Shake It Up (The Cars album)

Shake It Up is the fourth studio album by American rock band the Cars, released in 1981. It was the last Cars record to be produced by Roy Thomas Baker. A much more pop-oriented album than its predecessor, its title track became their first Billboard top ten hit.

Shake It Up
The Cars - Shake It Up.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 6, 1981
StudioSyncro Sound Studios (Boston, MA).
GenreNew wave, dance-rock
ProducerRoy Thomas Baker
The Cars chronology
Shake It Up
Heartbeat City
Singles from Shake It Up
  1. "Shake It Up"
    Released: November 9, 1981
  2. "Since You're Gone"
    Released: 1982
  3. "Victim of Love"
    Released: 1982 (US)
  4. "Think It Over"
    Released: 1982 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Ric Ocasek, except where noted.

Side one
1."Since You're Gone"Ric Ocasek3:30
2."Shake It Up"Ocasek3:32
3."I'm Not the One"Ocasek4:12
4."Victim of Love"Ocasek4:24
5."Cruiser"Benjamin Orr4:54
Side two
6."A Dream Away" Ocasek5:44
7."This Could Be Love"Greg Hawkes, OcasekOrr4:26
8."Think It Over" Orr4:56
9."Maybe Baby" Ocasek5:04
2018 reissue bonus tracks
10."Since You're Gone" (early version) Ocasek5:57
11."Shake It Up" (demo) Ocasek/Orr4:10
12."I'm Not the One" (1985 remix from Greatest Hits) Ocasek4:10
13."Cruiser" (early version) Ocasek5:00
14."Take It On the Run" (early version of "A Dream Away") Ocasek6:19
15."Coming Up You Again" (1981 version of "Coming Up You") Ocasek5:22
16."The Little Black Egg" (from Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology, 1995)Chuck ConlonOcasek2:54
17."Midnight Dancer" (demo, previously unreleased) Orr4:22



  • The Cars – arrangements
  • Roy Thomas Baker – producer
  • Ian Taylor – recording
  • Thom Moore – assistant engineer
  • Walter Turbitt – assistant engineer
  • George Marino – mastering at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • David Robinson – cover design
  • Clint Clemens – photography
  • Elliot Roberts – management
  • Stan Berkowitz – management



Chart (1981–1982) Peak
Australian Albums Chart (Kent Music Report)[3] 20
US Billboard 200[4] 9


Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Shake It Up" Billboard Hot 100[5] 4
1982 "Shake It Up"/"Cruiser" Billboard Club Play Singles[6] 14
1982 "Shake It Up" Billboard Mainstream Rock[7] 2
1982 "Cruiser" Billboard Mainstream Rock[7] 37
1982 "Since You're Gone" Billboard Mainstream Rock[7] 24
1982 "Since You're Gone" Billboard Hot 100[5] 41
1982 "Think It Over" Billboard Mainstream Rock[7] 41
1982 "Victim of Love" Billboard Mainstream Rock[7] 39


Organization Level Date
United States (RIAA)[8] 2× Platinum December 17, 2001

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Shake It Up at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau rock critic
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "The Cars Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "The Cars Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Cars Chart History: Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e "The Cars Chart History: Mainstream Rock". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "American certifications – Cars – Shake It Up". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 19, 2019.