Golden Earring had been recording for a few years before the released "Radar Love" as a single in 1974. The song not only became their breakthrough hit in America, but it became their signature tune -- a song so big, they weren't able to follow it with another genuine hit until 1982, when "Twilight Zone" reached the Top Ten. Even then, they didn't really better "Radar Love," because by that point, it had become a hard rock standard. Really, the song -- written by Barry Hay and George Kooymans -- was almost destined for that fate, since it was an ideal song for speeding down the open road with the radio at full-blast. That's what the song was about -- driving along the highway. The "Radar Love" in the title is about connecting with a lover across CB waves, but what matters are the driving riffs and rhythms, not the words. After all, the song is hardly poetry, but that doesn't matter, since the music is good rock & roll. "Radar Love" is an infectious blend of beat, riff, and performance. A tight, galloping guitar drives the verses along, before the chorus explodes, and then the band winds it back up through the chorus. It gets a little long toward the end of the song -- a jam that would have sounded fine in concert, but is slightly tedious on record, if you're not in the mood -- but the song itself sounds great, a perfect soundtrack for driving. That's why it was a favorite of classic rock radio for decades. And it was as much about the recording as the song itself; when pop-metal group White Lion tackled it in the late '80s, it just wasn't the same, since the song isn't that strong. The recording, however, is strong as a bull -- it deserved to be a hit.