Shake It Up (The Cars album)

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Shake It Up
The Cars - Shake It Up.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 6, 1981
StudioSyncro Sound, Boston
GenreNew wave, dance-rock
ProducerRoy Thomas Baker
The Cars chronology
Shake It Up
Heartbeat City
Singles from Shake It Up
  1. "Shake It Up" / "Cruiser"
    Released: November 9, 1981
  2. "Since You're Gone"
    Released: 1982
  3. "Victim of Love"
    Released: 1982
  4. "Think It Over"
    Released: 1982 (UK only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau(B) [2]

Shake It Up is the fourth studio album by American rock band The Cars, released in 1981. It was the last album by the Cars to be produced by Roy Thomas Baker. A much more pop-oriented album than its predecessor, its title track became their first Billboard top ten hit.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ric Ocasek, except where noted.

Side one
1."Since You're Gone"Ric Ocasek3:30
2."Shake It Up"Ocasek3:32
3."I'm Not the One"Ocasek4:12
4."Victim of Love"Ocasek4:24
5."Cruiser"Benjamin Orr4:54
Side two
6."A Dream Away" Ocasek5:44
7."This Could Be Love"Greg Hawkes, OcasekOrr4:26
8."Think It Over" Orr4:56
9."Maybe Baby" Ocasek5:04
2018 reissue bonus tracks
10."Since You're Gone" (early version) Ocasek5:57
11."Shake It Up" (demo) Ocasek/Orr4:10
12."I'm Not the One" (1985 remix from Greatest Hits) Ocasek4:10
13."Cruiser" (early version) Ocasek5:00
14."Take It On the Run" (early version of "A Dream Away") Ocasek6:19
15."Coming Up You Again" (1981 version of "Coming Up You") Ocasek5:22
16."The Little Black Egg" (from Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology, 1995)Chuck ConlonOcasek2:54
17."Midnight Dancer" (demo, previously unreleased) Orr4:22



  • The Cars – arrangers
  • Roy Thomas Baker – producer
  • Ian Taylor – recording
  • George Marino – mastering



Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard Pop Albums 9
1982 Australian Albums Chart (Kent Music Report)[3] 20


Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Shake It Up" The Billboard Hot 100 4
1982 "Shake It Up" Billboard Club Play Singles 14
1982 "Shake It Up" Billboard Mainstream Rock 2
1982 "Cruiser" Billboard Mainstream Rock 37
1982 "Since You're Gone" Billboard Mainstream Rock 24
1982 "Since You're Gone" The Billboard Hot 100 41
1982 "Think It Over" Billboard Mainstream Rock 41
1982 "Victim of Love" Billboard Mainstream Rock 39


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA 2× Platinum December 17, 2001

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Shake It Up at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau rock critic
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.