I am going to beat Dave Althoff to this. But there are: Ride the Roller coaster-the DB's Rollercoaster-Everything But the Girl Fly-Moxy Fruvous (mentions coaster) Love Rollercoaster-Red Hot Chili Peppers Amusement Parks USA-Beach Boys (mentions coasters)
What is that oldies song that goes: "everyday, its a gettin' closer; goin' faster than a roller coaster; love like yours surely......" It's on the movie Stand By Me I know that. I downloaded it on Napster a while back but I totally forget who sings it. --------- "God gave me a wake up call," RelientK-"Wake Up Call"
Getting a little further afield, with a little imagination the song "Spinning Wheel" (Blood, Sweat and Tears if I remember correctly) sounds like it could be alluding to a carousel.
NRBQ have a couple of applicable songs, including "Little Floater" (second verse makes a comparison to a roller coaster), "Poppin' Circumstance" has a line about "...me and the girls in a Tilt-A-Whirl". Both of those from their album, "Wild Weekend".
Of course, the Beach Boys weigh in with "Amusement Parks USA" (from "Summer Days (& Summer Nights)) which mentions a bunch of parks, of which the only one still operating is Disneyland.
The Red House Painters have a self-titled album with a doctored photo on the cover showing both the (now defunct) Coney Island Thunderbolt and a disused British mouse. Songs on the album include "Roller Coaster" and "Grace Cathedral Park" but I didn't care for either one.
John already mentioned the one recorded Moxy Fruvous track that mentions an amusement park and roller coaster.
For some unknown reason I have a note in my computer that says, "Bottle Rockets - Turn for the Worse - 24 hrs/day". Knowing that the Bottle Rockets have this roots rock thing going that I don't usually care much for, the only reason I can think of why I would have put that in there is if they mention a roller coaster.
Nobody has yet mentioned Freddy Cannon's "Palisades Park" or the special version he did apparently for KDKA, "Kennywood Park."
There is also a song, I have no idea who sings it, and I think I've only heard it once, but it talks about a Ferris wheel.
Of course there are others. Someone should compile a list and put it on a web page someplace...
I don't really think about the songs that mentions amusement parks, rides or coasters as the best song. Although I do like like that Red Hot Chili Pepper remake of that song. Last year when I would go to Hersheypark by myself I would take my discman with me and listen to CD's in line and on the rides. The one that struck me as being the most exciting song to ride a coaster to was "Bad Habit" off of the Offspring's Smash CD. I was on the front seat of the Lightning Racer and it seem to be the perfect tempo with the pace of the ride. Maybe you should try it sometime.
Cool, any CSoul song would be awesome to hear on a coaster. But my official coaster song would have to be either that cartoon-type song played in the Raging Bull line or "Superbeast" by Rob Zombie. I listened to it before I went to PKI (for obvious reasons) and it's been my amusement park song ever since -- I try to listen to it right before I enter any coaster park. Don't know, one of those weird things I do...
Ride Man - the Bottle Rockets' song "Turn for the Worse" quotes the rollercoaster part of Buddy Holly's "Every Day" ("Every day we're a getting closer, moving faster than a rollercoaster"), as quoted above. A fine song, I believe, but then I'm a fan of the band.