Counting Blue Cars

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"Counting Blue Cars"
Counting Blue Cars.jpg
Single by Dishwalla
from the album Pet Your Friends
Released February 27, 1996
Format CD single, cassette single
Recorded 1995
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:51
Label A&M
Writer(s) Dishwalla
Gregory Kolanek
Producer(s) Andy Kravitz
Dishwalla singles chronology
"Counting Blue Cars"
"Charlie Brown's Parents"

"Counting Blue Cars" is a song by American alternative rock band Dishwalla that appears on their 1995 album Pet Your Friends. It was written by the bands lead singer JR Richards whose slightly controversial lyric, "Tell me all your thoughts on God, I'd really like to meet her" helped with the song's popularity on radio. It is Dishwalla's only number 1 hit song, making it onto the Billboard Hot 100 in 1996 through A&M Records. Dishwalla also received two ASCAP awards (1997 & 1998) for most played song of the year on radio in the United States.

The song was featured in the films Empire Records and Eight Days a Week, as well as the TV shows How I Met Your Mother and Hindsight.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Counting Blue Cars" (4:51)
  2. "The Other Side of the World" (3:46)
  3. "Counting Blue Cars" (Acoustic) (5:39)
  4. "Until I Wake Up" (4:42)

Chart performance[edit]

"Counting Blue Cars" was highly popular on the radio, peaking at number four on pop airplay and number five on Hot AC airplay in 1996. It became a number-one Modern Rock Track for one week in June 1996 and a number two Mainstream Rock Track. It peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and showed longevity by remaining on the chart for nearly a year at 48 weeks. It was also featured in the 1999 film Eight Days a Week.

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[1] 5
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[2] 16
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[4] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[5] 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[6] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks[7] 5

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1996) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 28


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Preceded by
"Mother Mother" by Tracy Bonham
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
June 29, 1996 - July 5, 1996
Succeeded by
"Pepper" by Butthole Surfers