American Storm

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"American Storm"
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Single by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
from the album Like a Rock
B-side "Fortunate Son"
Released March 1986
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1985-1986
Genre Heartland rock, country rock
Length 4:17
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Bob Seger
Producer(s) Punch Andrews, David N. Cole, Bob Seger
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band singles chronology
"American Storm"
"Like a Rock"
"American Storm"
"Like a Rock"

"American Storm" is a song written by American singer-songwriter Bob Seger. It was recorded with The Silver Bullet Band and released in March 1986 as the lead single from their album Like a Rock. The single peaked at number 13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number 2 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. [1]

Background and writing[edit]

In 1986, Seger told the New York Times that the song is about cocaine abuse. "I wrote it after reading 'Wired,' Bob Woodward's biography of John Belushi. That was two and a half years ago, when there was a lot of publicity about cocaine abuse in show business. At the time, I thought that it was just a trend that would quickly die out and that the song would be out of date when it came time to record. But the situation has gotten worse. Maybe cocaine isn't quite as fashionable on the East and West Coasts these days, but the plague has spread into the heartland -- into the Middle West and the South. The key line in 'American Storm' is 'You never feel the need.' You never feel anything when you're on drugs. You're numb. You're afraid to feel for one reason or another, and that's why you turn to drugs. I want to see people not do that." [2]

Music video[edit]

The music video featured Lesley Ann Warren, James Woods, Randy Quaid and Scott Glenn.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles 26
UK Singles Chart 78
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 13
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[1] 2


  1. ^ a b c "Bob Seger > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved December 18, 2009 (2009-12-18).  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ The Pop Life - Bob Seger's view of life and loving