Drive" is a 1984 song by The Cars, the third single from the band's album released in March 1984 and their biggest international hit. It was written by Heartbeat City Ric Ocasek and produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange with the band. Lead vocals were sung by Cars bassist [1 ] Benjamin Orr. [2 ]
"Drive" was The Cars' highest charting single in the United States, peaking at number three on the
Billboard Hot 100 chart. On the Adult Contemporary chart, the song went to number one. It reached number five in the [3 ] UK Singles Chart on its initial release; following its use at the Live Aid concert in 1985 as the background music to a montage of clips depicting the contemporaneous Ethiopian famine, [4 ] the song was re-released and peaked at number four. It reached number four in West Germany and number six in Canada. [5 ]
In a retrospective review of the single,
Allmusic journalist Donald A. Guarisco praised the song for being "a gorgeous ballad that matches heartfelt songwriting to an alluring electronic soundscape. The music reflects the lyrical tone with a lovely melody that rises and falls in a soothing yet sad fashion." [6 ]
Music video [ edit ]
The music video was directed by actor
Timothy Hutton and features model/actress Paulina Porizkova, who would later become Ric Ocasek's wife.
Track listing [ edit ]
My Best Friend's Girl" "Stranger Eyes"
In popular culture [ edit ]
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Cover versions [ edit ]
The song was covered in 1984 by British TV Personality
Des O'Connor on his album Des O'Connor Now. The song was covered in 1990 by US jazz singer
Morgana King on her album I Just Can't Stop Loving You. The song was covered in 1996 by US singer
Jon Secada, song titled "too late too soon", on his album Secada. The song was covered in 1998 by Danish pop group
Los Umbrellos on their debut album Flamenco Funk. The song was covered in 2000 by the New Zealand group
Strawpeople featuring the vocalist Bic Runga. A cover by Australian band
The Paradise Motel appeared in the 2001 film . He Died with a Felafel in His Hand In 2001, the German rock band
Scorpions covered the song on their live unplugged album . Acoustica [10 ] Electronic producer
Blu Mar Ten produced a cover version of this for his 2003 album The Six Million Names of God. [11 ] A cover by
Ziggy Marley was featured in the 2004 film . 50 First Dates The song also appears in the film [12 ] . Transformers The band
Deftones covered this song on their 2006 album . Deftones' cover version appeared on the trailer of the 2009 remake of Saturday Night Wrist . The Stepfather Portuguese band
Blind Zero covered this song in 2006.
Julio Iglesias included a cover on the album Romantic Classics, released in 2006.
Ruth-Ann Boyle, part of the trip hop group Olive, covered the song in her solo album, What About Us that was released in 2007, exclusively in iTunes. The song was covered in 2008 by Hard Rock band
Lo-Pro. In 2010, Australian actor/singer
Jason Donovan recorded a cover version of "Drive" for his covers album Soundtrack of the 80s. The album went Top 20 in the UK in October 2010. [13 ] [14 ] In 2011, American rock singer/songwriter
David Cook performed a live cover of "Drive" at Mix 94.1's Pet-a-Palooza in Las Vegas, NV. [15 ]
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