andre 3000 ‘Benz Friendz’ and Maren Morris ‘80s Mercedes’.
The De Lorean featured 22 times
The Back to the future franchise has left a lasting impression on music stars, featured 22 times including mentions by will.i.am in ‘T.H.E’, Britney Spears in ‘Till the world ends’, Moby in ‘We are all made of stars’ and Macklemore in ‘Thrift Shop’.
It’s clear that cars will ultimately sculpt the way in which we view wealth and fulfillment and will forever be the ultimate asset to star’s status symbols. Whether it’s featuring the most common choice of a Chevrolet Impala – or the less conventional De Lorean – we seldom see music videos that do not feature some kind of motor vehicle.