The Stroke

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"The Stroke"
Single by Billy Squier
from the album Don't Say No
Released May, 1981
Recorded 1981
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 3:38
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Billy Squier
Producer(s) Reinhold Mack
Billy Squier
Billy Squier singles chronology
"The Stroke"
"In the Dark"

"The Stroke" is a song written and recorded by American rock artist Billy Squier. It was released in May of 1981 as the debut single from his Triple Platinum album Don't Say No. Squier's breakout coincided with the launch of MTV, where he would become one of the cable channel's most played artists of the decade.[citation needed]

This was Squier's first single to chart, reaching No. 17 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[1] It was a bigger hit on rock radio, reaching #3 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It also reached the British pop charts, rising to #52. It was named the fifty-ninth 'best hard rock song of all time' by VH1.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 3
Canada (RPM) 7
New Zealand (RIANZ) 32
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 52
U.S. Billboard Rock Tracks 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 17

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 594.
  2. ^ " music". Retrieved February 7, 2009. 

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