Gary Numan’s Synth Classic “Cars” goes No.1 in 1979

The song is regarded as a new wave staple in music history

Gary Numan’s Synth Classic “Cars” goes No.1 in 1979

The iconic Synth Rock song “Cars” by New Wave artist Gary Numan was released as a single from the album “The Pleasure Principle”. It reached the top of the charts in several countries, and today is considered a new wave staple. In the UK charts, it reached number 1 on September 22nd, 1979, it was his second and final U.K No.1 single. In 1980 hit number 1 in Canada two and rose to number 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Though Numan had a string of hits in the U.K, “Cars” was his only song in the US Hot 100. It debuted on the American Top 40 in March 1980 where it spent a total of 17 weeks The track has been a U.K Top 20 hit for Numan in 3 successive decades: on its original release in 1979, in 1987 as the ‘E Reg Model’ remix (making number 16), and again in 1996.

Look back at the iconic 1979 music video for “Cars” by Gary Numan

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