Golden Earring

Radar Love

Song Review by

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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Moontan 1973 Red Bullet 6:26
No Image 1975
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
The Continuing Story of Radar Love 1989 MCA 6:22
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 13 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 5:06
Guitar Rock [Time-Life] 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:05
70's Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 1: Hard N' Heavy 1991
Various Artists
Priority Records
Sounds of the Seventies: 1974 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:02
Rock 'N Roll Juke Box Hall of Fame, Vol. 1 1992
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 6:25
Ultimate Rock, Vol. 1 1993
Various Artists
The Naked Truth 1993 First Quake
Wayne's World 2 [Music from the Motion Picture] 1993
Original Soundtrack
Reprise 5:04
Progression [Import] 1994
Various Artists
5:05
Rock Greats 1994
Various Artists
Stardust Records
Stardust: Rock, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Stardust Records 5:06
Harley Davidson Road Songs 1994
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 6:24
Baby Boomer Classics: Rockin' Seventies 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 6:23
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Arsenal 5:05
The 70's Come Alive Again 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 6:24
Every Song Tells a Story 1995
Various Artists
Shock Media 5:01
Frat Rock: More of the '70s 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 6:25
Rock Around the Oldies, Vol. 4 [Universal Special Products] 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 6:24
The Best of '70s Rock Chart Toppers 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 6:24
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials: The 70's 1996
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:57
Supernatural Fairy Tales: The Progressive Rock Era 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros.
Dutch Treats 1996
Various Artists
Critique Records 4:23
Ultimate Rock 'N' Roll Collection [EMI] 1996
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution
Only Dance 1970-1974 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 5:06
Rockin' Guitars 1997
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 5:02
Power Chords, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
70's Biggest Hits 1997
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 6:25
All Out Rock 1997
Various Artists
Essex 5:06
Under My Wheels: 12 Road Trippin' Tracks 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
Hard Rock Cafe: Classic Rock 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 5:06
70s Heavy Hitters: Arena Rockers 1970-1974 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:44
Easyriders, Vol. 4 1998
Various Artists
Thump Records 6:21
Champions of Rock-n-Roll, Vol. 1: Stud Rock - Heart Breakers 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 5:01
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 5:04
Chronicles: 70's Rock Classics 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 5:07
The Best Glam Rock Album in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:06
Ultimate Driving Collection: Highway Rockin' 1998
Various Artists
Chronicles / Polygram 5:03
More Than a Feeling [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 5:06
Guitar Rock: Power Classics 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 5:06
Highway Rockin' 1998
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Rebound Records 5:03
The Complete Naked Truth 1998 Sony Music Distribution 7:42
Millennium Classic Rock Party 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 5:06
I Wanna Rock, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 6:24
The '70s, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 6:25
The 70s 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 6:25
Hot Rods & Custom Classics 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 5:02
40 Hits: 1970-1974 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 6:22
Hard Rock Cafe: Rockin' Down the Highway 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 5:04
John Boy & Billy's Rockin' Race Tracks 1999
John Boy & Billy's Rockin' Race Tracks
Arista 5:01
That '70s Show Presents That '70s Album: Rockin' 1999
Various Artists
Volcano Records 5:04
Millennium Party [Rhino Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 5:06
Hits at Planet Earth 2000
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 6:23
Rock at Planet Earth 2000
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 6:23
Oh What a Night: Hits of the Sixties and Seveties 2000
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:43
70's Jewels 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:44
Hot Rod Series: Pedal to the Metal 2000
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 6:24
Amplified 2000
Various Artists
UTV 6:26
Maximum Rock 12": The Original Maxi Single Collection 2000
Various Artists
Maximum Records (Netherlands) / Disky 6:23
Classic Rock 70's 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 6:24
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 6:22
Hard Rock Essentials [Trans World] 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 6:24
Fully Naked 2001 Sony Music Distribution 7:42
Devil Made Us Do It: 35 Years [4 Disc] 2001 Universal Distribution / PolyGram / Universal 6:24
One Hit Wonders: Hard Two Get Hits [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
One Hit 6:23
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 6:22
All Music Guide: Classic Rock 2001
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 6:27
A Year in Your Life: 1974, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 6:24
Ez Ridin' 2002
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 6:23
70-Tals Klassiker 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Ash Wednesday 2003
Original Soundtrack
Koch 5:05
Twogether Rock 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:46
World's Best Ever Beer Songs 2004 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Mustang 40th Anniversary 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 6:23
Best of the Best [AAO Music] 2004
Original Soundtrack
AAO Music 4:00
Legends: My Generation 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:06
Classic Rock Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 6:25
Drive Time [Universal/WB] 2005
Various Artists
WEA / Warner Special Marketing 4:50
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:06
Wondrous Stories: A Complete Introduction to Progressive Rock 2010
Various Artists
Universal 0:00
Now That's What I Call Classic Rock Hits 2012
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 0:00
Icons of Rock 2012
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:58
Complete Studio Recordings 2017 Universal / Universal Music 6:25
Baby Driver [Music from the Motion Picture] 2017
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
30th Century Records / Sony Music 3:44
100% Rock Guitar Anthems [Mood Media]
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 6:25
Rock & Romance Collection
Various Artists
Time Life 2:57
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:05