The Cars (studio album) by The Cars

The Cars by The Cars
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 299th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 747 votes)
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From 09/06/2022 17:08
Great 80s pop
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From 06/30/2022 05:36
As many people have said before, this is essentially The Cars' greatest hits album. Much like Boston's debut, there were other great songs by this band, but no subsequent album could match what they did right out of the gate. Every single song is worth listening to, from the classic roar of the opener Good Times Roll, to the incredibly quirky I'm in Touch with Your World, to the epic closing duo of Moving in Stereo/All Mixed Up. Essentially a perfect new wave/classic rock album.
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From 06/07/2022 13:43
Great album, this band sounds for me like more melodic version of Talking Heads and I love it.
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From 05/18/2022 02:05
The band, musically is OK. The hooks are pretty good, the lyrics are repetitive and oftentimes bubble gum.

But song after song sticks with you. I can’t put my finger on it other than to suggest that some bands are really, really good at writing crisp songs.
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From 10/14/2021 15:09
spectacular debut with many strong happy memories attached and oh and great songs. Rock
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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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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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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
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16. All Mod Cons by The Jam
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18. Outlandos D'Amour by The Police
19. The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
20. Powerage by AC/DC
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