The Cars Acoustic Guitar Covers

The Cars Acoustic Guitar Covers

Here on The Cars acoustic guitar covers page is a collection of demo covers, free chord sheets, rhythm tips and if required, full lesson tutorials available for purchase.

Ive also included The Cars album covers so you can see the source for each song.

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Drive | Good Times Roll
Just What I Needed | Let's Go
Magic | My Best Friends Girl
You Might Think

The Cars Acoustic Guitar Covers
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1. Drive

This song hails from the album "Heartbeat City" from 1984. This song became the groups highest charting single peaking at #3 in the US, #4 In Germany and #6 in Canada. The song re-entered the UK charts after the Live Aid event of 1985.

There was a video to accompany the single and featured Ric Ocasek's wife. 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: a steady shuffle will work here
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, Em/G, Am, D7, G6, F 
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2. Good Times Roll

This song hails from the bands debut album in 1978 called "The Cars".

The song peaked in the US at #41, but over time the song has become a standard rock classic and has appeared on many compilation albums.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down up down down down and downstrokes
  • Picking: No just a few riffs
  • Chords: A, G, F, D
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3. Just What I Needed

This song also hails from the bands debut album from 1978 entitled "The Cars". This was the very first single released by The Cars and peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Two demo recordings

were first aired on a Boston Radio station in 1977 including this one the "My Best friends Girl". Needless to say, the phones started ringing. Several others have covered the song including The Strokes, The Killers and

Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: downstrokes
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, A, Bm, Gb, G
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4. Lets Go

In 1979 The Cars released their "Candy-O" album with this song as the lead off single. The song peaked at #14 in the US and charted in several other countries including a #5 in Canada and a #6 in Australia.

The hand clap and shouting came from a 1962 song called Let's Go (Pony) by a group called The Routers.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: downstrokes
  • Picking: No just some riffs
  • Chords: A, D, G, E
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5. Magic

This one hails from the 1984 "Heartbeat City" album and peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #1 on the Top Tracks Chart.

The music video was shot at The Hilton Family Home in Beverly Hills which was leased out to the band by Kathy Hilton (mother of Paris).

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up down down and repeat --- and use a down up down up pre-chorus
  • Picking: no just a few riffs
  • Chords: A, D, E, Gbm7, Dsus2, Esus
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6. My Best Friends Girl

Another great song from their debut album "The Cars" from 1978, this one reached #3 in the UK and scored a #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also appeared in the 1979 film Over The Edge.

People have noted that Fountains Of Wayne song "Stacy's Mom" has a very similar vibe.

  • Drop D Tuning: No 
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: mainly downstrokes- and some quick up and down shuffles
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E, A, B
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7. You Might Think

This was the first single from the 1984 album "Heartbeat City" and the song peaked at #7 in the US and was featured in the 2016 TV series Braindead. The music video for this song was the first to use computer graphics and won the first MTV Video Of The Year Award. The video cost 3 times the avg video of the day at a cost of $80,000.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: downstrokes mainly with a bit of arpeggio in a few spots
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, G, A, Bm
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