Can You Name These Cars From ’80s Music Videos?


By: Heather Cahill

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

There's nothing like listening to a great song from your past that can take you all the way back o the good ol' days. For some, that means going all the way back to the '80s, one decade that had some amazing music. No matter the genre, you could probably find something you loved at this time. From Van Halen to Aretha Franklin, there were so many talented artists who are still just as loved today.

Where there are music videos there's music, but sometimes you can also find some pretty cool cars! As it turns out, many artists in the '80s had a love for the coolest hot rods around. Some owned them and used them in their videos while others just appeared with no other relation to the artist. Maybe you've even driven some of the cars from these videos or they might be some of your favorite rides. Maybe you were even riding in a Cadillac when you first heard Dwight Yoakam's massive hit!

So, think you know your fair share about cars and consider yourself to be an '80s music master? Then there's only one thing left to do. Start your engine and turn on your radio and floor it into this quiz!

“Freeway of Love” had a lot to love about it, including this machine known as what?

This song was released as a single from Aretha's album titled "Who's Zoomin' Who?" Did you know that the music video for the single was filmed in Detroit, Michigan? This was an important place as it's long been the heart of American car manufacturing.


It wasn't a ZZ Top video unless it involved this older vehicle as shown here in the "Sleeping Bag" music video. Can you name it?

This Ford Eliminator had a beautiful red paint job and ran like a dream! If you remember the music video, then you'll remember that the car was used as a getaway vehicle from a much larger monster truck as well as heavy machinery as ZZ Top rocked on in the background.


What is the name of one of the rides that Judas Priest were “Heading out to the Highway” in?

It was time to rock when this Judas Priest hit came on MTV. The fun video had a mix of Judas Priest putting on a cool show while two cars raced each other down the road. It was a touch of James Dean cool.


Huey Lewis and the News went to the future in "The Power of Love" with which ride?

Huey Lewis and The News was heavily involved with "Back to The Future," so there's no wonder that the famous DeLorean made an appearance in this video. It was in the movie as well as on the soundtrack proving that the movie and band both represented the '80s!


Natalie Cole loves it all in pink, including her car. Which vehicle was it?

Did you know that this song was originally by Bruce Springsteen who recorded it four years earlier than Natalie Cole? She put her own take on the fun song and even created her own visuals for it. Both versions were successful, but Natalie released hers as a single.


In the video where Judas Priest was "Breaking the Law," which of the following cars would they have taken?

"Breaking the Law" is considered to be one of the best rock songs ever and the video is just as good. There's no doubt that it is a timeless classic that can transport you back to those great times with your best friends in the '80s.


Which of the following needed some TLC and fixing up in the music video "I'm On Fire" by Bruce Springsteen?

The Ford Thunderbird was one of two cars that were in the video. If you were a fan of Bruce, then you'll know that he was a huge fan of cars, as they were even the subject of many of his songs.


Thinking back to "Hot For Teacher" by Van Halen, can you remember which ride this is?

If any music video can take you back to your childhood, it's this one! Van Halen members are shown as kids in school, an age where you might have even heard this song for the first time ever. It's been recognized as one of the greatest rock songs ever.


The reason Randy Newman might have said “I Love L.A." could be because his hot rod is there! Do you know which of the following it is?

For Randy, there's no better feeling than cruising down the streets of Los Angeles with a lady by his side in his bright red Buick. For many others, that's the dream too, although maybe they'll have this unforgettable tune cranked up!


"Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake is one song that really defined the rockin' '80s. Do you remember which vehicle was pictured at the beginning of the video?

If you "don't know where you're going," just hop inside the Jaguar. It was hard to resist listening to this classic hit that could really get you in the mood to rock out. Let's face it, we all cranked this tune up and sang it at the top of our lungs!


The Human League's hit "Don't You Want Me" should have been written about which awesome vehicle in the video?

This song was one of The Human League's biggest hits in the '80s and they made quite a creative music video for it as well. Could you solve the murder mystery before the end of the music video when it was played on MTV?


Do you know the name of the second car in “Heading out to the Highway” by Judas Priest?

