Drive (The Cars)

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"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 with the band. Lead vocals were by Cars bassist Benjamin Orr.

"Drive" was The Cars highest charting single in the United States, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. On the Adult Contemporary chart, the song went to number one. It reached number five in the UK Singles Chart on its initial release; following the Cars' performance at Live Aid, the song was re-released and peaked at number four. It also reached number four in West Germany and number six in Canada. 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.

The music video was directed by actor Timothy Hutton and features model/actress Paulina Porizkova.

In 2001, The German rock band The Scorpions covered the song on their live unplugged album Acoustica.

A cover by Ziggy Marley was featured in the film 50 First Dates. The song also appears in the film Transformers.

The band Deftones covered this song on the album Saturday Night...


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