The Cars (studio album) by The Cars

The Cars by The Cars
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 291st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 691 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1978 (3rd)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (74th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (291st)

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The Cars is ranked as the best album by The Cars.

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The Cars track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 84 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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81/100 (from 691 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.9/100, a mean average of 80.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.9.

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90/100
From 04/26/2021 12:01
Listening to it now, it still sounds like the future of rock music. The Cars' debut blended new wave, synth-rock, hard rock, power pop and 50s rock n' roll/rockabilly into a tight, compact and extremely catchy package. It's amazing that the band managed to pack this level of quality into their debut album. Very fresh and unique sound for the time. Even when compared to 80s new wave/rock artists, I can't really think of any artists who sound like the Cars. And even after new wave died out in the late-80s, in the 90s and 2000s, you can definitely hear the influence of this album and the Cars in general on bands like Weezer, The Killers, Green Day, Teenage Fanclub, the Strokes, Fountains of Wayne, Jimmy Eat World, etc.

A must listen for any music listener.
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From 04/24/2021 19:53
Overplayed to death on local New England radio stations, but I can't deny that it was instrumental to the New Wave sound.
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From 04/17/2021 23:15
The first three tracks are classic rock radio staples and for good reason. Some of the best examples of radio friendly pop rock. There's some gold in the deep cuts too. It gets to the point where almost any of the songs had some single potential. This album could probably be considered a bit ahead of its time and The Cars aged very well when the 80s hit.
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85/100
From 04/02/2021 14:08
Ushered in the synth-rock/ new wave era with Blondie in the late 70s and we still benefit from it! Bands like The Killers, The Strokes (especially in their last few albums), and Pulp obviously draw some great inspiration from Ocasek and this album. Great stuff!
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From 02/07/2021 15:50
Pop rock super eficiente, sem afetação! Excelente.
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From 08/27/2020 15:43
A straight classic rock album. Love it.
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From 01/20/2020 14:12
Very good debut & their best album.
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From 11/08/2019 00:35
One of the great debuts in rock history.
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From 09/16/2019 14:52
An incredible debut album by a pioneering new wave American band! R.I.P. Ric Ocasek who passed away today. I'm so glad they were inducted into the RRHOF last year.
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From 07/23/2019 18:40
Favorite Tracks:My Best Friend's Girl, Bye Bye Love
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Best Albums of 1978
1. Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen
2. Parallel Lines by Blondie
3. The Cars by The Cars
4. This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
5. Van Halen by Van Halen
6. Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine] by Kraftwerk
7. Some Girls by The Rolling Stones
8. More Songs About Buildings And Food by Talking Heads
9. The Kick Inside by Kate Bush
10. Hemispheres by Rush
11. 3rd by Big Star
12. Music For 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
13. Dire Straits by Dire Straits
14. Ambient 1: Music For Airports by Brian Eno
15. Chairs Missing by Wire
16. The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
17. All Mod Cons by The Jam
18. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! by Devo
19. Outlandos D'Amour by The Police
20. Powerage by AC/DC
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