One-Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1980 – Gary Numan

“Cars” by Gary Numan

Although Gary Numan had one hit in the U.S., he is considered a pioneer of electronic music. “Cars” peaked at #9 on June 7, 1980. The song reached #1 in the U.K. and Canada.
Gary Numan may have been a one-hit wonder in the U.S., but he had several more hits in the U.K. – “We Are Glass”, “I Die: You Die” and “This Wreckage” reached #5, #6 and #20, respectively. Numan has been a huge influence on artists such as Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters and Nirvana), Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails), and Marilyn Manson.

Gary Numan continues to make music today. He has a new album, called Dead Son Rising, coming out this September 15.

But for most of us, we know Gary Numan from this smash hit:

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