"Cadillac Ranch" by Bruce Springsteen

March 8, 2011 12:00 AM

Bruce Springsteen might arguably be the best singer-songwriter of the 1980's, but its his songs about cars that are undeniably good.

One specifically, "Cadillac Ranch" has gone down in history as one of Springsteen's best songs to hear live. The song, released on the 1980 album "The River," wasn't a massive hit for the singer, but it's still very popular with his fans.

Cadillac Ranch refers to the iconic site in Amarillo, Texas, where a line of old Cadillacs display the evolution of the automobile model. The cars are now heavily-graffitied because of the owner's love for public art - anyone who visits can paint on the cars.

According to SongFacts.com, Springsteen actually wrote "Cadillac Ranch" to balance the slower songs on his "River" album.

Springsteen also mentions Junior Johnson in the second version, who won the second Daytona 500 in 1960.

SongFacts.com also claims that "cars were very important growing up in New Jersey. Springsteen's first car was a '57 Chevy with orange flames painted on the hood."

Drivers can listen to a live version of the song his boxset "Live 1975-1985" or you can listen to it on YouTube.

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