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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 14: Musician Elliot Easton performs at a press conference to announce an upcomming tour and performance by "The New Cars" at the House of Blues on March 14, 2006 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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The Cars: “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight”

The Hook: Elliot Easton used to solo on it in concert.

Album: The Cars

Year: 1978

Writer: Ric Ocasek

Stats: Although never a single, it’s been a rock radio staple since it was released.

The Background: Along with “Just What I Needed,” “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight” was one of the initial Cars songs to receive radio airplay in their hometown Boston, even though it never actually got released as a single. Cars guitarist Elliot Easton says he’s particularly fond of the song for another reason.

Guitarist Elliot Easton on “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight.” OC:…on it. :21

“’You’re All I’ve Got Tonight’ was a favorite of mine, if for no other reason than it was my chance to stretch out live. I usually used the solo at the end as a launching point and would take off until the other guys in the band sort of looked at me like ‘Okay already, enough,’ and then I’d give them their cue that we would go back into the song. But that was a fun one for me to play, because I always got to stretch on it.”