Keep the Car Running

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"Keep the Car Running"
Keep the Car Running.jpg
Single by Arcade Fire
from the album Neon Bible
Released March 19, 2007 (UK)
May 8, 2007 (U.S.)
Format 7"
Length 3:28
Arcade Fire singles chronology
"Black Mirror"
"Keep the Car Running"
(2006, 2007)

"Keep the Car Running" is a song by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. It is the second single released from the band's second album, Neon Bible in the UK (while "Black Mirror" is the first in the US). This song was #22 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[1] In October 2011, NME placed it at number 61 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[2]

The single was released on 19 March 2007, on 7" vinyl with the B-side, "Broken Window", in the UK under Rough Trade Records. It peaked on the UK Singles Chart at number 56. The single was released in the US on 8 May 2007, under Merge Records. It is alternatively titled "Keep the Car Running/Broken Window". It peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The band performed the song during their 24 February 2007 appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Keep the Car Running" – 3:28
  2. "Broken Window" – 6:27


  • Win Butler – vocals, mandolin
  • Régine Chassagne – vocals, hurdy-gurdy
  • Richard Reed Parry – electric guitar, background vocals
  • Tim Kingsbury – bass guitar, background vocals
  • Will Butler – keyboards, background vocals
  • Jeremy Gara – drums
  • Sara Neufeld – violin, background vocals
  • Owen Pallett – violin
  • Marika Anthony Shaw – viola
  • Melanie Auclair – cello