The Cars (album) by The Cars

The Cars
The Cars by The Cars
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 304th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 635 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1978 (2nd)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (78th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (304th)

The Cars bestography

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

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Jul
26
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21:00
Cars Tribute by Moving In Stereo
The Canyon Montclair, Montclair, United States. United States
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Aug
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20:00
Touch & Go - The Ultimate Tribute to The Cars
Club LA, Destin, United States. United States
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Aug
22
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19:15
Star Spangled Summer:Kiss America & Touch and Go - Kiss & Cars Tribute
Oceanfront Bandshell, Daytona Beach, United States. United States
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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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2020 TheKameraEyeTop 40 Music Albums of 19782/405
2020 CA DreaminTop 50 Music Albums of the 1970s3/5019
2020 vruslovTop 82 Music Albums of 197836/823
2020 SparklesTop 46 Music Albums of the 1970s9/4617
2020 caseygowTop 100 Music Albums of 19785/1005
2020 LittleM1971Top 45 Music Albums of 197845/450
2020 JohnnyoClassic Rock - "The real " 100 greatest albums of the 70's74/99 -
2020 mlane5Top 50 Music Albums of the 1970s32/508
2020 babyBlueSedanTop 100 Music Albums of the 1970s58/1009
2020 FritzTop 100 Music Albums of the 1970s39/10012
2020 OlliTop 47 Music Albums of 197839/471
2020 panapsal100 Pop-Rock albums of 1970, never in my collection13/100 -
2020 Giant2015Top 100 Greatest Music Albums25/10074
2020 stevengnzTop 25 Music Albums of 19781/255
2020 CardboardfolderTop 32 Music Albums of 197822/322
2020 WayneMCPitchfork: The 100 Best Albums Of The 1970s62/100 -
2020 OzdalekTop 100 Greatest Music Albums57/10042
2020 WayneMCClassic Rock: The Real 100 Greatest Albums Of The 70s74/99 -
2020 soupliptonTop 100 Music Albums of the 1970s50/10010
2020 2nd-ImpressionsTop 8 Music Albums of 19782/84
Total Charts: The total number of charts that this album has appeared in. 546
Total Rank Score: The total rank score. 6,577

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81/100 (from 635 votes)
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07/03/2020 04:53 kjistok  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 58182/100
 
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06/22/2020 21:57 davarino  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 7671/100
 
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06/17/2020 15:28 sunnydhamm  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 90676/100

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 80.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 81.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.3.

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80/100
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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90/100
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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95/100
From 07/09/2019 15:39
100/100

Groundbreaking album, opens for half of the new music coming in the 80s, almost all songs are great, new wave explosion
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From 03/14/2019 04:43
When your first album sounds like it could be a Greatest Hits album, you know you did something right. "In Touch With Your World" is the oddball of the album, but still a good song. That and "All Mixed Up" are the requisite slow songs amongst a party synth rock album. The Cars set the bar high with their debut album and although they still had a lot of other good songs, were never able to match this near perfection.
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From 02/10/2019 17:11
There's a reason this is still a radio staple. Timeless, uncomplicated rock.
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From 07/09/2018 05:00
Soooo great!! This is basically a greatest hits album.
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80/100
From 02/14/2018 03:15
A good time!
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85/100
From 01/13/2018 04:28
An incredible debut album.
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Best Albums of 1978
1. Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen
2. The Cars by The Cars
3. This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
4. Parallel Lines by Blondie
5. Van Halen by Van Halen
6. Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine] by Kraftwerk
7. Some Girls by The Rolling Stones
8. The Kick Inside by Kate Bush
9. 3rd by Big Star
10. More Songs About Buildings And Food by Talking Heads
11. Music For 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
12. Hemispheres by Rush
13. Dire Straits by Dire Straits
14. Ambient 1: Music For Airports by Brian Eno
15. All Mod Cons by The Jam
16. The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
17. Chairs Missing by Wire
18. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! by Devo
19. Outlandos D'Amour by The Police
20. Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon
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