“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.”
— lyrics by Janis Joplin, Michael McClure and Bob Neuwirth
Seems everyone in the collector car world knows those lyrics, but do you know which automotive brands are the most popular with songwriters?
LyricFind, a company that works with more than 5,000 music publishers and specializes in licensed lyrics, has found that Mercedes or Benz is the most-mentioned car brand, included in 4,952 lyrics.
Cadillac is second with 2,022 mentions, followed by Bentley (1,852), Chevrolet/Chevy (1,807), Ferrari/Rari (1,673) and then comes Porsche (1,455), just ahead of Lamborghini/Lambo (1,451).
“Finding music behind the wheel has undergone a minor revolution,” LyricFind said in its news release. “It’s now possible to say your favorite line from your favorite song and have your car stream it immediately.
“Lyrics are making music search and discovery car-friendly, as voice command takes over how we engage with in-auto media and entertainment.
“The search for music will only get more interesting and nuanced as certain types of data are integrated into voice command systems. Soon, you may not even have to have a specific song or line in mind. As search improves, as machine learning and mood data get woven into the mix, it will be possible to use lyric data to find that perfect song for a rainy morning in Boston, or for a summer night’s ride down the 101.
“Your voice will trigger a contextual search that can dig up the sounds you’re looking for.”