Greatest Hits (The Cars album)

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Greatest Hits
The Cars - Greatest Hits.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedOctober 25, 1985
GenreNew wave, pop rock, power pop
ProducerThe Cars, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Roy Thomas Baker, Mike Shipley
The Cars chronology
Heartbeat City
Greatest Hits
Door to Door
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Tonight She Comes"
    Released: October 14, 1985
  2. "I'm Not the One"
    Released: January 13, 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauA−[3]

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by the new wave rock band the Cars. It was released in October 1985 on Elektra Records. "Tonight She Comes", a previously unreleased song, and a remix of "I'm Not the One" were issued as singles to support this greatest hits package. The album was a commercial success, going six-times platinum.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Ric Ocasek.

Side one
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Just What I Needed"The Cars, 19783:43
2."Since You're Gone"Shake It Up, 19813:31
3."You Might Think"Heartbeat City, 19843:04
4."Good Times Roll"The Cars3:44
5."Touch and Go"Panorama, 19804:54
6."Drive"Heartbeat City3:54
Side two
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
7."Tonight She Comes"Previously unreleased3:52
8."My Best Friend's Girl"The Cars3:44
9."Heartbeat City" (CD and Cassette release only)Heartbeat City4:29
10."Let's Go"Candy-O, 19793:33
11."I'm Not the One" (1985 Remixed version)Shake It Up3:58
12."Magic"Heartbeat City3:57
13."Shake It Up"Shake It Up3:32




Chart (1985) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[4] 3
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[5] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 27
US Billboard 200[7] 12


Release date Title US Hot 100
US Main. Rock
October 1985 "Tonight She Comes" 7 1
January 1986 "I'm Not the One" 32 29


Organization Level Date
ARIA Charts – AUS 4× Platinum[10] 1992
RIAA – USA 6× Platinum[11] December 17, 2001


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  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Cars". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ " – The Cars – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "The Cars Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "The Cars Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Cars Chart History: Mainstream Rock". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  11. ^ "RIAA searchable certification database: Cars Greatest". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 19, 2018.