Emotion in Motion (song)

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"Emotion in Motion"
Emotion in Motion Ric Ocasek.jpg
Single by Ric Ocasek
from the album This Side of Paradise
B-side "P.F.J."
Released 1986
Format 7-inch
Genre New wave, rock
Length 4:40
Label Geffen Records (28617)
Songwriter(s) Ric Ocasek
Producer(s) Ric Ocasek, Chris Hughes, Ross Cullum
Ric Ocasek singles chronology
"Connect Up to Me"
"Emotion in Motion"
"True to You"
"Connect Up to Me"
"Emotion in Motion"
"True to You"

"Emotion in Motion" is a song by Ric Ocasek, the main songwriter and lead vocalist for The Cars. It was featured on his second solo album, This Side of Paradise, and released as a single in late 1986. The tune topped the Album Rock Tracks chart and reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Ocasek's only top 40 hit as a solo artist.[1]


Ocasek was a founding member, lead singer and principal songwriter of the new wave rock band The Cars. Following the group's 1985 Greatest Hits release, its members split up to pursue solo projects. Lead guitarist Elliot Easton released a solo album in 1985, and both Ocasek and singer/bassist Benjamin Orr did the same in 1986.[2] Just as "Emotion in Motion" was Ocasek's only solo song to reach the Top 40, Orr's "Stay the Night" was the latter's only solo Top 40 hit.[1]

The band reunited to record 1987's Door to Door, which produced "You Are the Girl", the group's last Top 40 single.[1]


Chart (1986) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 8
New Zealand Singles Chart 35
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 15
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 8
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Tracks 1


Artist Kirk Johnston released a licensed remake of "Emotion In Motion on "Full Circle" 2014 EP produced by Mark Younger-Smith (Billy Idol, Charmed Life). The song is available worldwide for digital download on iTunes & Amazon Music and streaming on Spotify.


  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th Edition). Billboard Books. pp. 108–109. ISBN 0-8230-7499-4. 
  2. ^ "The Cars: Biography". allmusic. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – 1986". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 May 2017.