"Stay the Night" is a song by German/Russian electronic dance music producer Zedd, from the deluxe edition (2013) of his debut studio album, Clarity: Deluxe Edition (2012). It features vocals from Hayley Williams, the lead singer of American rock group Paramore. The song was written by Zedd, Williams, Benjamin Eli Hanna, and Carah Faye. "Stay the Night" was released to digital retailers on September 10, 2013 by Interscope Records as the lead single off Clarity: Deluxe Edition, the deluxe edition of Clarity. The song is used as the theme song for Thor: The Dark World.
The song has been compared to Zedd's previous electro house ballad "Clarity", with Critic of Music saying "Stay the Night" is primed for "pop radio".Digital Spy said the song was "generic EDM", and Idolator pointed to its EDM-style club-ready dance beats, "dreamy" synths, and a pop-style vocal. "Stay the Night" received critical acclaim, with some critics noting the song's potential for crossover appeal to audiences of mainstream pop.
The single reached the number one spot on both Billboard 's Hot Dance Club Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts in its December 7, 2013 issue, giving Zedd his second number one at Dance Airplay and his third chart topper at Dance Club Play, while Williams marks her first number one on a Billboard chart (at Dance/Mix Show Airplay) as a solo artist. The song has sold over a million copies in the U.S. as of March 2014.
"Stay the Night" received critical acclaim from contemporary music critics, with many highlighting Williams' vocals. Idolator editor Mike Wass call the song "another soaring house anthem with massive crossover potential" and praised the "inspired" choice of vocalist: "Hayley Williams puts her trademark angsty rock leanings to the side ... and she lends the track a certain credibility outside the ever-growing EDM market."
James Shotwell of the entertainment news blog Under the Gun Review gave "Stay the Night" a mixed review. While stating the song "is destined for dance club glory" and will "fit nicely" on contemporary hit radio, Shotwell also criticized its lack of uniqueness.
Music blog Critic of Music gave the song an A- rating, noting that while the song suffers in comparison to previous single "Clarity", particularly in the weakness of its lyrics, "Stay the Night" is still successful at highlighting Williams' "vocal versatility" and Zedd's "excellent, radio-friendly" dance beats.