Up All Night (Drake song)

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"Up All Night"
Song by Drake featuring Nicki Minaj from the album Thank Me Later
Released June 14, 2010
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 3:55
Writer Aubrey Graham, Onika Maraj, Matthew Samuels, Matthew Burnett
Producer Boi-1da, Matthew Burnett
Thank Me Later track listing
"Show Me a Good Time"
"Up All Night"

"Up All Night" is a song by Canadian hip-hop artist, Drake from his debut album Thank Me Later. The song features label mate Nicki Minaj.


The song has been labeled contemporary R&B that is topped off with menacing strings.[1] The song has also contains hints of spacey synths and clattering with reverbed percussion.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The song gathered generally positive reviews from critics. Rap-Up stated that "Drake pledges his allegiance to the house that Wayne built on 'Up All Night,' while Nicki reps the home team to the fullest."[2] Simon Vozick-Levinson of Entertainment Weekly called the song one of the best songs to download from the album.[3] Glenn Gamboa of Newsday gave Minaj a positive review of the song stating "Even in the dark "Up All Night," Drake gets upstaged by Nicki Minaj."[4] Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork Media stated, "Drake's fellow Young Money upstart Nicki Minaj adds to the gender ambiguities, out-manning her host on the diabolical 'Up All Night'".[5] In a list of the "50 Best Songs of 2010" by Rolling Stone, "Up All Night" came in a number thirty-six additionally stating that the song is a "One of the year's great driving songs, with Minaj 'doing doughnuts in a six-speed'".[6] Chris Richards of The Washington Post gave Minaj a negative review on the song stating, "On 'Up All Night,' larger-than-life newcomer Nicki Minaj sounds drowsy."[7] Paul Cantor of XXL gave the song a positive review stating, "And if there’s any doubt the kid can flat out spit, there are the obligatory Young Money collabs 'Up All Night' (with Nicki Minaj) and “Miss Me” (with Lil Wayne)."[8]

Live performances[edit]

Minaj has performed her verse on both her Pink Friday Tour and her Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour.

Chart performance[edit]

"Up All Night" debuted at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart based on digital sales alone.[9]

Chart (2010-2011) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 49
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 59
U.S. Billboard Rap Songs[10] 20
German Black Chart[11] 18
Canadian Hot 100 80


  1. ^ a b "Drake, 'Thank Me Later'". Spin.com. June 15, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ "New Music: Drake f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘Up All Night’". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ Simon Vozick-Levinson (2010-06-09). "Thank Me Later | Music". EW.com. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  4. ^ Updated: Jun 11, 2010 11:37 AMBy GLENN GAMBOA (2010-06-11). "Entertainment Item". Mobile.newsday.com. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Album Reviews: Drake: Thank Me Later". Pitchfork. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  6. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-best-songs-of-2010-20101214/drake-feat-nicki-minaj-up-all-night-19691231
  7. ^ "Record review: Drake's 'Thank Me Later'". Washingtonpost.com. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  8. ^ "Drake, Thank Me Later Gets an XL". XXLmag.com. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  9. ^ a b "Drake and Nicki Minaj - Up All Night - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/rap-songs?order=gainer
  11. ^ Die Deutschen Trend Charts (2009-07-17). "Die Deutschen Trend Charts". Trendcharts.de. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 

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