Let's Go (The Cars song)
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Picture sleeve (France)
|Single by The Cars|
|from the album Candy-O|
|Released||June 12, 1979|
|Producer||Roy Thomas Baker|
|The Cars singles chronology|
"Let's Go" was the first single from The Cars' album Candy-O released in 1979. It was written by Ric Ocasek and features lead vocals by Cars bassist Ben Orr. The single peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the U.S., but the song was an even bigger success elsewhere. In Canada, the track reached #5, and remains the Cars' highest ever charting single in that country. Similarly, in Australia "Let's Go" peaked at #6, and remains The Cars' highest charted hit in that country.
The song's signature hook, a series of claps followed by a shouted "Let's go!" is derived from the 1962 instrumental of the same name by The Routers. Its infectious “clap clap clap-clap-clap clap-clap-clap-clap Let's Go! " chant became a favorite of cheerleaders and crowds worldwide.
The song tells the story of a 17-year old girl and her budding interest in "the nightlife". It is told from the perspective of a teenage boy who wishes to ask her out for a date. She refuses any and all of his advances.