Shake It Up (The Cars album)

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For the 2001 compilation album, see Shake It Up & Other Hits.
Shake It Up
The Cars - Shake It Up.jpg
Studio album by The Cars
Released November 6, 1981
Recorded Syncro Sound, Boston 1981
Genre New wave, dance-rock
Length 40:42
Label Elektra
Producer Roy 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
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 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.

Song appearances[edit]

"Since You're Gone" appears on The Last American Virgin soundtrack album.

"I'm Not the One" was remixed upon its inclusion on their Greatest Hits album of 1985, with special attention paid to the electronic percussion and echo effects. The song also appears in the 1995 film Billy Madison.

Cover art[edit]

The cover model is Mary Ann Walsh.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ric Ocasek, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Vocals Length
1. "Since You're Gone"   Ocasek 3:30
2. "Shake It Up"   Ocasek 3:32
3. "I'm Not the One"   Ocasek 4:12
4. "Victim of Love"   Ocasek 4:24
5. "Cruiser"   Benjamin Orr 4:54
Side two
No. Title Vocals Length
6. "A Dream Away"   Ocasek 5:44
7. "This Could Be Love" (Greg Hawkes, Ocasek) Orr 4:26
8. "Think It Over"   Orr 4:56
9. "Maybe Baby"   Ocasek 5:04



  • Arranged by The Cars
  • Produced by Roy Thomas Baker
  • Recorded & Engineered by Ian Taylor
  • Mastered by George Marino



Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard Pop Albums 9


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 Double Platinum December 17, 2001

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