The Cars: “Drive”

ALBUM: Heartbeat City

YEAR: 1984

WRITER: Ric Ocasek

Their highest charting U.S. single, it peaked at number-three on the Billboard Hot 100.

The late Cars’ bassist Benjamin Orr sang “Drive,” which became the band’s highest charting U.S. hit in 1984 and was chosen as the theme of the Live Aid broadcast the following year. In a 1986 interview, he reflected on his role in the song and its use in that global event. “I was real fortunate to be able to perform that one. It just happened to be a natural thing that happened in pre-production when we started, long before the tracks that we did in England. I ended up doing the song and I’m glad I did. I think the song means a lot. I’m really thrilled that they used it for what they did at Live Aid, especially on the European side of it all. It had a nice video that went along and it seemed to fit the track really well.”

Cars bassist Ben Orr, who died of cancer 16 years ago, would have turned 69 years old today.


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