Take Me Home Tonight (song)

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"Take Me Home Tonight"
Single by Eddie Money
from the album Can't Hold Back
B-side "Calm Before the Storm"
Released August 16, 1986
Format 7" single
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:35
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Michael Leeson, Peter Vale, Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector
Producer(s) Eddie Money, Richie Zito
Eddie Money singles chronology
"Club Michelle"
"Take Me Home Tonight"
"I Wanna Go Back"

"Take Me Home Tonight" is a song by American rock singer Eddie Money. It was released in August 1986 as the lead single from his album Can't Hold Back. The song reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Album Rock Tracks chart. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.


The song starts with a synth playing and is then joined by a guitar playing the same notes. This song was recorded in a duet with Ronnie Spector. The song has Spector singing the chorus from the Ronettes' hit, "Be My Baby" (on which Spector sang lead vocals) after Money sings "just like Ronnie sang."

Music video[edit]

The video, shot entirely in black and white, opens with the artist alone with a metal ladder and a folding chair on an otherwise empty stage (at Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada). He performs to an absent audience, and Ronnie Spector is seen in a make-up room during cutaways. Spector's face isn't completely revealed until about three-quarters of the way through the video. The artist sings on stage and Spector dances up a walkway leading to the stage. His saxophone comes and goes in the video in a repeated continuity error (whether this was intentional is unknown).

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by several artists. Rock band Hinder recorded a cover of the song; it is available exclusively as a bonus track on the Wal-Mart re-release of their album Extreme Behavior. There is a cover by Jamestown Story featuring Breanne Duren on his album Love vs. Life. Every Avenue and Juliet Simms covered the song for the compilation Punk Goes Classic Rock in 2010. Additionally, Adam Goren of Atom And His Package used the chorus of the song during the bridge of his song, "Punk Rock Academy". In 2014, the Glee Cast offered a new cover of the song in the episode "Old Dog New Tricks".

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (1986) Peak
Canada (RPM) 15
Germany (Media Control Charts)[1] 59
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[2] 43
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks 1


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