"Let's Go" was the first single from The Cars' second studio album Candy-O. It was released in 1979 on Elektra Records.


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The song was written by Ric Ocasek and features lead vocals by Cars bassist Benjamin Orr.

Its signature hook is a series of claps followed by a shouted "Let's go!", which is derived from the 1962 instrumental of the same name by The Routers.

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.

In 1980, Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their comeback album Chipmunk Punk. They would re-record their cover for their 1994 compilation albumHere's Looking at Me!.

In 1990, Isley Brother Ernie Isley also covered the song for the compilation album Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary.


The song's B-side is a non album B-side titled "That's It" that features Benjamin Orr on lead vocals.


The single peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the U.S.,[1] 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, "Let's Go" peaked at #6 in Australia, where it remains The Cars' highest charted hit.

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