THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
1979-Number 1 single.
Best Bit-At 2.22.In Britain 33.3million people hold a driving licence,but there are only 30,000 active pilots,one of which is Gary Numan.
Numan has stated the song’s lyrics were inspired by an incident of road rage.’I was in traffic in London and had a problem with some people in front.They tried to beat me up and get me out of the car.I locked the doors and eventually drove up on the pavement and got away from them.It explains how you can feel safe inside a car in the modern world,it’s like your own little personal empire with four wheels on it.’
The song gave Gary Numan(see also best songs 772) his only hit single in America reaching Number 9 on Billboard.In the UK it was his second Number 1 single after the success of ‘Are Friends Electric.’
‘Cars’ was back in the chart again in 1987 this time reaching Number 16 thanks to the ‘E Reg Model’ mix and once again in 1996 this time peaking at Number 17 due to it’s use in an advertisement for ‘Carling Premium’ beer.
‘Here in my car I feel safest of all,I can lock all my doors,it’s the only way to live in cars.’
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