The Cars – My Best Friend’s Girl – Live 1978

Lyrics:

You’re always dancing down the street
With your suede blue eyes
Every new boy that you meet
He doesn’t know the real surprise

When she’s dancing ‘neath the starry sky
She’ll make you flip
(Here she comes again)
When she’s dancing ‘neath the starry sky
I kinda like the way she dips

And she’s my best friend’s girl
Well, she’s my best friend’s girl
But she used to be mine

You’ve got your nuclear boots
And you drip dry gloves
Oh, when you bite your lip
It’s some reaction to love

(Here she comes again)
When she’s dancing ‘neath the starry sky, yeah
I’ll make you flip
(Here she comes again)
When she’s dancing ‘neath the starry sky
(Here she comes again)
I kinda like the way, like the way she dips

‘Cause she’s my best friend’s girl
Well, she’s my best friend’s girl, girl
And she used to be mine
She’s so fine

Always da-dancing down the street
With your suede blue eyes
And every new boy that you meet
He doesn’t know the real surprise

(Here she comes again)
When she’s dancing ‘neath the starry sky, yeah
She’ll make you flip
(Here she comes again)
When she’s dancing ‘neath the starry sky
(Here she comes again)
I kinda like the way, like the way she dips

My Best Friend’s Girl” is a song by American rock band The Cars from their 1978 self-titled debut album on Elektra Records, released on June 6 of that year. Written by Ric Ocasek and produced by Roy Thomas Baker, the song was released as the album’s second single. It peaked at number 35 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and reached number three in the UK. “My Best Friend’s Girl” was included on the soundtrack to the 1979 film Over the Edge, and the song appears on numerous compilation albums, such as the band’s 1985 Greatest Hits, 1995’s Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology, and 2002’s Complete Greatest Hits. A live version of the song by The New Cars appears on their 2006 debut album, It’s Alive!. The song originates from late 1976-early 1977 as another successful demo, like “Just What I Needed”, of the song was done.[1]

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Composition

“My Best Friend’s Girl” begins with chords in the lower register of the guitar, a two-bar progression moving from I to IV to V in F.[2] Hand claps enter in bar five, and after the eight-bar intro, the first verse begins featuring Ric Ocasek‘s vocals over a lead guitar lick in the key of F.[2] An organ is introduced in the first chorus, followed by a rockabilly guitar lick which leads to the second verse.[2] The song is composed in contrasting verse-chorus form.[2] Interestingly, the song was originally written and recorded in E major, one semitone lower, then the entire master tape was sped up to place it in F major. Many live performances show the band performing the song in E.[3] The lyrics depict a man’s frustration with a woman who is dating his best friend after the man dated her.[4] The narrator coolly[5] notes, “She’s my best friend’s girl, but she used to be mine.”[4]

Release and reception

Released in October 1978, “My Best Friend’s Girl” entered the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the week ending October 21.[6] It peaked at number 35 on the charts in December.[6] In addition, the song reached number 40 on the Dutch Top 40, number 55 in Canada, and number 67 in Australia. The song was the highest-charting UK single of the band’s career, peaking at number three in November 1978.[7] The single was the first picture disc available commercially in the UK.[8][9][10]

Music critics have given the track generally favorable reviews. AllMusic‘s Donald A. Guarisco called the song “one of the classics of the Cars’ catalog”,[4] and Rolling Stone writer Kit Rachlis called it a wonderful pop song.[11] “My Best Friend’s Girl” was ranked the 12th best song of 1978 by critics Dave Marsh and Kevin Stein, and it was named one of “The 1001 Best Songs Ever” in a 2003 issue of Q magazine.[12] Some critics have noted the similarity in style of Fountains of Wayne‘s 2003 hit singleStacy’s Mom” to this song.[13][14][15]

Other versions

Track listing

7″ vinyl
  1. “My Best Friend’s Girl” (Ocasek) – 3:44
  2. “Moving in Stereo” (Hawkes, Ocasek) – 5:15

Chart performance

Year-end charts

Chart (1978)Rank
U.S. (Joel Whitburn‘s Pop Annual)[27]204
Chart (1978)Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[22]67
Canadian Singles Chart[23]55
Dutch Top 40[24]40
UK Singles Chart[7]3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[25]35
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[26]44
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