Let's Go (The Cars song)

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"Let's Go (The Cars)"
Picture sleeve (France)
Single by The Cars
from the album Candy-O
B-side "That's It"
Released June 12, 1979 (1979-06-12)
Format 7"
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 3:32
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Ric Ocasek
Producer(s) Roy Thomas Baker
The Cars singles chronology
"Good Times Roll"
"Let's Go"
"It's All I Can Do"
Music sample

"Let's Go" was the first single from The Cars' second studio album Candy-O. It was released in 1979 on Elektra Records.


The song was written by Ric Ocasek and features lead vocals by Cars bassist Benjamin Orr.

Its signature hook is a series of claps followed by a shouted "Let's go!", which is derived from the 1962 instrumental of the same name by The Routers, as well as a simple synth melody played by Greg Hawkes, using the Sync II lead preset (or a slight variation of it) from a Prophet-5 synthesizer.

The song tells the story of a 17-year old girl and her budding interest in "the nightlife".

In 1980, Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their comeback album Chipmunk Punk. They would re-record their cover for their 1994 compilation album Here's Looking at Me!.

In 1990, Isley Brother Ernie Isley also covered the song for the compilation album Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary.


The song's B-side is a non album B-side titled "That's It" that features Benjamin Orr on lead vocals.


The single peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the U.S.,[1] but the song was an even bigger success elsewhere. In Canada, the track reached #5, and remains the Cars' highest ever charting single in that country. Similarly, "Let's Go" peaked at #6 in Australia, where it remains The Cars' highest charted hit.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 108. 


  • Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. 
  • Synthmania.com - Prophet-5 Classic polyphonic ana

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