Rock This Town

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This article is about the song. For other uses, see Rock This Town (disambiguation).
"Rock This Town"
Single by Stray Cats
from the album Stray Cats / Built for Speed
B-side "You Can't Hurry Love"
Released January 29, 1981 (UK)
September 14, 1982 (U.S.)
Format 7"
Recorded 1981
Genre Rockabilly
Label Arista (UK)
EMI America (U.S.)
Writer(s) Brian Setzer
Producer(s) Dave Edmunds
Alternative covers
US 7" single cover

"Rock This Town" is a song by the Stray Cats from their UK debut album Stray Cats. Its first U.S. release was on the 1982 album Built for Speed. It peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982, becoming the first of the band's three top 10 hits in the U.S.[1] It had also previously reached this position on the UK Singles Chart in 1981.

The song was listed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll. The Brian Setzer Orchestra and fictional music group Alvin and the Chipmunks have recorded covers of the song.

The song is used as the theme tune to the BBC Radio 4 show Mark Steel's in Town.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)

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