80s Mercedes

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"80s Mercedes"
The cover consists of the artist driving a vehicle in reverse. Both the artist's name and song title appear on the top left of the cover, and are colored in white and pink respectively.
Single by Maren Morris
from the album Hero
ReleasedJune 27, 2016 (2016-06-27)[1]
GenreCountry, pop rock, Bubblegum pop
LabelColumbia Nashville
  • busbee
  • Maren Morris
Maren Morris singles chronology
"My Church"
"80s Mercedes"
"I Could Use a Love Song"

"80s Mercedes" is a song recorded by American country music singer Maren Morris.[2] It was released in June 2016 as her second single. She co-wrote and co-produced the song with busbee during a session where they traded ideas about its title and the numerous influences from that era. "80s Mercedes" peaked at numbers 11 and 12 on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts respectively. Also, it reached number 74 on the Hot 100. The song was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has sold 236,000 units in the United States as of January 2017. It also charted in Canada, peaking at number 17 on the Canada Country chart. It received a Gold certification from Music Canada, denoting sales of 40,000 units in that country. The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Alon Isocianu.


According to Morris, the inspiration for the song came from a conversation with Audra Mae, who used the phrase "80s Mercedes" in their conversation and she thought it would be a good title for a song. She mentioned the idea to Busbee at their song-writing session, and Busbee started asking Morris questions for possible directions on the writing. One of those questions was: "What year were you born?". Morris answered 1990, and Busbee then came out with the line: "I'm a '90s baby in my '80s Mercedes" which became the hook for the song. The song has some influences from 1980s songs, and contains an oblique reference to Don Henley's song "The Boys of Summer".[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Alon Isocianu and premiered in August 2016. The vehicle featured was a 1980s era Mercedes Benz 380 SL.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

"80s Mercedes" was placed at number 38 on Rolling Stone’s "50 Best Songs of 2016", stating: “The Nashville breakout star is writing cooler car songs than anyone else these days – she's a "Nineties baby in an Eighties Mercedes," blasting Hank Williams and Johnny Cash on her radio.”[5]


Year Association Category Result
2017 Radio Disney Music Awards[6] Favorite Country Song Nominated
CMT Music Awards[7] Female Video of the Year Nominated
Performance of the Year (with Alicia Keys on CMT Crossroads) Nominated

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, the song has reached number 11 on the Hot Country Songs chart. It entered the Country Airplay chart at number 53 and has since reached number 12. It also debuted at number 91 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week and also debuted at number 17 on Canada Country chart for the week of November 25, 2016.

The song has sold 236,000 copies as of January 2017.[8]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[15] Platinum 80,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000double-dagger / 236,000[8]

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Add Dates" (PDF). Country Aircheck Weekly (504): Chart p.5. June 20, 2016.
  2. ^ Betts, Stephen L. (June 8, 2016). "See Maren Morris Bring Swag, Sass to '80s Mercedes'". Rolling Stone.
  3. ^ Roland, Tom (July 15, 2016). "Maren Morris Playfully Crosses Generational Lines In '80s Mercedes'". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Videos : Maren Morris : 80s Mercedes". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "50 Best Songs of 2016". Rolling Stone. November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  6. ^ Drysdale, Jennifer (April 29, 2017). "2017 Radio Disney Music Awards: The Complete Winners List". E!. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  7. ^ Stefano, Angela (June 7, 2017). "2017 CMT Music Awards Winners List". The Boot. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (January 23, 2017). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Chart: January 23, 2017". Roughstock.
  9. ^ "Maren Morris Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "Maren Morris Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  11. ^ "Maren Morris Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  12. ^ "Maren Morris Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "Hot Country Songs – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  14. ^ "Hot Country Songs – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  15. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Maren Morris – 80s Mercedes". Music Canada. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Maren Morris – 80s Mercedes". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 13, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.