Low Rider

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This article is about a song by the band War. For the vehicle, see lowrider.
"Low Rider"
Single by War
from the album Why Can't We Be Friends?
B-side "So"
Released 1975
Format 7"
Recorded 1974
Genre Funk, jazz fusion, Latin Rock
Length 3:08
Label ABC, United Artists
Writer(s) Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott
War singles chronology
"Why Can't We Be Friends?"
"Low Rider"

"Low Rider" is a song written by Charles Miller and the band War and appearing on their 1975 album Why Can't We Be Friends?. It reached number one on the Billboard R&B charts and peaked at number seven on the Pop Singles chart.[1]

According to the Allmusic review of the song, "the lyric takes the cool image of the lowrider — the Chicano culture practice of hydraulically hot-rodding classic cars — and using innuendo, extends the image to a lifestyle." Charles Miller was most responsible for the creating of the #1 hit, on which he also sang the lead part.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song consists of various pimpmobiles on a typical suburban-style street, showing two men each driving a pimpmobile. At one point, an animated version of the face of the album Why Can't We Be Friends? is lip-synching, "Low Rider knows every street, yeah" with its gold tooth shining, as well as a man wearing a mask of the album's face. There are also scenes consisting of a driver showing off the album holding it out the window or on the windshield.

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by the following artists:


In popular culture[edit]

The song has been featured in fourteen movies, including Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke, Colors, A Gnome Named Gnorm, Robots, 21 Grams, Dazed and Confused, Paulie, Beverly Hills Ninja, A Knight's Tale, the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, The Young Poisoner's Handbook, Friday, The Odd Life of Timothy Green and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

"Low Rider" is the theme song for George Lopez, Lopez Tonight, and for its titular star's stand up comedy appearances. At the 2007 ALMA Awards, George Lopez called this song, "The Chicano National Anthem".

"Low Rider" is featured in the video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (playing on Master Sounds 98.3), Skate 2, Skate It, Driver: Parallel Lines, MLB 08: The Show, and Rock Band 3.

"Low Rider" is featured briefly in a cutaway in the Family Guy spoof of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi called It's A Trap when Peter Griffin as Han Solo pulls up at some traffic lights driving the Millennium Falcon.

"Low Rider" is featured in The Simpsons episode "A Midsummer's Nice Dream" when Homer goes on tour with Cheech.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 608. 
  2. ^ "Staying Power: Barry White" from Amazon.com
  3. ^ "Low Rider - Barry White" from Yahoo! Music
  4. ^ "PopJazz overview". Allmusic.com. 
  5. ^ "Warren Hill Creates New Record Label Called Pop Jazz". SmoothVibes.com. 
Preceded by
"Sweet Sticky Thing" by The Ohio Players
Billboard's Hot Soul singles number one single (War version)
November 8, 1975
Succeeded by
"Fly, Robin, Fly" by Silver Convention