Just Tonight

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"Just Tonight"
The Pretty Reckless - Just Tonight.png
Single by The Pretty Reckless
from the album Light Me Up
Released December 23, 2010 (2010-12-23)
Format Digital download
Genre Alternative rock
Length 2:47
Label Interscope
Producer(s) Kato Khandwala
The Pretty Reckless singles chronology
"Miss Nothing"
"Just Tonight"
"Kill Me"

"Just Tonight" is a song by American rock band The Pretty Reckless from their debut studio album, Light Me Up (2010). Band members Taylor Momsen and Ben Phillips co-wrote the song with its producer, Kato Khandwala. It was released on December 23, 2010 as the third and final single from the album.


The release date for the single was originally announced as November 9, 2010 before being pushed back to December 13.[1] The release date was pushed back again to December 26, when it was released as a digital download.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

"Just Tonight" received mostly positive reviews from critics. Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave it four out of five stars, saying, "A song about being stuck in a flagging relationship may not tread any new lyrical ground, but when it's backed by a chunky pop/rock melody, thrashing guitars and oh-so smoky vocals, the result is more gratifying than that first sip of blue WKD round ya mate's".[3] Fraser McAlpine of BBC Radio 1's The Chart Blog gave the song four out of five stars, praising singer Momsen's vocals and describing the song as "a thoughtful, hurt sort of a song" that "plays straight—from the heart to the heart—and is all the better for it."[4] OddOne of Unreality Shout rated the song four-and-a-half out of five stars, calling it "just brilliant—there's hooks, emotion, thought-provoking lyrics, all topped off with a monstrous chorus that brings plenty of teenaged angst to proceedings".[5] In a less enthusiastic review, Rebecca Nicholson of The Guardian felt that the song "sounds like Evanescence doing a song for the sole reason of soundtracking an emotional scene on Grey's Anatomy".[6]

Live performances[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the band performed "Just Tonight" on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge and on Live from Studio Five on December 11, 2010.[7][8] In the United States, they performed the song on Lopez Tonight on February 11, 2011.[9]

Music video[edit]

The video for the song was directed by Meiert Avis,[10] who had directed the videos for the band's previous singles, "Make Me Wanna Die" and "Miss Nothing". The video was shot on location at the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, New York City,[10] and premiered on Vevo on November 2, 2010. It was featured as the "Free Music Video of the Week" in February 2011 on iTunes.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Just Tonight" – 2:47
  2. "Just Tonight" (acoustic version) – 3:04
  3. "Just Tonight" (music video) – 3:03

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Light Me Up.[13]

The Pretty Reckless
  • Taylor Momsen – vocals, backing vocals
  • Ben Phillips – guitar
  • Jamie Perkins – drums
Additional personnel
  • John Bender – backing vocals
  • Jon Cohan – drum technician
  • James Frazee – assistant engineering
  • Kato Khandwala – bass, engineering, guitar, mixing, percussion, production, programming, string arrangement
  • Michael "Mitch" Milan – assistant engineering


Chart (2010–11) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 163
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[15] 9
US Rock Digital Songs (Billboard)[16] 25

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Ireland December 23, 2010 Digital download Polydor [17]
United Kingdom December 26, 2010 [2]
France February 14, 2011 Universal [18]
Germany [19]


  1. ^ Copsey, Robert (October 26, 2010). "Pretty Reckless unveil new single, tour". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Just Tonight: The Pretty Reckless: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ Copsey, Robert (October 28, 2010). "The Pretty Reckless: 'Just Tonight'". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ McAlpine, Fraser (December 10, 2010). "The Pretty Reckless - 'Just Tonight'". The Chart Blog. BBC Radio 1. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ OddOne (January 2, 2011). "Single Review: The Pretty Reckless – 'Just Tonight'". Unreality Shout. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ Nicholson, Rebecca (December 11, 2010). "This week's new singles". The Guardian. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Live Lounge: The Pretty Reckless". BBC Radio 1. December 11, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Episode dated 11 December 2010". Live from Studio Five. December 11, 2010. Channel 5. 
  9. ^ "The Pretty Reckless with Taylor Momsen". Lopez Tonight. TBS. February 11, 2011. Archived from the original on February 13, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Avis, Meiert (April 7, 2012). "The Pretty Reckless "Just Tonight"". meiertavis.com. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ "The Pretty Reckless's "Just Tonight" Is iTunes Video Of The Week". The Audio Perv. February 23, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Just Tonight – EP by The Pretty Reckless". iTunes Store (GB). Apple. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  13. ^ Light Me Up (CD liner notes). The Pretty Reckless. Interscope Records. 2011. B0015304-02. 
  14. ^ "Chart Log UK: Rodney P. – The Pussycat Dolls". Zobbel. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-12-19" UK Rock Chart. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  16. ^ "The Pretty Reckless – Chart history: Rock Digital Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Just Tonight (2010) | The Pretty Reckless". 7digital (IE). Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Just Tonight: The Pretty Reckless: Téléchargements MP3" (in French). Amazon.fr. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Just Tonight: The Pretty Reckless: MP3-Downloads" (in German). Amazon.de. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 

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