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Low Rider

"Low Rider"
Single by War
from the album Why Can't We Be Friends?
Released 1975
Format 7" single
Recorded 1974
Genre Funk, jazz fusion, Latin soul
Label United Artists
Writer(s) War, Jerry Goldstein
Producer(s) Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan, Howard Scott

"Low Rider" is a song written by American funk band War and producer Jerry Goldstein, which appeared on their album Why Can't We Be Friends?, released in 1975. It reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart and peaked at number 7 on the Pop Singles chart.

According to the All Music Guide review of the song, "the lyric takes the cool image of the low rider — the Chicano culture practice of hydraulically hot-rodding classic cars — and using innuendo, extends the image to a lifestyle". The song's most distinguishable feature is its driving bass line, which is present for nearly all of the song. It also ends with a siren-like noise that then becomes a saxophone solo.

The song has been covered by many artists, including the following:

The song has been featured in eighteen movies, including Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke, Colors, Blood in Blood Out, Friday, A Gnome Named Gnorm, Robots, 21 Grams, Dazed and Confused, Paulie, Beverly Hills Ninja, A Knight's Tale, the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, The Young Poisoner's Handbook, Love Potion No. 9, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Internship and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.


Preceded by
"Sweet Sticky Thing" by Ohio Players
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
November 8, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Fly, Robin, Fly" by Silver Convention

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