Can You Name These Cars From Country Music Videos?
By: Ian Fortey
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About This Quiz
Even before Willie Nelson sang about being on the road again, country music had very much been all about the driving experience and being in touch with your vehicle in a meaningful way. Maybe it's because the country is where driving is really fun, not just a slog through city traffic. Perhaps it has something to do with that rural experience of just getting out in your truck to get things done, of loving Nascar, and spending time in a garage on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and just being who you are. Maybe it's just because cars are cool. There's no need to overthink it!
Country music videos make serious use of cars as often as they can because what else is a music video but a chance to tell a story that in a lot of ways is a journey. You'd have to be a serious fan of not just cars in general, but also a fan of country music to hope to get through this quiz, to know what made Miranda Lambert the fastest girl in town, or what Brooks and Dunn raced across the screen in their video for "Hillbilly Delux." If you think you have it in you, then hop on into the driver's seat and take the quiz!
Lee Brice sang "I Drive Your Truck," but what truck did he mean?
Lee Brice is singing about a 1973 Ford F-100 pickup truck in his song. This was one of the final years for the F-100 as Ford introduced its legendary F-150 in 1975, and they have been producing them ever since.
Alan Jackson's friend tear right into a river in which of these trucks in "Chattahoochee?"
It appears to be a 1985 Chevy K10 short bed truck that the crew is driving into the river in Alan Jackson's video. If you wanted to listen to country music in this truck at the time, you could get an AM/FM stereo seek/scan radio with a cassette player for an extra $594.
"That Don't Impress Me Much" by Shania Twain featured which of these?
1953 Chevy Corvette
1964 Pontiac GTO
1957 Chevy Bel Air
Shania's video features a gorgeous Chevy Bel Air hardtop with a killer flaming paint job. This was the year Chevy introduced the Super Turbo-Fire V8 option in the Bel Air, but that paint job was a custom one, sadly.
When Brad Paisley was singing about "Old Alabama," what was in the video?
There's a sleek '67 Chevy Corvette in Brad Paisley's video. 1967 was the end of the C2 generation of Corvettes. This year had redesigned fender vents and was overall a somewhat less ostentatious model than previous years had been.
There are a few cars in "Strip it Down" by Luke Bryan, including which of these?
The Bentley Mulsanne is a very sleek looking vehicle and not your standard country music video fare, but that's OK because it still looks amazing. It's named for Mulsanne Corner on the LeMans racing circuit.
When Chris Young sang "I'm Comin' Over," what was he comin' over in?
It's a 2009 Dodge Challenger that's featured in the "I'm Comin' Over" video. The Challenger originally existed from 1969 until 1983. Dodge brought it back again in 2008 with a classic look similar to the first generation from the 1960s.
Lady Antebellum's "Hello World" includes which of these?
The very low key and chill "Hello World" needed a low key and chill vehicle, so why not a minivan like the Nissan Quest? Nissan was making those vans from 1992 until 2016 until the Pathfinder took over.
What is the car that Joe Carson sings about in "The Car?"
A song called "The Car" has to be about a classic car, and Joe Carson made it count by focusing on a classic Ford Mustang. This was the first pony car ever back in 1964, and that's part of the reason it's stood the test of time.
In Miranda Lambert's "Vice," you're going to find which of these cars?
Miranda Lambert's video includes a Cadillac CTS. 2003 was the first production year for the CTS, and they stayed in production until 2019 when it was finally discontinued as a model. The new CT5 model is replacing them.
There's a car in Keith Urban's "Cop Car" that isn't a cop car. What is it?
Chevy El Camino
The car that the two characters in the video are driving before the cops arrive seems to be a Chevy El Camino and possibly a third-generation though it's kind of hard to tell. They were made from 1959 until 1987, so there were several years to choose from.
Miranda Lambert was the "Fastest Girl in Town." What made her so fast?
Miranda Lambert makes off with some guy's 1969 Chevy Camaro in the video for "Fastest Girl in Town." She could have lived up to that title pretty easily even today with a 1969 Chevy Camaro RS Z28, which had a top speed of 135 miles per hour.
