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: “My Best Friend’s Girl”

The Hook: Ric Ocasek says he wrote the lyrics with Cars bassist Ben Orr in mind because they’d been working together for so long.

Album: The Cars

Year: 1978

Writer: Ric Ocasek

Stats: Peaked at number-35 on the Billboard Hot 100

Background: Cars lead guitarist Elliot Easton has said that his part on “My Best Friend’s Girl” was inspired by a mixture of George Harrison’s work on The Beatles’ “I Will” and the sound of country guitar legend Chet Atkins. Singer and rhythm guitarist Ric Ocasek explains that he had a couple of different inspirations when he wrote the song.

Ric Ocasek of The Cars on “My Best Friend’s Girl.” OC:…I thought. :19

“That’s just kind of a little, like, ’50s riff. I thought that was a bit like a Carl Perkins song. I was just kind of into a ’50s mode on that one, at least I thought I was. And the theme, I don’t know where that came from. I was almost kind of like singing it to Ben [Orr], y’know, ’cause I’d been playing with him for so long and it was just kind of a funny little theme, I thought.”