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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 14: Musicians (L-R) Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton and Prairie Prince pose at a press conference to announce an upcoming 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: “Let’s Go”

The Hook: Inspired by a cheer-leading chant, but unaware that another band at the time had also had the same inspiration.

Album: Candy-O

Year: 1979

Writer: Ric Ocasek

Stats: The first Top 20 single by The Cars, it peaked at number-14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Guitarist Elliot Easton says he thinks of a couple of different things when he hears The Cars’ first Top 20 single, “Let’s Go.”

The Cars lead guitarist Elliot Easton on “Let’s Go.” OC:…Let’s Go. :26

“The first thing that comes to my mind is the handclap cheer, the ‘bah-bah bah-bah-bah bah-bah-bah-bah, let’s go,’ which to me, and I remember it at the time, the inspiration was it’s like a cheerleading thing, you know, ‘bah-bah bah-bah-bah bah-bah-bah-bah, let’s go,’ We didn’t realize at the time that a band called The Routers that had a song called ‘Let’s Go’ that incorporated that same handclap. I won’t say too much about that subject, but [laughs] ‘Let’s Go.’”