Mercedes in Song

by Nate Torvik on October 24, 2012

In the world of the famous and wealthy, luxury vehicles are often a perk of their careers. Kanye West owns a Lamborghini Aventador, Ron Artest owns a Lamborghini Murcielago, and almost every other pop star, athlete, and celebrity musician owns one expensive vehicle or another. The connection between elite vehicles and celebrity musicians is one that goes further than what people can see and has even been known to inspire a song or two. One of the more well-known songs about a vehicle is that of Janis Joplin’s last song, “Mercedes-Benz.”

Joplin wrote the song “Mercedes-Benz” as an a capella song with poets Michael McClure and Bob Neuwirth. The opening line of the song has Joplin asking, “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz?” The owner of a piece of Porsche artwork herself (a 356 convertible with an extremely psychedelic paint job), this song was meant to express some of her political feelings.

The song found its way into the modern age of advertising. Mercedes played the song in multiple advertising campaigns throughout the 1990s and 2000s, portraying each and every Mercedes as more desirable than the last.

Other popular songs over the years that have featured references to the iconic Mercedes brand include:

  • Hotel California by the Eagles
  • You Only Get What You Give by the New Radicals
  • Forgot about Dre by Dr. Dre

Throughout the years, many different luxurious Mercedes models have come down the assembly, including some of the most expensive models on the market like the SLS AMG. Always a classic, Mercedes will be forever immortalized not only in the garages of car aficionados, but also in the music of popular culture.

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