In the racing scene, you'll find the 1956 Ford Thunderbird on your left speeding along the road until the two cars are stopped by Rob Halford. The song itself came out on the famous album "Point of Entry," which also had a few other popular singles.


Billy Ocean could have called this iconic song, "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My 'Sports' Car!" What cool ride appears in it?

Billy Ocean had a beautiful white Porsche in this video for his lovable song "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car." Cars weren't just the highlight of the video, but it was also mixed with some cool animations. Nothing screams '80s like a cartoon duck holding a boom box!


Pretty Maids predicted their "Future World" driving which iconic ride?

Heavy metal fans couldn't get enough of this killer song that was so good that Pretty Maids named their album after it! Did you know that the band comes from Denmark? Despite being big in the '80s, the band is still at it today!


The song might have been called "Midnight Blue," but the hot rod was red! Lou Gramm's music video has which of the following in it?

This is one memorable rock song that became a soundtrack to many people's '80s. It was most popular in the United States and Canada where it shot up the music charts. There's nothing like Lou's smooth voice belting out this rock classic.


Aretha Franklin brought it right to the manufacturers on “Freeway of Love.” Which of the following cars was shown?

Aretha Franklin knew how to craft a beautiful song with an equally beautiful and meaningful music video. Being all about the freeway, you can find many shots throughout the video of cars going about their days. If you look close enough, you might even spot your own car!


Fans of hardcore music may remember the ride in "Institutionalized" by Suicidal Tendencies. What was it called?

The Ford Galaxie in this video is shown a few times throughout, and even better is that it's a convertible! Another unique fact about the music video is that it was the first hardcore music video to be aired on MTV in 1984!


In "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," Curt Smith from Tears for Fears jumps into this sleek sports car. Can you name it?

Everyone remembers hearing the iconic lyrics: "Welcome to your life / There's no turning back." They could be quite eye-opening and motivational for some. It touched a lot of people as it hit number one around the world on the music charts.


There's no doubt that Sammy Hagar couldn't go 55 in which iconic car?

"I Can't Drive 55" by Sammy Hagar is something we can all relate to at some point in our lives, but especially when we're late for something! Who could forget when Sammy found himself in the courthouse for his antics with the Ferrari and rocked out?


ZZ Top is known for its song "Sharp Dressed Man," but which famous car makes its appearance?

This Ford coupe has seen its fair share of music videos and could probably be considered one of the band's favorite cars. This sharp-looking car is perfect for such a sharp song that will forever remain one of the best classics of the '80s.


Steve Earle wouldn't go to "Copperhead Road" without which of the following cool cars?

The Chrysler Windsor looked pretty cool cruising down a dirt road in Steve Earle's legendary country music video for "Copperhead Road." We can't help but wonder today ... did Steve and the Chrysler ever come back from Copperhead Road?


"Legs" are important when driving, but they're also the subject of a ZZ Top song. What vehicle can you spot in the video?

ZZ Top really had a love for cars and it showed in music videos. In "Legs," you might remember the famous Ford Eliminator that became the symbol of the band's videos being occupied by a group of girls. If you look close enough, you'll notice that the car is made with suicide doors!


The star car of the music video “Smuggler’s Blues” by Glenn Frey is what?

Glenn Frey couldn't have chosen a more perfect car for his chase through this video. Hearing this song might take you back to another '80s classic, the TV show "Miami Vice." One episode of the show was even inspired by the name of the song.


“Stay the Night” is quite an incredible video. Chicago's singer can be seen hanging off which of the following in it?

Have you ever wanted someone to stay with you so bad that you would go to the lengths that Peter Cetera did in this video? The groovy song really conveys the commitment he feels toward the subject of the song.


The second of the cars in Billy Ocean's hit, "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" is perfect for anyone who loves to take the backroads. What is it?

There were a few cars in this video, but the Jeep can be found in the background. Playing at the drive-in, Billy Ocean knew how to show everyone a good time. This is also something that his music still does today, especially for fans of the iconic '80s!


All the "Hot Girls in Love" sure know the coolest vehicles to drive. Can you name the hot rod that the girl in the video is cruising in?

