Goodnight Tonight

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"Goodnight Tonight"
Single by Wings
B-side "Daytime Nighttime Suffering"
Released 23 March 1979
Format 7", 12"
Recorded October 1978
Genre Rock, disco
Length 4:15 (7")
7:14 (12")
Label Parlophone, EMI, Columbia
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Certification BPI (UK) Silver 1 May 1979[1]
RIAA (US) Gold 15 May 1979[2]
Wings singles chronology
"London Town"
"Goodnight Tonight"
"Old Siam, Sir"
Alternative covers
French 7-Inch single cover

"Goodnight Tonight" is a single by the band Wings notable for its disco-inflected sound and spirited flamenco guitar break. It peaked at number five in both the United Kingdom and United States during 1979. The track did not appear on Wings' then-current album Back to the Egg (from which sessions this song was recorded); it was later included on the 1987 McCartney compilation, All the Best!. The 7" version was released as a bonus track on the 1993 reissue of McCartney II. The B-side of this single was "Daytime Nighttime Suffering". An extended version of the song appears on a digital iTunes re-issue of Back to the Egg.


"Goodnight Tonight" began as an instrumental backing track McCartney had recorded in 1978. Needing a single for Wings to accompany the Back to the Egg album, McCartney took out the track and brought it into the studio, where the full Wings line-up completed it.[3] Laine and Juber added electric guitars, mirroring Paul's parts and Holly added percussion, while the whole band sang in the chorus.[4] Since the track was over seven minutes long, an edited version was used as the single, with the full version available as a 12-inch single. A music video was made for the song, showing Wings performing in 1930s costumes; stills from the video were used on the single's sleeve. In the US, the single was the first released under McCartney's new deal with Columbia Records.

Charts and reception[edit]

"Goodnight Tonight" was an international hit, reaching number five on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the UK Singles Chart.[5][6] John Lennon, McCartney's former songwriting partner, later commented that he did not care for the song, but enjoyed McCartney's bass guitar on the single.[3] The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies.[7]

References in popular culture[edit]

The song was featured in the 2010 film Grown Ups.

Track listings[edit]

7" single (R 6023)
  1. "Goodnight Tonight" - 4:15
  2. "Daytime Nighttime Suffering" - 3:19
12" single (12 YR 6023)
  1. "Goodnight Tonight" (Long Version) - 7:15
  2. "Daytime Nighttime Suffering" - 3:19


  1. ^ "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  2. ^ "RIAA Gold and Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  3. ^ a b Madinger, Chip; Easter, Mark (2000). Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium. Chesterfield, MO: 44.1 Productions. p. 246. 
  4. ^ Luca Perasi, Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013), L.I.L.Y. Publishing, 2013, ISBN 978-88-909122-1-4, pp.169-170.
  5. ^ "Paul McCartney singles". allmusic. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  7. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-09-01.