Guitars, Cadillacs

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"Guitars, Cadillacs"
Dwight Yoakam - Guitars, Cadillacs.jpg
Single by Dwight Yoakam
from the album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.
B-side "I'll Be Gone"
Released June 30, 1986
Format 7" single
Recorded 1986
Genre Country
Length 3:02
Label Reprise 728688
Writer(s) Dwight Yoakam
Producer(s) Pete Anderson
Dwight Yoakam singles chronology
"Honky Tonk Man"
(1986)
"Guitars, Cadillacs"
(1986)
"It Won't Hurt"
(1986)

"Guitars, Cadillacs" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Dwight Yoakam. It was released in June 1986 as the second single and partial title track from his debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.. It peaked at number 4 in the United States, and number 2 in Canada.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed and produced by Sherman Halsey, and features Dwight Yoakam at a concert.

Critical reception[edit]

Larry Flick, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that "walking bass, twangy guitar, fiddle, and Yoakam's voice make it a pure hillbilly delight."[1]

In June 2014, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Guitars, Cadillacs" #94 in their list of the 100 greatest country songs.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

The song plays during the bar scene in the 1991 science fiction action film Terminator 2: Judgment Day when the Terminator walks into a biker bar looking for clothes to wear; this scene is omitted from television airings. It was also featured in the film Dutch released the same year.

American rock group The Protomen covered the song for "William Shakespeare Presents: Terminator the Second", a parody of Terminator 2 consisting entirely of lines from Shakespearean works. The song is featured on the soundtrack of the play.

Chart performance[edit]

"Guitars, Cadillacs" debuted at number 54 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of July 12, 1986.

Chart (1986) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 4
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

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