Brad Paisley showed off which of these in "Old Alabama?"
There are a few cars in this video, but the 1970 Chevy Malibu is one of the standouts. Technically speaking, the 1970 model wasn't a Malibu; it was a Chevelle. The Malibu name applied to a trim level. Malibu itself didn't become its own model until 1978.
Thompson Square has a song called "Trans Am." Can you guess what car is in the video?
Pontiac Trans Am
If your song is called "Trans Am," then yeah, your video is going to feature a Pontiac Trans Am. Even though the cars were made from 1967 to 2002, it's the 1977 Firebird Trans Am that everyone remembers thanks to the movie "Smokey and the Bandit."
Keith Urban's "Better Life" features which of these cars?
VW Super Beetle
"Better Life" features a 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle. The difference between a Beetle and a Super Beetle was mostly the features included. The Super Beetle was a premium model while they stripped down the features on the regular model to make it cheaper.
Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road" featured which of these cars?
Pontiac Trans Am
Production of the Chrysler Windsor started way back in 1939 and lasted all the way through 1961. Chrysler ended up doing away with the Windsor when they introduced their 300, though they kept making Windsors in Canada for another five years.
"Days of Gold" by Jake Owen showed off which of these classics?
Jake Owen's video showed off a classic 1969 Chevy Camaro. 1969 was the last year of the Camaro's first-generation and had a much more sporty look than the previous two years of the car had, which is why even to this day, a '69 Camaro is a memorable classic.
When Kenny Chesney sang "You and Tequila," which car was he driving?
Dodge Dart Swinger
It's a 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger in the video for Kenny Chesney's "Tequila and You." The name "Swinger" was just used starting in the fourth generation to distinguish the regular Dart from the two-door hardtop versions of the car.
Travis Tritt's "Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde" includes which of these?
Travis Tritt's video features a 1967 Pontiac Firebird, the first year that car was ever produced. Both the Firebird and the Chevy Camaro had what they called "coke-bottle styling" at the time, which referred to a narrow center with flared fenders.
"Tattoos on This Town" by Jason Aldean included which of these cars?
Jason Aldean included a '73 Nova from Chevy's third generation in his video when Chevy was making the SS models. The SS was only $123 more than the standard, but they kind of slacked off on the features and only included rally wheels and a new grille for that price upgrade.
Doug Supernaw's "I Don't Call Him Daddy" featured which popular truck?
Doug Supernaw's video features a Chevy Silverado. Chevy has only been making Silverados since 1998 alongside the identical GMC Sierra models. They're the replacement for Chevy's older C/K series of trucks that are also widely popular in country music videos.
Jake Owen includes which car in his "Days of Gold" video?
Studebaker Golden Hawk
Jake Owen's video features a 1962 Chevy Impala. Chevy has been making the Impala off and on from 1958 until today, and the look has massively and drastically evolved over that time. The '62 Impala was part of the third generation. The Beach Boys also sang a song about this same car called "409," which referred to the engine.
Calvin Harris' "Summer" featured which of these cars?
There's a 1973 Plymouth Duster in the video for "Summer." The Duster was a semi-fastback two-door coupe version of the Valiant. The version in the video is outfitted with a massive engine that wasn't standard on the Duster at the time.
Alan Jackson sings "Country Boy" and shows off which of these cars?
This is hands down the least impressive vehicle in any of these videos not because it was a bad model, but because Alan Jackson is standing on a rusted out junker version of a Chevy Advanced Design 3100 when he sings the song in this video.
In "Party for Two" by Shania Twain, what car can be seen?
Cadillac had been making Eldorados just short of forever, since 1952. Shania Twain's video featured a 1975 model from the car's 9th generation. To be specific, though, this was only in the remix video of the song that featured Mark McGrath, not the version with Billy Currington.
"Chillin' It" by Cole Swindell focuses on which of these vehicles?
