Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car

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"Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"
Single by Billy Ocean
from the album Tear Down These Walls
Released January 1988
Recorded 1987
Genre Dance-pop[1]
Length 8:59 (extended version)
5:36 (original album version)
5:29 (instrumental version)
4:43 (single version)
Label Jive
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Billy Ocean singles chronology
"Love Is Forever"
"Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"
"Calypso Crazy"
Tear Down These Walls track listing
"Calypso Crazy"
"Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car"
"Soon As You're Ready"

"Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" is a single by Trinidadian-born British singer Billy Ocean, based on a line from Ringo Starr's song "You're Sixteen". Part of its popularity lay in its cutting-edge (for the time) video, which featured cartoon mixed with live-action sequences. The song went to number one on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Black Singles charts.[2] It also peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

The song was also featured in the soundtrack of the 1988 film License to Drive. The song was covered by Fenix TX for the soundtrack of NASCAR Thunder 2003. In 2013, Gwar covered the song in a video featured on The A.V. Club website as part of the site's A.V. Undercover series. Approximately three minutes into the performance, the band incorporates The Who's "Baba O'Riley" into the song. The song is mentioned in a 2014 commercial for Twix Bites.

Music video[edit]

The music video consists of Billy Ocean driving, sometimes involving scenes with different cartoon characters. It was featured in the movie License to Drive.

Track listing[edit]

  • 12" Single (BOS T 1)
  1. "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car (Extended Version)" - 8:59
  2. "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car (7" Version)" - 4:43
  3. "Showdown" - 4:58
  • 7" Single (BOS 1)
  1. "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" - 4:10
  2. "Showdown" - 4:58
  • CD Maxi-Single (BOS CD1)
  1. "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car (Extended Version)" - 8:59
  2. "When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going" - 4:02
  3. "Showdown" - 4:58

Official versions[edit]

  1. Album Version – 5:36
  2. Extended Version – 8:59
  3. Instrumental Version – 5:29
  4. Single Version – 4:43

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988-89) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 8
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 1
Canada (RPM) 1
France (SNEP)[5] 41
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 3
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[9] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[10] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 3
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 3
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 1
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 5
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 25


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Preceded by
"Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
9 April 1988 – 16 April 1988
Succeeded by
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" by Whitney Houston
Preceded by
"Ooo La La La" by Teena Marie
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
16 April 1988
Succeeded by
"Da Butt" by E.U.
Preceded by
"Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
9 April 1988 – 30 April 1988
Succeeded by
"Wishing Well" by Terence Trent D'Arby