Tonight (New Kids on the Block song)

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"Tonight"
Single by New Kids on the Block
from the album Step by Step
B-side "Hold On"
Released July 26, 1990
Format 7" single
12" maxi
Recorded 1990
Genre Pop
Length 3:26
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Maurice Starr
Al Lancellotti
Producer(s) Maurice Starr
Certification Silver (France, 1991)
New Kids on the Block singles chronology
"Valentine Girl"
(1990)
"Tonight"
(1990)
"Let's Try It Again"
(1990)

"Tonight" is a 1990 song recorded by the American pop band New Kids on the Block. Every member of the band sung lead vocals on this song. It was their second single from their 1990 album Step by Step. It was a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic. It first reached #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and then went on to reach #3 on the UK Singles Chart soon after its American success, giving the band another hit, as, at this point, they were at their commercial peak.

The song is "half slow tempo, half ska".[1] It is "autobiographical" and "discusses the relationship that binds the members of the group to their fans, since the beginning", with many references to their first hits in the first couplet.

The song and "Cover Girl" were covered by South Korean singer Lee Min Woo of boy band Shinhwa in his concert on 14 and 15 January 2006 in Seoul.[2]

The "ska part" is the melody of Johann Sebastians Bach's Cantate "Sleepers awake" (BWV 140).

Track listings[edit]

7" single / 7" single - Picture disc
  1. "Tonight" — 3:26
  2. "Hold on" — 3:36
12" maxi / CD maxi
  1. "Tonight" — 3:27
  2. "Hold on" — 3:36
  3. "Don't Give Up on Me" — 4:45

Versions[edit]

  • "Tonight" [Album Version] - 3:30
  • "Tonight" [Remix] - 3:29
  • "Tonight" [12' Version] - 4:47
  • "Tonight" [Video Version] - 3:11

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[3] 16
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 12
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[4] 4
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 3
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 3
German Singles Chart[3] 19
Irish IRMA Singles Chart[6] 8
New Zealand Singles Chart 16
Swedish Singles Chart[3] 11
UK Singles Chart[7] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 7
End of year chart (1990) Position
Dutch Top 40[9] 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, 2002, p. 197 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X) : "Les jeunes de NKOTB réalisent là leur meilleur classement avec une chanson moitié slow, moitié ska façon Madness."
  2. ^ "Event Calendar: Concert: M's Girl Friend" Korea Herald. 24 December 2005. Retrieved 2012-04-10
  3. ^ a b c d e "Tonight", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 26, 2008)
  4. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showitem.asp?interpret=New+Kids+On+The+Block&titel=Tonight&cat=s
  5. ^ Top40.nl, 20 October 1990, Week 42 Retrieved August 4, 2009
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved February 26, 2008)
  7. ^ "Tonight", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved June 26, 2009)
  8. ^ Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved June 26, 2009)
  9. ^ "Single top 100 over 1990" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 12 April 2010.