The Cars in Soundtracks

A Catalog of The Cars in Soundtracks

One of my little nerdy obsessions…

I’ve been collecting a playlist on Youtube of the appearances of The Cars’ music, name, or influence in our culture. I’ve included television shows, movies, commercials, and cameos by band members. I’ve also added clips where someone else is covering a Cars’ song. This blog page is for my list of clips I’ve gathered.

Some video clips cannot be uploaded due to copyright issues; I’ll make a note next to the entry and let you know if there is another way to view it.

This list will always be a work in progress so if you’re interested in this kind of thing, check back from time to time. I’m working off the IMDB listing as well as following leads people give me (feel free to comment below if you’ve got something for me).  I kind of go with what I can get my hands on, how much time I have, and what mood I’m in at the time.

Here’s what I have so far:

(Just a heads up; the Youtube playlist is not in the same order as the list below. One of these days I’ll put Youtube in chronological order, but today is not that day. Haha!)

  1. 1979 —  Over The Edge: “Just What I Needed” ~ “My Best Friend’s Girl”
  2. 1979 — Promises in the Dark: “My Best Friend’s Girl”
  3. 1979 — WKRP in Cincinnati, season 1, episode 22: “Just What I Needed” (may not be available in all countries due to copyright)
  4. 1980 — WKRP in Cincinnati, season 2, episode 15: the Candy-O album cover makes a cameo appearance
  5. 1980 — WKRP in Cincinnati, season 3, episode 1: “Gimme Some Slack.” Unfortunately I do not have a clip for this. As I understand it, when WKRP first started taping episodes the licensing agreements they had were limited in time. Once the licenses expired, the owners of the episodes chose to substitute similar but generic music rather than pay to renew, even though it meant sometimes re-dubbing dialogue. I can’t find a version of this episode that still has the original soundtrack.
  6. 1980 — Times Square: “Dangerous Type”
  7. 1982 — Last American Virgin: “Shake It Up” ~ “Since You’re Gone”
  8. 1982 — Fast Times at Ridgemont High: “Moving In Stereo”
  9. 1983 — The King of Comedy: “Steal The Night” (Ric solo)
  10. 1986 — Top Gun: “Stranger Eyes” (trailer)
  11. 1987 — Date With an Angel: “You Are the Girl”
  12. 1988 — Hairspray: Ric Ocasek bit part as ‘Beatnik cat’
  13. 1990 — Pretty Woman: “Real Wild Child” (Christopher Otcasek (Ric’s son))
  14. 1992 — Housesitter: David Robinson cameo as a caterer
  15. 1997 — The Saint: “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight” (Smashing Pumpkins cover)
  16. 1998 — The Wedding Singer: “It’s All I Can Do”
  17. 1999 — 200 Cigarettes: “Just What I Needed”
  18. 2000 — Freaks and Geeks, season 1, episode 12: “Good Times Roll”
  19. 2000 — Lucky Numbers: “Moving In Stereo”
  20. 2001 — Family Guy, season 3, episode 8: “Moving In Stereo”
  21. 2001 — Disney’s Golden Dreams: Elliot Easton cameo
  22. 2003 — Pauly Shore is Dead: “Good Times Roll” (may not be available in all countries due to copyright)
  23. 2003 — Wonderland: “Good Times Roll”
  24. 2004-2006 — Circuit City ad campaign: “Just What I Needed”
  25. 2005 — Just Like Heaven: “Good Times Roll”
  26. 2005 — Sky High: “Just What I Needed”
  27. 2006 — Click: “Magic” ~ “Feeling’s Got to Stay” (Ric solo) ~ “Everybody” (Ric solo)
  28. 2007 — Transformers: “Drive”
  29. 2009 — I Love You, Man: “Good Times Roll”
  30. 2011 — Hick: “My Best Friend’s Girl”
  31. 2011 — Super 8: “Bye Bye Love”
  32. 2011 — Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: “Free”
  33. 2012 — Girls Against Boys: “This Could Be Love”
  34. 2013 — The Carrie Diaries, season 1, episode 3: “Drive” (may not be available in all countries due to copyright)
  35. 2013 — The Regular Show, season 4, episode 16: “You Might Think”
  36. 2013 — The Office, season 9, finale: “You Might Think”
  37. 2014 — The Mindy Project, season 2, episode 17: “Just What I Needed” (may not be available in all countries due to copyright)
  38. 2014 — The Mindy Project, season 2, episode 22: “Drive” (may not be available in all countries due to copyright)
  39. 2015 — 7 Chinese Brothers: “Bye Bye Love” ~ “Since You’re Gone”
  40. 2017 — The Gifted, season 1, episode 2: “Shake It Up”
  41. 2017 — Love, season 2, episode 7: “Touch and Go” (may not be available in all countries due to copyright)
  42. 2018 — The Goldbergs, season 6, episode 9: “Just What I Needed”
  43. 2018 — Bumblebee: “Let’s Go”
  44. 2018 — Age of Summer: “Double Life”
  45. 2018 — American Crime Story, season 2, episode 4: “Drive” (Aimee Mann cover)
  46. 2019 — Capital One commercial: “Good Times Roll”
  47. 2019 — Stranger Things, season 3: “Moving In Stereo” (trailer)
  48. 2019 — Dead to Me, season 1, episode 5: “Drive” (cover by Brandon Scott (?))
  49. 2019 — Onward: “Magic” (trailer)
  50. 2019 — City On A Hill, season 1, episode 4: “Good Times Roll”