Sad Song (The Cars song)

"Sad Song" is the lead single by the American rock band the Cars from their 2011 studio album Move Like This, and the final single put out in their lifetime (discounting reissues). A brief clip of the track was released in December 2010;[1] the full song was released to radio on March 1, 2011.

"Sad Song"
The Cars - Sad Song - single cover.jpg
Single by the Cars
from the album Move Like This
ReleasedMarch 1, 2011
GenreRock, new wave
LabelConcord Music Group
Songwriter(s)Ric Ocasek
Producer(s)Jacknife Lee
The Cars singles chronology
"Coming Up You"
"Sad Song"
Audio sample
"Sad Song"


Exclaim! magazine comments on the song saying "[d]espite the title and lyrics, it doesn't sound particularly sad, as it contains a cheery beat and a catchy mix of synths and guitars".[2] Critics have noted the similarity of "Sad Song" to the band's earlier singles, such as 1978's "My Best Friend's Girl" and 1979's "Let's Go".[3][4]

"Sad Song" peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.[5]


Chart (2011) Peak
Canada Rock (Billboard)[6] 49
US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 33


  1. ^ "The Cars Ready To Move In May". FMQB. February 4, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
  2. ^ Hudson, Alex (February 4, 2011). "The Cars' New LP Gets Release Date". Exclaim!. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Hyden, Steven (May 10, 2011). "The Cars: Move Like This Music Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 3, 2011.
  4. ^ Wood, Mikael. "The Cars 'Move Like This': Buckle up, it's a bumpy cruise down '80s Avenue". Spin. Retrieved June 3, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "The Cars Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Cars Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved February 13, 2021.

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