Low Rider

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"Low Rider"
War - Low Rider 33.jpg
Single by War
from the album Why Can't We Be Friends?
LabelUnited Artists
Music video
Low Rider on YouTube

"Low Rider" is a song written by American funk band War and producer Jerry Goldstein, which appeared on their album Why Can't We Be Friends?, released in 1975. It reached number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart,[3] peaked at number seven on the Hot 100 singles chart,[4] and number five in Canada.[5]

According to the AllMusic review of the song, "the lyric takes the cool, laidback image of the low rider — the Chicano culture practice of hydraulically hot-rodding classic cars — and using innuendo, extends the image to a lifestyle". The song features a driving bass line by B. B. Dickerson, which is present almost throughout, and an alto saxophone riff by Charles Miller. It also ends with a siren-like noise that then becomes a saxophone solo. Saxophonist Charles Miller also takes the lead vocal.[6]

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by many artists, including the following:[7]


In popular culture[edit]

The song has been featured in numerous films, including Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke, Colors, Blood In Blood Out, Friday, A Gnome Named Gnorm, A Knight's Tale, Robots, 21 Grams, Dazed and Confused, Paulie, Beverly Hills Ninja, the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, The Young Poisoner's Handbook, Love Potion No. 9, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Internship and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. It's also featured in the soundtrack for the 2004 video-game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, as part of the fictional radio station Master Sounds 98.3 as well being featured in the 2009 Skateboarding game Skate 2.

Low Rider is also featured in the 2006 game, Driver: Parallel Lines as well as being in MLB 08: The Show.

"Low Rider" is also known as a theme song for comedian George Lopez - as it is used for his sitcom George Lopez, his late-night talk show Lopez Tonight, and for his stand up comedy appearances. At the 2007 ALMA Awards, George Lopez called this song, "The Chicano National Anthem", and performed it live.

"Low Rider" is mentioned in That '70s Show in the episode "Sparks", when the lyrics are inscribed on Eric's wedding ring to Donna.

"Low Rider" is used in Misfits in Episode 6 of Season 1, Nathan's battle scene with the leader of the brainwashed teens.

"Low Rider" is featured in The Simpsons Season 18 episode "Little Big Girl".



Chart (1975) Peak
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 7


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "War | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Less Is More On Sade's New Album". News & Record. December 2, 2000. Retrieved December 2, 2020. ...The "Conspiracy" song in that tradition is "Original Prankster", which features a sample of War's Latin-rock standard "Low Rider" and an appearance by rapper Redman.
  3. ^ a b "War Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "War Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles - December 13, 1975" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Classic Tracks: Los Angeles Edition - Mixonline". www.mixonline.com. October 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Cover versions of Low Rider written by B.B. Dickerson,Charles Miller,Harold Brown,Howard E. Scott,Jerry Goldstein,Lee Oskar,Lonnie Jordan,Papa Dee Allen - SecondHandSongs". secondhandsongs.com. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Staying Power: Barry White" from Amazon.com
  9. ^ ""Low Rider - Barry White"". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  10. ^ "PopJazz overview". Allmusic.com.
  11. ^ "Warren Hill Creates New Record Label Called Pop Jazz". SmoothVibes.com.