10. Cassette Players
Thanks to the innovative compact-cassette you could take your favorite tunes with you in the car and still have room for passengers or cargo. This musical innovation dispatched with the eight-track player and its notoriously bulky cartridges. You could think of it as a VCR for your ears.
Like Sony’s iconic Walkman this feature spread the joy of music and helped define the 1980s. Dashboards from practically every manufacturer sported small rectangular slots where tapes were inserted.
Despite being surpassed by several other technologies, notably CDs and eventually MP3 players the cassette tape lived on well into the 21st century. Lexus, and Ford with its antiquated Crown Victoria large sedan, were the last automotive holdouts, keeping this feature alive until just a few years ago.