Mainstreet (song)

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"Mainstreet"
Single by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
from the album Night Moves
B-side "The Fire Down Below"
Released April 18, 1977
Format 7"
Genre Rock
Length 3:43
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Bob Seger
Producer(s) Bob Seger
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band singles chronology
"Night Moves"
(1976)
"Mainstreet"
(1977)
"Rock and Roll Never Forgets"
(1977)

"Mainstreet" is a song written and recorded by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. The eponymous street is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Seger's childhood home.[1] It was released in April 1977 as the fourth single from the album Night Moves. The song peaked at number 24 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and has since become a staple of classic rock radio. The song also reached number-one in Canada.[2]

Seger stated that people have asked him what street he was taking about, and that it is actually Ann Street, just off Main Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he grew up. There was a pool hall there where they had girls dancing in the window and R&B bands playing on the weekends.[3]

It is in the key of D major,[4] though some may consider it D Mixolydian.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rocknworld.com/roadtrip/09/anna/index.shtml
  2. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 27, No. 14, July 02 1977". RPM. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  3. ^ Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Greatest Hits, cd sleeve.
  4. ^ Stephenson, Ken (2002). What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis, p.44. ISBN 978-0-300-09239-4.
Preceded by
"Lucille" by Kenny Rogers
Canadian RPM Top Singles number-one single
July 2, 1977
Succeeded by
"Undercover Angel" by Alan O'Day