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New Wave rock group from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1976, they released their first single and LP two years later. Initially a guitar-driven rock act with some progressive keyboard accompaniment, after their first album they rapidly moved toward a heavily synth-based, pop-rock sound, then disbanded in 1988. Line-up: Ric Ocasek (vocals, guitar), Benjamin Orr (real name: Benjamin Orzechowski - vocals, bass), Elliot Easton (guitar), Greg Hawkes (keyboards, sax) and David Robinson (drums).

Blondie may have had a string of number one hits and Talking Heads may have won the hearts of the critics, but The Cars were the most successful American New Wave band to emerge in the late 1970's. With their sleek, mechanical pop/rock, the band racked up a string of platinum albums and Top 40 singles that made them one of the most popular American Rock N Roll bands of the late 1970's and early 1980's.

In 2006, Greg Hawkes and Elliot Easton, together with Todd Rundgren and Kasim Sulton (both of Utopia) and Prairie Prince (formerly of The Tubes) formed The New Cars and played mainly original Cars material live.

In 2011 The Cars (without Benjamin Orr who had passed away in 2000) released a new album and went on tour again with Greg Hawkes taking over on bass and Ric Ocasek as sole lead singer.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
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783-10 The Cars - American Top 40 (Week Ending September 2, 1978) album art Various With Casey Kasem Just What I Needed Various With Casey Kasem - American Top 40 (Week Ending September 2, 1978)(3xLP, Transcription) ABC Watermark 783-10 US 1978 Sell This Version
783-11 The Cars - American Top 40 album art Various with Casey Kasem Just What I Needed Various with Casey Kasem - American Top 40(3xLP, Transcription + Box) American Top 40 783-11 US 1978 Sell This Version
Promo 3-79 The Cars - 12 Terrific Tunes: 2nd Edition album art Various Good Times Roll Various - 12 Terrific Tunes: 2nd Edition(LP, Album, Promo) Elektra, Asylum Records Promo 3-79 US 1979 Sell This Version
SAM-1 The Cars - WEA Sampler Volume 1 album art Various You Wear Those Eyes Various - WEA Sampler Volume 1(LP, Promo, Smplr) WEA SAM-1 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
none The Cars - The Rock Years: Portrait Of An Era - HOUR 41 album art Various My Best Friend's Girl and 2 more… Various - The Rock Years: Portrait Of An Era - HOUR 41(LP, Transcription) Westwood One none US 1981 Sell This Version
The Cars - The original Radioactive album art Various Shake It Up Various - The original Radioactive (Album, Comp) WEA Venezuela 1982 Sell This Version
NMS-01-30-82 The Cars - Dick Clark National Music Survey album art Various Shake It Up Various - Dick Clark National Music Survey(3xLP, Transcription + Box) Mutual Broadcasting System NMS-01-30-82 US 1982 Sell This Version
none The Cars - Rock USA (Week Of October 8, 1983) album art Various Good Times Roll Various - Rock USA (Week Of October 8, 1983)(3xLP, Transcription, Rad) Mutual Broadcasting System none US 1983 Sell This Version
none The Cars - Rock USA (Week Of May 14, 1983) album art Various Shake It Up Various - Rock USA (Week Of May 14, 1983)(3xLP, Transcription + Box) Mutual Broadcasting System none US 1983 Sell This Version
RA-83-25 The Cars - Rarities - The Rock And Roll Vault  album art Various That´s It Various - Rarities - The Rock And Roll Vault (LP, Transcription) Clayton Webster Corporation RA-83-25 US 1983 Sell This Version
none The Cars - Rock USA (Week Of April 30, 1983) album art Various Dangerous Type Various - Rock USA (Week Of April 30, 1983)(3xLP, Transcription, Rad) Mutual Broadcasting System none US 1983 Sell This Version
SAM 193 The Cars - WEA Compilation Album album art Various Why Can't I Have You Various - WEA Compilation Album(LP, Album) WEA SAM 193 UK 1984 Sell This Version
none The Cars - Rolling Stone's The Continuous History Of Rock & Roll: Vol III #169 "The Rock Of '84" album art Various Show Open & Segment I Various - Rolling Stone's The Continuous History Of Rock & Roll: Vol III #169 "The Rock Of '84"(2xLP, Transcription) ABC Rock Radio Network none US 1984 Sell This Version
PROMO 199 The Cars - Discoestate album art Various Drive Various - Discoestate(LP, Promo) WEA PROMO 199 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
none The Cars - The King Biscuit Flower Hour - The 500th Biscuit Celebration - Part I album art Various Just What I Needed Various - The King Biscuit Flower Hour - The 500th Biscuit Celebration - Part I(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) ABC Rock Radio Network, DIR Broadcasting none US 1984 Sell This Version
851-8 The Cars - Rick Dees' Weekly Top 40 (Weekend Of February 23-24, 1985) album art Various Why Can't I Have You Various - Rick Dees' Weekly Top 40 (Weekend Of February 23-24, 1985)(4xLP, Transcription) The United Stations 851-8 US 1985 Sell This Version
F.F.F. 000 The Cars - Live Aid A Short Shame Story (We're Askin' For Food…. ….You Gave Us Rock 'N' Roll) album art Various Just What I Needed and 3 more… Various - Live Aid A Short Shame Story (We're Askin' For Food…. ….You Gave Us Rock 'N' Roll)(11xLP, Album, Mono, Unofficial, Box + 7", Single, ) Fast Foud Foundation F.F.F. 000 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
861-3 The Cars - American Top 40 With Casey Kasem (Program No. 861-3) album art Casey Kasem Tonight She Comes Casey Kasem - American Top 40 With Casey Kasem (Program No. 861-3)(4xLP, Transcription) ABC Watermark 861-3 US 1986 Sell This Version
The Cars - Keep On Boppin' album art Various Shake It Up Various - Keep On Boppin' (Comp) Concept Records (6) Australia 1987 Sell This Version
MT87-40 The Cars - National Music Survey: Show MT87-40 album art Various #19. and 1 more… Various - National Music Survey: Show MT87-40(3xLP, Transcription) Westwood One Radio Network MT87-40 US 1987 Sell This Version
none The Cars - Hard Attack CD Sampler Series #2, Fall '87 album art Various Strap Me In Various - Hard Attack CD Sampler Series #2, Fall '87(CD, Promo, Smplr) Hard Attack (2) none US 1987 Sell This Version
WEA 3218 The Cars - Private Club album art Various You Are The Girl Various - Private Club(LP, Album) WEA WEA 3218 Venezuela 1988 Sell This Version
9 60940-2, PRCD 8208-2 The Cars - Rubáiyát (Elektra's 40th Anniversary) album art Various Let's Go Various - Rubáiyát (Elektra's 40th Anniversary)(4xCD, Comp, Promo + Box) Elektra, Elektra 9 60940-2, PRCD 8208-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
The Cars - Flashback Rock Classics Of The 70's album art Various Let's Go Various - Flashback Rock Classics Of The 70's (Comp, Album) Realm Records Canada 1991 Sell This Version
1CD 8075 The Cars - Flashback! Rock Classics Of The '70s album art Various Let's Go Various - Flashback! Rock Classics Of The '70s(CD, Album) Realm Records 1CD 8075 US 1991 Sell This Version