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Top 10 The Cars Songs

The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek passed away in New York City earlier this week at the age of 75. The cause of death was heart disease. Ocasek was the Cars' singer, guitarist, and songwriter, leaving a lasting influence as the voice of the New Wave movement.

The Cars debuted in 1978 with their self-titled album and went on to release 6 more studio albums. Although they broke up in 1988, just 10 years after their debut, they delivered many hits, including “Shake It Up,” “You Might Think,” and "Magic." They were later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Check out 10 of the biggest the Cars hits, according to the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart!

"Hello Again" (Heartbeat City, 1984)
Peaked: #22 on Dec. 1, 1984

"Breakaway" (Heartbeat City, 1984)
Peaked: #19 on March 2, 1985

"Why Can't I Have You" (Heartbeat City, 1984)
Peaked: #11 on March 2, 1985

"Strap Me In" (Door to Door, 1987)
Peaked: #4 on Oct. 24, 1987

"Drive" (Heartbeat City, 1984)
Peaked: #3 on Aug. 4, 1984

"You Are The Girl" (Door to Door, 1987)
Peaked: #2 on Sept. 5, 1987

"Shake It Up" (Shake It Up, 1981)
Peaked: #2 on Jan. 23, 1982

"Tonight She Comes" (Greatest Hits, 1985)
Peaked: #1 on Nov. 23, 1985

"You Might Think" (Heartbeat City, 1984)
Peaked: #1 on April 14, 1984

"Magic" (Heartbeat City, 1984)
Peaked: #1 on June 2, 1984

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Article image: Ric Ocasek of The Cars in 2009. (Adanne Osefo [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)

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