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The Cars - Greatest Hits

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From their star-making self-titled debut (1978) through the 1985 #7 hit Tonight She Comes that came out on this anthology, here are 13 new-wave masterpieces by The Cars! Also here: Just What I Needed; My Best Friend's Girl; Good Times Roll; Let's Go; Shake It Up; Since You're Gone; Drive; Magic; I'm Not the One, and more.

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The Cars' blend of New Wave experimentation and trad-rock values made for nearly ubiquitous radio presence in the late '70s and early '80s. Often jumpily ambivalent and marvelously pop-wise in the same moment, Ric Ocasek captured the zeitgeist for people to whom even Talking Heads didn't matter much. Kicking off with one of the all-time great singles, "Just What I Needed," then winding its way through seven more years of singles including the then-brand new "Tonight She Comes," Greatest Hits is one, um, well-oiled pleasure machine. --Rickey Wright


1. Just What I Needed
2. Since You're Gone
3. You Might Think
4. Good Times Roll
5. Touch And Go
6. Drive
7. Tonight She Comes
8. My Best Friend's Girl
9. Heartbeat City
10. Let's Go
11. I'm Not The One
12. Magic
13. Shake It Up

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H3G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Greg Brady on May 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Cars had kind of two personalities over their career: the pop hits like "Drive" and "Shake it Up" and the album tracks that classic rock radio still plays like "Moving in Stereo" and "You're All I've Got Tonight". This album is great if you ONLY want the pop material...all the Top 40 hits are here...but if you like any of their best album material at all, you'll be much better off with the CD "Complete Greatest Hits" (ASIN B00005Y1XY) which sacrifices only lesser track "Heartbeat City" from this one and then adds on several great tracks you don't get here:
"Bye Bye Love", "You're all I've Got Tonight" and "Moving in Stereo" from the debut, CANDY-O's "Dangerous Type" and "It's All I Can Do",HEARTBEAT CITY's "Hello Again" (and "Why Can't I Have You?" if you happen to like that one..I consider it a lesser effort), and even a track from the farewell album DOOR TO DOOR ("You are the Girl").

If such things matter to you, they also come in chronological order (though those prone to whining about it could always program their CD player or burn a copy for the car in the "correct" order).

BOTTOM LINE:
If you like the Cars, this one doesn't serve them as well for a single disc compilation as "Complete Greatest Hits" does. Get that one instead.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on April 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"The Cars-Greatest Hits" is the perfect example of catchy hooks and pop rock prowess. The songs herein are simply pop rock hit after pop rock hit. "Just What I Needed," "You Might Think," "Magic," "Let's Go," and "Shake It Up" can all be found here. The rest of the playlist is fun to listen to and even more fun to recall good times with old friends.
This is the type of album that can be played at a party and no one will complain. The Cars knew how to make pop hits, that's all I can really say. There songs are fun, catchy and you'll find it hard to say anything bad about them.
My favorite song on this album, however, is probably the most serious one out of the bunch: "Drive." But that's what is so amazing about these guys. They cranked out a ton of hits and still managed to throw in a successful ballad. Fortunately for them, they haven't been thrown into that bottomless pit with bands like REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Boston as commercial sellouts. For some reason, the yahoos at the music magazines get off on trashing these bands, but the Cars have remained out of their crosshairs so far(maybe because Ric Ocasek's wife is so hot).
Throw this one on for a good time. It's highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on January 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As a band, The Cars released one outstanding album (their AMAZING self-titled debut) and a number of other excellent and catchy singles. If this album has a weakness, its that it draws only two songs ("Just What I Needed" and "My Best Friend's Girl") from the debut record. Nevertheless, there are plenty of Cars classics on this album, including four from "Heartbeat City," ("Magic," "Drive," "You Might Think" and the title track) their most popular album. The Cars are one of those rare bands able to put out a greatest hits collection in which nearly every song WAS in fact a hit. This collection is a solid representation of their career.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on July 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Cars were a group destined to be quickly forgotten in terms of who they were, for they lived professional lives that were marginal in the sense that they recorded and toured, but were hardly interested in the hard rock life style. Instead, it is the body of music that they left behind that will be remembered, for they were incredibly successful at turning out song after song, with each dancing its way all the way into the top ten hit list. From "Just What I Needed' to "Since You're Gone", from "You Might Think", from "Good Times Roll" to "Touch And Go", this is a collection of songs that make you want to hear more. And there is plenty more here for your listening enjoyment, from "Drive" to "Tonight She Comes", from "My Best Friend's Girl" to "Heartbeat City", from "let's Go" to "I'm Not The One". My personal favorites here are "Magic", and of course, the terrific "Shake It Up", but all of these songs are great. Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've had this collection for years. It offers many great songs "Just What I Needed," "My Best Friend's Girl," "Good Times Roll," "Let's Go," "Touch and Go," "Shake It Up," "You Might Think," "Drive," "Magic," and a new song in 1985 "Tonight She Comes." However, you can do better by purchasing Cars - Complete Greatest Hits, which contains 7 more classic songs not featured in this collection (You're All I've Got Tonight, Bye Bye Love, Moving in Stereo, Dangerous Type, Hello Again, Why Can't I Have You, and You are the Girl). I would definitely recommend that you purchase The Cars-- Complete Greatest Hits instead of this collection. Besides being more comprehensive, it is less expensive as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marc Dalesandro on March 16, 2005
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These guys sound like they came straight out of Liverpool or Manchester. The fact that Ric Ocasek and the boys were really from the United States escaped me for quite some time. As a youngster growing up surrounded by the New Wave sound in the early 80s, the Cars fit right in.

Their catchy hooks, songwriting skill, and overall musical talent were second to none, and this greatest hits compilation is packed with pop gems: "You Might Think" (their biggest hit ever), "Drive", "Good Times Roll", and "Magic" are all present. "Shake it Up" (my fave) and "Tonight She Comes" will have your toes tapping, and there isn't a bad track on the CD.

This is one compilation that will definitely stay in your player for awhile. Worth every penny!
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