In Frank Moriarty's Seventies Rock - The Decade of Creative Chaos
, it is noted that "The clever melding of disparate elements that characterized 1978's The Cars
led to an astonishing success for the band, chiefly because the stodgy album-oriented radio stations - which had in large part attempted to ignore punk and New Wave - finally were confronted with new music that they couldn't help but play."
When the album was released in June 1978, the #1 song in America was "You're The One That I Want
" from Grease
, followed by Shadow Dancing
by Andy Gibb. America had Saturday Night Fever
and there seemed to be no cure, so getting something not-disco on the charts at all was a spectacular achievement.