Against the Wind (album)

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Against the Wind
Bob Seger - Against the Wind.jpg
Studio album by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Released February 25, 1980 (1980-02-25)
Recorded 1979
Genre Rock
Length 40:24
Label Capitol
Producer Bob Seger, Punch Andrews, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Bill Szymczyk
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band chronology
Stranger in Town
Against the Wind
Nine Tonight
Singles from Against the Wind
  1. "Fire Lake"
    Released: February 1980
  2. "Against the Wind"
    Released: April 1980
  3. "You'll Accomp'ny Me"
    Released: July 1980
  4. "The Horizontal Bop"
    Released: October 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Smash Hits 5/10[2]

Against the Wind is the eleventh studio album by American rock singer Bob Seger and his third with the Silver Bullet Band. It was released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). It is Seger's only number-one album to date, spending six weeks at the top of the Billboard Top LPs chart, knocking Pink Floyd's massive-selling The Wall from the top spot. The album also earned two Grammy Awards.

Critical reception[edit]

Rock journalist Dave Marsh criticized the record as a betrayal of Seger's fans: "I'd like to say that this is not only the worst record Bob Seger has ever made, but an absolutely cowardly one as well." Marsh had followed Seger since before Night Moves, when Seger finally gained national fame, and said in this review that Seger's long, tireless struggle to stardom is trivialized by this record.

"He had to fight hard to prove there was still a place in rock & roll for a guy like him, and, with Night Moves, he won. This is the LP that makes such a victory meaningless ... It makes me sad, and it makes me angry (another emotion that's disappeared here, though it's often fueled Seger's finest work). Maybe rock & roll never forgets, but the best thing anybody who ever had any hope for Bob Seger can do is try not to remember Against the Wind and pray for something better next time. I wouldn't hold my breath."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bob Seger. 

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "The Horizontal Bop"   4:03
2. "You'll Accomp'ny Me"   4:00
3. "Her Strut"   3:51
4. "No Man's Land"   3:43
5. "Long Twin Silver Line"   4:18
Side Two
No. Title Length
6. "Against the Wind"   5:34
7. "Good for Me"   4:03
8. "Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight"   2:52
9. "Fire Lake"   3:30
10. "Shinin' Brightly"   4:30

The Silver Bullet Band perform on tracks 1–3, 6, 8

The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section perform on tracks 4, 5, 7, 9, 10


The Silver Bullet Band
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
Additional Musicians
  • Bill Payne – organ, synthesizer, piano on "You'll Accomp'ny Me"
  • Dr. John – keyboard on "Horizontal Bop"
  • Paul Harris – organ and piano on "Against the Wind" and piano on "Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight"
  • Doug Riley – synthesizer on "No Man's Land"
  • Sam Clayton – percussion on "You'll Accomp'ny Me"
Backing harmony vocals on "Fire Lake"
Backing harmony vocals on "Against the Wind"
Backing Vocals on "You'll Accomp'ny Me" "Good For Me" and "Shinin' Brightly"


  • Producers: Punch Andrews, Steve Melton, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Bob Seger, Bill Szymczyk
  • Engineers: John Arrias, Steve Melton, Bill Szymczyk
  • Mixing: Punch Andrews, John Arrias, Steve Melton, Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section, Bob Seger, Bill Szymczyk
  • Mastering: Wally Traugott
  • Remastering: Robert Vosgien
  • Art direction: Roy Kohara
  • Photography: Tom Bert
  • Paintings: Jim Warren


Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1980 Pop Albums 1

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1980 "Against The Wind" Pop Singles 5
1980 "Fire Lake" Pop Singles 6
1980 "You'll Accomp'ny Me" Pop Singles 14
1980 "The Horizontal Bop" Pop Singles 42


Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1981 Against the Wind Best Recording Package
Against the Wind Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[4] 5× Platinum 500,000^
United States (RIAA)[5] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band: Against the Wind > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  2. ^ Hepworth, David. "Bob Seger: Against the Wind". Smash Hits (March 20 – April 2): 31. 
  3. ^ Marsh, Dave (May 15, 1980). "Bob Seger's 'Wind' is mostly hot air". Rolling Stone. New York, New York: Straight Arrow Publishers Inc. 
  4. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bob Seger – Against the Wind". Music Canada. 
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Bob Seger – Against the Wind". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
The Wall by Pink Floyd
Billboard 200 number one album
May 3 – June 13, 1980
Succeeded by
Glass Houses by Billy Joel