Also known as the K5 Blazer, Chevy made these trucks from 1969 until 1991. GMC also had a sister version of the truck called the GMC Jimmy, which was essentially the same vehicle just with a different name on it.
Which of these are you catching in "Chattahoochee" by Alan Jackson?
Plymouth Road Runner
Alan Jackson's clearly a car guy, and his video for Chattahoochee features a classic 1970 Plymouth Road Runner. The Road Runner has the distinction of being the only car ever licensed from Warner Brothers to feature Looney Tunes characters, including a Wile E. Coyote decal on the air filter lid.
Alan Jackson sang the song "Mercury Blues." Which of these was in the video?
If this song wasn't an attempt to get a free Mercury by Alan Jackson, then the man seriously really loves Mercuries. In any event, the video features the Mercury Eight, a classic Mercury model that dates back to 1938.
Do you recognize this car from Calvin Harris' video for "Summer?"
Dodge has been making the Charger since 1966 in three distinct generations. The model in the video for summer was a 1972 Charger from the third generation. The Charger is most famous for its appearance on the TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard."
Tim McGraw put which of these in the video for "Lookin' For That Girl?"
Austin Healey 3000
Aston Martin Vantage Roadster
There's nothing country about this sleek European Aston Martin Vantage Roadster, but that's OK. The Vantage was made form 2005 to 2017 as a V8 and got an extra year of production for the powerful V12 model. It was replaced by a different Vantage, which is still in production today.
Which of these cars was featured in Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go Round"?
Studebaker Golden Hawk
Kacey Musgraves had to dig deep into classic car history for the 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster in her video. These cars were only produced from 1946 to 1948. By 1949 Chevy had instead rolled out the 2100 GK Series Chevrolet Deluxe as a replacement.
"Sure Be Cool if You Did" by Blake Shelton features one of these. Which one?
Blake Shelton's car of choice was a 1972 Oldsmobile Toronado. Even though the name sounds like a curious mispronunciation of the word tornado, it has no meaning at all and seems to have just been made up for cars.
Maddie and Tae included which of these in the video for "Girl in a Country Song?"
Dodge Power Wagon
Chevy Task Force 3100
Maddie and Tae made use of a classic 1955 Chevy Task Force 3100 truck in their video. The '55 had the distinction of having the industry-first wraparound windshield on it with the redesign for the truck's second generation.
Brooks and Dunn sang "Hillbilly Deluxe" and featured which vehicle in the video?
Ford made the Ranchero from 1957 until 1978 as essentially their version of the Chevy El Camino. Over half a million Rancheros were sold during that production run, so it was a surprisingly popular model even though you rarely see them anymore.
What was driving around "The Seashores of Old Mexico" by George Strait?
Plymouth Road Runner
There's a stunning orange 1966 Chevy Chevelle in this George Strait video. 1966 was the year Chevy overhauled the body design of the Chevelle with new bumpers, grille, and overall smoother lines throughout.
Florida Georgia Line included which of these in the video for "Cruise?
1979 Chevy Silverado
1976 Ford Bronco
1973 Chevy C20
Florida Georgia Line included a classic Chevy C20 truck in their video. These trucks were part of Chevy's C/K series from 1959 until 2002 when they were replaced by Chevy's Silverado trucks. 1973 was the first year of the third generation of their trucks, and the C20 specifically was a 3/4 model.
Dierks Bentley wants you to "Feel That Fire" with which of these?
Pontiac Tempest LeMans
The Pontiac Tempest was produced from 1960 to 1970 and with the LeMans trim starting in 1961. Dierks Bentley opted for a '64 model in his video, which was the first year of the second generation when they upgraded some models to a GTO.
"Footloose" by Blake Shelton features an iconic car called what?
While there's no Kevin Bacon in Blake Shelton's "Footloose," there is a 1967 Pontiac GTO. The GTO was first made in 1964 and was the first muscle car of any real significance to hit the market. 1967 was the year they started taking safety seriously and actually included a shoulder belt.