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The Cars were an anomaly in the ’70s, when they first came out of Boston: a synth-driven New Wave group that was fully embraced by traditional rock radio. It helped that their songs were based on familiar pop hooks often powered by rock ‘n’ roll muscle. Singers Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr injected the songs with both robotic coldness and human warmth. As MTV reached its cultural impact in the mid-’80s, the Cars became even bigger, scoring four Top 10 hits before they disbanded in 1988. (Some of the members reunited with Todd Rundgren as the New Cars 17 years later.) Orr died of cancer in 2000 at the age of 53.

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Meat Loaf, ‘You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth’ vs. The Cars, ‘Magic’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

The second round of our Greatest Summer Song battle matches Meat Loaf against the Cars.

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The Cars, ‘Magic’ vs. the Rolling Stones, ‘Summer Romance’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

The Cars' 'Magic' faces the Rolling Stones' 'Summer Romance' in Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song battle.

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36 Years Ago: The Cars Release ‘Candy-O’

The Cars released 'Candy-O' in June 1979.

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Elektra

31 Years Ago: The Cars Smooth Out the Edges with ‘Heartbeat City’

They started the '80s on a relative low note, with the critical and commercial comedown of 1980's poorly received 'Panorama' album, but the Cars bounced back with 'Shake It Up' the following year -- and then they really hit their stride with 'Heartbeat City.'

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Chris Walter, Getty Images
Chris Walter, Getty Images

38 Years Ago: The Cars Play Their First Show

The Cars played their first show on New Year's Eve 1976.

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Comedy Central

Star-Packed ‘Colbert Report’ Finale Includes Randy Newman, Peter Frampton, Ric Ocasek and Many More

'The Colbert Report' will be missed, but it went out on a high note..

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Legacy / John Minihan, Hulton Archive / Chris Walter, Getty Images

Five Bands That Deserve to Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Accompanying this morning's announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2015 induction class was the usual head shaking and open-mouthed disbelief that some of classic rock's oldest and most worthy bands were passed up once again.

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Sixx:A.M. Discuss Their Cover of the Cars’ ‘Drive’

The slow roll-out of songs from Sixx:A.M.'s upcoming 'Modern Vintage' LP continues with a sneak preview of the album track 'Drive.'

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Foreigner vs. the Cars – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Finals

Foreigner takes on the Cars in the final round of the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame for July.

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Motorhead vs. the Cars – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Semifinals

The metal giants take on the New Wave hitmakers in the semifinals of the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

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