The star of this video was shown to be on a mission as she sped away from the barrels of nitro chasing after her. Maybe she was listening to this hit song by Loverboy! At the time of this video, the car was about 40 years old, but there's no doubt that it was well-maintained in this video.


Bruce Springsteen said "I'm On Fire" with which car in the music video?

Bruce Springsteen played a mechanic in this classic video where he wanted to get the girl. You can catch Bruce working on this baby blue Camaro in the beginning of the music video where he meets the woman who brought it in.


If you look closely at the end of Robert Plant's video for "Big Log," which of the following will you see?

"Big Log" was a single from Robert Plant's second album, which brought him great success. If you're also a fan of video games, you might have had memories of the great '80s brought back when playing "Grand Theft Auto V," as it was included there as well.


Glenn Frey had the “Smuggler’s Blues" when the bad guys were chasing him in which of the following?

If you've ever been in a position where you've felt like things are going wrong, then you might relate to Glenn's feelings here! Everyone loved to watch the video when it popped up on MTV and get that "Miami Vice" vibe.


Sir Mix-a-Lot had his whole “Posse on Broadway” in which ultra-cool hot rod?

This is the type of song to take you back to the days where you had no worries or cares and just loved to enjoy the moment. Of course, you probably didn't have the classy ride that Sir Mix-a-Lot did!


Technically, the vehicle in "It’s Not Love" by Dokken isn't a car, but it's still pretty cool. What is it called?

There really is nothing more cool than riding on the back of a flatbed truck while putting on a killer show. Dokken showed us how it's done while being chauffeured down the road. The cars behind wouldn't need to crank up the radio here!


"Don't You Want Me" by The Human League isn't heavily focused on the cars, but which of the following makes an appearance?

Did you know that this song was a hit worldwide in the early 1980s as it hit number one in countless positions around the world? Everyone just couldn't get enough of the infectious hit which can still be heard in things like commercials today.


The B-52's were on the way to the "Love Shack" in which classic ride?

When you think of the '80s, this might be one of the first songs to come to mind. One of the biggest hits for The B-52's, "Love Shack" was all over the airwaves and it was an all-around feel-good song to party to!


Sir Mix-a-Lot called which of the following rides his "Hooptie?"

'80s rap fans couldn't get enough of Sir Mix-a-lot's catchy songs, especially "My Hooptie." That was a name that he used for his car and specifically his Buick Skylark. No matter what shape his car was in, he was happy to have it, according to this hit!


Dwight Yoakam is known for guitars and what vehicle that appeared in his music video for the song?

Country music fans all know this classic from the '80s. There's not much more to love than music and cars and this song and video gave the best of both worlds. In fact, it's been considered to be one of the greatest country music songs ever recorded by "Rolling Stone."


Robert Plant's music video for "Big Log" had some cool hot rods in it. Which of the following was one of them?

Zipping through a frame of this iconic music video is a Chevy Bel Air, one cool car of the '50s. There's no better song than this one to listen to as the sun starts to set and darkness starts to fall. You can really feel the emotion in this hit!


Depeche Mode said "Never Let Me Down Again" to which of the following cars pictured here?

Depeche Mode really threw it back in this video which was filmed in black and white. It added to the beauty and feeling of a timeless and classic song. One thing to remember is to always wave your hand to this song if you ever go to a Depeche Mode concert. It's a tradition!


Duran Duran included this hot rod that is driven by "The Chauffeur" in their music video. Can you name it?

One of the singles from their famous album "Rio," the video and song for "The Chauffeur" really showed off the band's unique talent and creativity. It's one that many look back on fondly and remember the good ol' days.


Van Halen went to "Panama" in which of the following cool vehicles?

Van Halen's classic song was one that many loved to blast while out for a drive. There's nothing like singing along to an awesome song as you cruise down the road in an equally cool car, and Van Halen proved it!


This hot rod zips by in this first frame of "Miami Vice Theme" by Jan Hammer. Painted all black, which is it?

Who could forget this iconic theme song from an equally legendary television show? Jan Hammer hit the nail on the head with this song and music video, capturing the hardcore feeling of catching criminals. It wouldn't be a "Miami Vice" music video without the Ferrari Daytona Spyder, one of the main cars from the show.


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