Why Can't I Have You

single by The Cars

"Why Can't I Have You" is a song by the American new wave band The Cars. The song, written by Ric Ocasek, appeared on the band's fifth studio album Heartbeat City. The song is a lush ballad.

"Why Can't I Have You"
Single by The Cars
from the album Heartbeat City
ReleasedJanuary 7, 1985 (1985-01-07)
StudioBattery (London)
GenreNew wave
Songwriter(s)Ric Ocasek
The Cars singles chronology
"Hello Again"
"Why Can't I Have You"
"Heartbeat City"
Music video
"Why Can't I Have You" at YouTube



"Why Can't I Have You" was first released on the Heartbeat City album in 1984. However, in January 1985, the song was released as a single in the US, UK and Germany, making it the fifth single from Heartbeat City (the previous singles being "You Might Think," "Magic," "Drive," and "Hello Again.") Although it did not reach the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 like its four predecessors, the song managed to peak at number 33 in the US charts, as well as #11 on the Mainstream Rock chart.[1] The song was the last single from Heartbeat City to be released in the United States; in Britain, however, a sixth single, "Heartbeat City," was released after "Why Can't I Have You."


  1. "The Cars 'Awards'". allmusic.com.

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