(There's A) Fire in the Night

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"(There's A) Fire in the Night"
Single by Alabama
from the album Roll On
B-side "Rock on the Bayou"
Released October 22, 1984
Format 7"
Recorded 1983
Genre Country rock
Length 3:59 (single edit)
4:14 (album version)
Label RCA
Writer(s) Bob Corbin
Producer(s) Harold Shedd and Alabama
Alabama singles chronology
"If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)"
"(There's A) Fire in the Night"
"There's No Way"
Music video
"(There's A) Fire in the Night" at CMT.com

"(There's A) Fire in the Night" is a song written by Bob Corbin, and recorded by American country music band Alabama. It was released in October 1984 as the fourth single from the band's album Roll On. The song became the group's 15th straight No. 1 single on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in January 1985.

Single and album edits[edit]

A slightly early fade on the single version is the only difference between the single and album versions of "(There's a) Fire in the Night".

Music Video[edit]

A video of the song, directed by David Hogan and depicting the band camping in a forest at night, has aired on The Nashville Network, CMT and Great American Country. It is not the original video, however. The original video, released in 1984, featured partial nudity and what writer Edward Morris described as a "bizarre plot." Alabama decided the video was not family-friendly and, with the help of their management, had RCA Records withdraw the original video from circulation.[1]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984-1985) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Morris, Edward, "Alabama," Contemporary Books Inc., Chicago, 1985 (ISBN 0-8092-5306-2)
  2. ^ "Alabama – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alabama.

See also[edit]

  • Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-8230-7553-2))
  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006.
Preceded by
"How Blue"
by Reba McEntire
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

January 26, 1985
Succeeded by
"A Place to Fall Apart"
by Merle Haggard featuring Janie Fricke
Preceded by
"A Place to Fall Apart"
by Merle Haggard featuring Janie Fricke
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

February 16, 1985
Succeeded by
"Ain't She Somethin' Else"
by Conway Twitty