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''The Cars'' is the debut album by the American Rock based band The Cars, released in 1978. With the popular tracks "Just What I Needed" and "My Best Friend's Girl" getting heavy airplay on album-oriented rock radio stations, the album sold one million copies by the end of the year and steadily climbed the charts, peaking at #18 on the Billboard 200 in March 1979. The album was ranked #4 on Billboard's Top Pop Albums of 1979 year end chart. ''The Cars'' remained on the album chart for 139 weeks with four more tracks — "Good Times Roll", "You're All I've Got Tonight", "Bye Bye Love" and "Moving in Stereo" — becoming AOR radio favorites.

The album was re-issued as a Deluxe Edition on April 20, 1999, containing demos of the entire album alongside five previously unreleased demos.

Rolling stone's magazine ranked the album 279 in 500 best albums of all time.

The cover model is Natalya Medvedeva, a Russian-born model, journalist, and musician who died in 2003.

"Moving in Stereo" was used as the theme for Phoebe Cates' famous pool scene in ''Fast Times at Ridgemont High''. "You're All I've Got Tonight" was covered by The Smashing Pumpkins and released on their 1996 box set The Aeroplane Flies High.

''The Cars'', in its entirety, was released as downloadable content for the music video game ''Rock Band'' on May 27, 2008. - Wikipedia