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"(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" is a popular song of rhythm and blues standard featured in the 2006 Disney/Pixar animated film, Cars. The soundtrack features two versions of the song. One is covered by Chuck Berry while the other is covered by John Mayer. Berry's version is heard toward the resolution of the film where Luigi, Guido, and the rest of the townsfolk upgrade Lightning McQueen in order to make him look like a real town customer. Mayer's version is heard during the end credits of the film. The song overall provides detailed real life facts about the route and its destinations.

The song was also covered by The Cheetah Girls to promote the movie. This version was included as a bonus track on The Cheetah Girls 2 soundtrack.

History

The song was composed in 1946 by American songwriter Bobby Troup. It was first recorded in the same year by Nat King Cole, and was subsequently covered by many artists including Chuck Berry in 1961, The Rolling Stones in 1964, and Depeche Mode in 1987. The title was suggested to Troup by his first wife, Cynthia.

Lyrics

Well, if you ever plan to motor west,
Take my way, it's a highway that's the best.
Get your kicks on Route 66.

Well, it winds from Chicago to L.A.
More than 2,000 miles all the way.
Get your kicks on Route 66.

Well, it goes from St. Louis, Joplin, Missouri,
Oklahoma City looks oh so pretty,

You'll see Amarillo,
And Gallup, New Mexico,
Flagstaff, Arizona, don't forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernadino

Won't you get hip to this timely tip,
And take that California trip?
Get your kicks on Route 66.

(Instrumental)

Well, it goes from St. Louis, Joplin, Missouri,
Oklahoma City looks, oh so pretty,

You'll see Amarillo,
And Gallup, New Mexico,
Flagstaff, Arizona, don't forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernadino,

Won't you get hip to this timely tip,
When you make that California trip?
Get your kicks on Route 66.
Get your kicks on Route 66.
And I'll meet you on Route 66.
Get your kicks on Route 66.


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Media
Films: CarsCars 2Cars 3Mater and the GhostlightMiss Fritter's Racing SkooolPixar Popcorn (Unparalleled ParkingDancing with the Cars)

Television: Cars ToonsCars: Racing Sports NetworkCars On The Road
Music: CarsCars 2Cars 3The Music of Cars Land
Video Games: Cars: The Video GameCars 2: The Video GameCars: Mater-National ChampionshipCars: Race-O-RamaThe World of Cars OnlineCars: Radiator Springs AdventuresKinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar AdventureDisney InfinityCars: Fast as LightningCars: Lightning LeagueCars 3: Driven to Win
Books: Disney's Wonderful World of ReadingLittle Golden Book

Disney Parks
Cars LandDisney's Art of Animation ResortCars: Road TripCars Quatre Roues RallyeDisney Animation BuildingLuigi's Flying TiresLuigi's Rollickin' RoadstersMater's Junkyard JamboreePixar Pal-A-RoundRadiator Springs Racers

Entertainment: Lightning McQueen's Racing AcademyMoteurs... Action! Stunt Show SpectacularPixar Playtime Pals
Restaurants: Cozy Cone MotelFillmore's Taste-InFlo's V8 Cafe
Shops: Radiator Springs CuriosRamone's House of Body ArtSarge's Surplus Hut
Parade: Mickey's New Year's Eve ParadePaint The Night ParadePixar Play Parade
Fireworks: ILLUMINATE! A Nighttime CelebrationTogether Forever: A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularWonderful World of AnimationWorld of Color: Celebrate!
Summer: Club Mouse BeatLightning McQueen Live!

Characters
Cars: Lightning McQueenMaterSally CarreraMackStrip WeathersChick HicksMia and TiaHarvDoc HudsonFloRamoneSheriffLuigiGuidoSargeFillmoreRedLizzieStanleyTex DinocoLynda WeathersJay LimoTuner CarsBessieFrankTractorsJerry Recycled Batteries

Cars 2: Finn McMissileHolley ShiftwellTony TrihullRod "Torque" RedlineTomberMiles AxlerodProfessor ZündappGremAcerFrancesco BernoulliVictor HugoVladimir TrunkovJ. Curby GremlinTubbs PacerIvanUncle TopolinoMama TopolinoJeff Gorvette
Cars 3: Cruz RamirezJackson StormSterlingMiss FritterChase RacelottDanny SwervezBubba WheelhouseBobby SwiftSmokeyJunior, River, and Louise
Mater and the Ghostlight: Screamin' Banshee
Cars Toons: KabutoBig DSkipper RileySandy DunesBlue GritIdle ThreatShifty Sidewinder
Video Games: CandiceStinger
Deleted Characters: Giulia

Episodes
Mater's Tall Tales: Rescue Squad MaterMater the GreaterEl MaterdorTokyo MaterUnidentified Flying MaterMonster Truck MaterHeavy Metal MaterMoon MaterMater Private EyeAir MaterTime Travel Mater

Tales From Radiator Springs: HiccupsBuggedSpinningThe Radiator Springs 500½
Canceled Episodes: To Protect and Serve

Songs
Cars: Real GoneLife is a HighwayOur TownMcQueen and SallySh-BoomRoute 66Find YourselfBehind the CloudsMy Heart Would Know

Cars 2: You Might ThinkPolyrhythmMon Cœur Fait Vroum (My Heart Goes Vroom)Collision of WorldsNobody's Fool
Cars 3: Run That RaceKings HighwayGlory DaysRide
Others: Free RideWelcome to Radiator SpringsRadiator RockMambo ItalianoStop in the Name of LoveRiding in My Car (Car Car Song)Low Rider (Espanol Fantasma Mix)Junkyard JamboreeBig BulldozerTow Mater (The One You Want to Call)Mater's Square DanceLet's Go Driving

Organizations/Groups
DinocoTuner CarsWorld Grand PrixLemons
Locations
Radiator SpringsLuigi's Casa Della TiresRamone's House of Body ArtCozy Cone MotelFillmore's Taste-InFlo's V8 CaféMrs. PistonWilly's ButteRadiator Springs CuriosRadiator Springs Drive-In TheatreWheel Well MotelLondon, EnglandParis, FrancePorto CorsaTokyoCaliforniaLos Angeles International SpeedwayMotor Speedway of the SouthOrnament ValleyBig BenTop Down TruckstopBig BentleyHollywood
Objects
Piston CupAllinol
See Also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a BoxCars (franchise)
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