Songs about hot-rod cars began to emerge in the 1950s and 1960s with rock and roll songs like “Beep Beep”, “Little Deuce Coupe”, and of course “Fun Fun Fun” with the famous lyrics, “…till her daddy took the T-bird away”.
Country music features hits like “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” by Kenny Chesney and many other songs that focus on the pick-up truck.
My Google “research” even led me to a top-rated rap/hip-hop car song by Dr. Dre with Snoop Dogg, Ruben & Jewell performing “Let Me Ride”. Songs about love and social issues dominate the list of topics penned by lyricists but vehicles like trucks, cars and the occasional tractor are quite common. What is exceedingly rare are any songs about HVAC. I only found one song on YouTube that was not a kid’s song or a “gimmick” song. It is titled “The Air Conditioner Song” by country singer Bobby Bare. The song was produced by country music great Chet Atkins and written by Jack Clement, an award-winning American singer-songwriter. My favorite stanza contains the touching lyrics, “The air is pure and dehumidified, Thermostatically controlled, Now I have no desire to perspire, And that’s how progress goes.” Country music, in particular, is famous for tear-jerking lyrics over a woman, a car, a favorite pet and possibly a firearm. I think that a furnace breakdown in the dead of winter or a refrigerant leak that causes an AC unit to stop working on a hot August day is equally as traumatic and heartbreaking. Singers and songwriters in Nashville are missing a great opportunity to use music to elevate the HVAC unit to the level of a pick-up truck or a good woman. The world is waiting for some new HVAC songs.