Drive (3:57)

Cover of Heartbeat City

From Heartbeat City and 267 other releases

“Drive” is a 1984 song by The Cars, the third single from the band’s Heartbeat City album and their biggest international hit. It was written by Ric Ocasek, and produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and The Cars. Lead vocals were by Cars’ bassist Benjamin Orr.

“Drive” was The Cars’ highest charting single in the United States, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. On the Adult Contemporary chart, the song went all the way to #1. It also got to #5 in the UK singles chart, becoming their second biggest UK hit. The song was also a big hit in what was West Germany, reaching #4, and in Canada, reaching #6.

It was famously used as part of the Live Aid concert in 1985, as the background music to a montage of clips showing poverty-stricken Africa and was then re-released in the UK, this time charting at #4. The music video for the song stars, besides Ocasek and Orr, Czech-born supermodel Paulina Porizkova, who later married Ocasek. The video was directed by actor Timothy Hutton.

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