Record Label: 8th Records
During the New Wave movement of the 1980s there were few bands as big as The Cars. Over the course of their career, the Boston-based quintet, whose sound melded power pop with elements of synth-pop, garage, bubblegum, proto-punk, and various other genres, accrued over 25 Billboard-charting singles, and as of 2001 had sold over 23 million records. The Cars' success reached a point where not long after the 1978 release of their self-titled debut, the band would often joke their album should have been called "The Cars' Greatest Hits", as all 11 tracks on the album would eventually land on the Billboard charts.
In spite of that, The Cars would release a proper Greatest Hits album in 1985. (Two years before their final studio release.) The record, appropriately titled Greatest Hits, covered 13 tracks across 5 albums, and still only managed to cover half of the band's major singles up to that point. Regardless, the pedigree of New Wave classics on Greatest Hits is undeniable, prominently featuring an array of mainstays of both classic rock and the 1980s in general. Among them are Billboard powerhouses like "Just What I Needed", "Drive", "Shake It Up", and the track "Tonight She Comes", a new track written specifically for the compilation, which still managed to hit the highs of the Billboard Hot 100.