We've Got Tonight

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"We've Got Tonight"
Single by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
from the album Stranger in Town
B-side "Aint Got No Money"
Released October 1978
Format 7" Vinyl
Recorded December 1976
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 4:38(Album version)/ 3:40 (Single edit)
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Bob Seger
Producer(s) Bob Seger, Punch Andrews, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band singles chronology
"Hollywood Nights"
(1978)
"We've Got Tonight"
(1978)
"Old Time Rock and Roll"
(1979)

"We've Got Tonight" (originally titled "We've Got Tonite") is a song written by American Bob Seger, from his 1978 album Stranger in Town. It was a hit single for Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, reaching No. 13 on the U.S. pop charts. In the UK, it reached No. 41 in 1979, later making it to No. 22 during a 1995 re-release to promote a Greatest Hits album, while in 1982 a live version from the in-concert album Nine Tonight reached No. 60.

It also played in the background of Melissa Sue Anderson's 1979 TV film Survival of Dana, in a scene where Anderson's character was visiting one of her new friends' homes and was in a room with co-star Robert Carradine's character "Donny Davis", whom she was falling for. [1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report 31[2]
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 6
Canadian RPM Top Singles 9
Irish Singles Chart 24
New Zealand Singles Chart 12
South African Singles Chart 11
U.K. Singles Chart 22[3]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 13
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 29


Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton version[edit]

"We've Got Tonight"
Single by Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton
from the album We've Got Tonight and Best Kept Secret
B-side "You Are So Beautiful"
Released January 24, 1983
Format 7" Vinyl
Genre Country
Length 3:49
Label Liberty
Writer(s) Bob Seger
Producer(s) David Foster
Kenny Rogers singles chronology
"A Love Song"
(1982)
"We've Got Tonight"
(1983)
"All My Life"
(1983)
Sheena Easton singles chronology
"I Wouldn't Beg for Water"
(1982)
"We've Got Tonight"
(1983)
"Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)"
(1983)

In 1983, country-pop star Kenny Rogers recorded the song as a duet with pop star Sheena Easton, and made it the title track of his album We've Got Tonight. It reached number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart, number six on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, and number two on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It also reached the top 30 in the United Kingdom.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 2
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 4
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Dutch Top 40[5] 24
New Zealand Singles Chart[5] 13
UK Singles Chart 28[4]
Irish Singles Chart 18
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 11
Norwegian Singles Chart[5] 10
Preceded by
"When I'm Away from You"
by The Bellamy Brothers
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

April 9, 1983
Succeeded by
"Dixieland Delight"
by Alabama
Preceded by
"I Wouldn't Change You If I Could"
by Ricky Skaggs
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

April 9-April 16, 1983

Ronan Keating duet version[edit]

"We've Got Tonight"
Single by Ronan Keating & Lulu
from the album Together (Lulu)
Destination (Ronan Keating)
Released 25 November 2002
Format CD single
Genre Pop
Length 3:39
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Bob Seger
Producer(s) Bill Padley
Ronan Keating & Lulu singles chronology
"I Love It When We Do"
(2002)
"We've Got Tonight"
(2002)
"The Long Goodbye"
(2003)

"We've Got Tonight" was remade by Lulu and Ronan Keating for Together a 2002 album release featuring Lulu with a number of diverse duet partners: the track, also featured on Keating's album Destination, was issued as a single - credited to "Ronan Keating featuring Lulu" - reaching #4 UK and becoming an international hit reaching #7 in the Netherlands, #12 in Australia, #14 in Belgium, #10 in Ireland, #25 in Sweden and #46 in New Zealand. In some territories the single was released with Lulu's vocal replaced by that of Jeanette Biedermann: credited to "Ronan Keating featuring Jeanette" the track was a hit in Austria (#6), Germany (#7) and Switzerland (#25). In Italy the track was issued with the Italian Soul singer Giorgia Todrani as Keating's duet partner but failed to chart. This track is also featured on Keating's album "Destination". In the Philippines, Keating performed the song with Kyla.

Tracklisting[edit]

UK Single
  1. "We've Got Tonight" (Feat. Lulu) - 3:39
  2. "All I Have Is My Heart" - 3:50
  3. "In the Ghetto" (Live) - 3:13
  4. "We've Got Tonight" (Video) - 4:15
German Single
  1. "We've Got Tonight" (Feat. Jeanette) - 3:39
  2. "Sea of Love" - 3:14
  3. "All I Have Is My Heart" - 3:50
  4. "In the Ghetto" (Live) - 3:13
Italian Single
  1. "We've Got Tonight" (Feat. Giorgia) - 3:39
  2. "All I Have Is My Heart" - 3:50

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002–2003) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 6
Belgian Singles Chart 14
Dutch Singles Chart 7
German Singles Chart 6
Irish Singles Chart 10
New Zealand Singles Chart 46
Swedish Singles Chart 25
UK Singles Chart 4

Other versions[edit]

Sheena Easton re-recorded the song We Got Tonight (La Noche Y Tu ) as the second single released with Spanish singer Dyango for her spanish album "Todo Me Recuerda a Ti" for the latin markets in 1984. The album was a greatest hits album that went Gold in Mexico and Latin America.

Elkie Brooks recorded "We've Got Tonight" for her 1986 No More the Fool album from which it was released as a single in July 1987 ,it reached 69 in the UK charts.

American Idol Season 11 contestant and eventual winner Phillip Phillips performed "We've Got Tonight" on the series episode broadcast May 16 2012: his studio recording of the song appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 at #97.

The song has also been recorded -

An instrumental version of "We've Got Tonight" is featured on the 2003 album Never Give Up Never Give In by guitarist Zoe McCulloch.

Amii Stewart and Gianni Morandi had a #5 hit in Italy in 1984 with "Grazie perché" [Thanks because] which is an Italian rendering of "We've Got Tonight" while the song's German rendering "Das kann ich gut" has been recorded by Katja Ebstein (Kopf hoch, 1982) and also by Liesbeth List (Ich bin froh - bin ich froh, 1979). A Czech rendering of "We've Got Tonight" entitled "Čas dál nech spát" is featured on the 2012 release (Nejen) O Lásce a career retrospective CD set by Helena Vondráčková, the track being a newly recorded duet with David Deyl.

The song is covered on Glee's season 4 episode "I Do" by Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Naya Rivera, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Darren Criss, Ali Stroker, Melissa Benoist and Jacob Artist.

A version appears on the self-titled album by English actor/singer, Shaun Williamson.

Namibian singer Nianell and South African singer Dozi recorded a version on their duet covers album It Takes Two in 2009. [6]

In 2014, British singer Jane McDonald covered a version for her album, The Singer of Your Song.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Pop Songs: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 218. 
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  4. ^ a b Kenny Rogers UK Charts history, The Official Charts. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d austrianncharts.com. Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton - We've Got Tonight. Retrieved in 2011-08-08.
  6. ^ "It Takes Two, Dozi & Nianell, Album Music". kalahari.com. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2014-06-06.