Why Can't We Be Friends?
Label: Avenue Records
War were one of those rare bands who were as popular with black and Latino audiences as they were with white rock fans. The upbeat title track was a big hit and showed why War worked -- this is music that brings people and cultures together (and it can still easily be sung by drunk guys at barbecues and tailgate parties). While the L.A. band had a long line of big hits, "Low Rider" is their defining moment. It was a smash in Southern California and ended up defining Latino car culture for the duration of the '70s.