Hello Again (The Cars song)

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"Hello Again"
Cover for Hello Again by The Cars.jpg
Single by The Cars
from the album Heartbeat City
B-side"Hello Again" (dub version)
ReleasedOctober 15, 1984 (1984-10-15)
Format7", 12"
GenreRock[1][2], new wave[3]
LabelElektra 69681
Songwriter(s)Ric Ocasek
Producer(s)Robert John "Mutt" Lange, The Cars
The Cars singles chronology
"Hello Again"
"Why Can't I Have You"

"Hello Again" is a song performed by the rock band The Cars, released in 1984 as the fourth single from the album Heartbeat City. It was the fourth Top 20 hit from the album, reaching number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; it also reached number 8 on the Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart and number 22 on the Mainstream Rock chart.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Andy Warhol, who also appeared in the video as a bartender. A then-unknown Gina Gershon also appeared in the video. Keyboardist Greg Hawkes said "I think [Warhol] mainly did some of the conceptualizing and showed up to be an extra. And he invited his various friends to be in it. It was like any video shoot, but with a more interesting cast of characters. And you could always look over on the set and go 'Hey that's Andy Warhol.'"[5]

The music video explored the controversial topics of sex and violence (mostly the former) that were being featured in music videos at the time.


"Hello Again" was described as "eccentric" by AllMusic critic Greg Prato, who also cited the track as a highlight from the Heartbeat City album.[6] Donald Guarisco, also of AllMusic, said, "One of their strongest tracks [on Heartbeat City with experimental roots] was 'Hello Again,' a stylish new wave rocker with plenty of experimental touches."[7] Guarisco also said it "is a song that represents the Cars striking a unique balance between their gift for pop hooks and their love of experimental sounds."[7]

In his review of the compilation album Greatest Hits, Greg Prato felt that "Hello Again" should have appeared, stating "why was the title track from Heartbeat City (an unsuccessful single) included instead of the 1984 Top 20 hit 'Hello Again'?"[8]

Track listing[edit]

7" single[edit]

  1. "Hello Again" – 3:45
  2. "Hello Again" (Dub version) – 6:02

12" single[edit]

  1. "Hello Again" (Remix Version) – 5:54
    "Hello Again" (Dub Version) – 6:02
  2. "Hello Again" (LP Version) – 3:47

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984–85) Position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 52
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 8
Canada (Billboard Canada)[11] 42
France (SNEP)[12] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 27
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 5
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 17
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 20
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[18] 8
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[19] 20
US Cash Box Top 100[20] 19


  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/heartbeat-city-mw0000649959
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/song/hello-again-mt0012009178
  3. ^ https://www.metroweekly.com/2014/08/classic-album-revisited-the-cars-heartbeat-city/
  4. ^ "The Cars: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  5. ^ Milano, Brett. Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology. Rhino.
  6. ^ Prato, Greg. "Heartbeat City". allmusic.com.
  7. ^ a b Guarisco, Donald. "Hello Again". allmusic.com.
  8. ^ Prato, Greg. "Greatest Hits". allmusic.com.
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Cars – Drive". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Cars – Drive" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  11. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 41, No. 5". RPM. October 6, 1984. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Cars – Drive" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  13. ^ "Musicline.de – Cars Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  14. ^ "Charts.nz – Cars – Drive". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Cars – Drive". VG-lista. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Cars – Drive". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  17. ^ "The Cars Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "The Cars Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "The Cars Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  20. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending December 22, 1984 at the Wayback Machine (archived 1 October 2012). Retrieved 1 January 2018. Cash Box magazine.

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