Like a Rock

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Like a Rock
Bob Seger - Like a Rock.jpg
Studio album by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Released April 1986
Recorded 1985-1986
Genre Rock
Length 43:55
Label Capitol
Producer Punch Andrews, David N. Cole, Bob Seger
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band chronology
The Distance
(1982)The Distance1982
Like a Rock
The Fire Inside
(1991)The Fire Inside1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Like a Rock is the thirteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Seger, released in 1986 (see 1986 in music). The title track is best known for being featured in Chevrolet truck commercials throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. "Fortunate Son" is a live cover of the 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival hit, recorded March 31, 1983 at Cobo Hall in Detroit. It was originally available only as the B-side of the American Storm single, and was added as a bonus track to the CD release of the album. The vinyl version ends with "Somewhere Tonight". The song "Miami" is featured in an episode of the TV series Miami Vice. This is the first studio album credited to "Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band" that doesn't feature the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section replacing the Silver Bullet Band on any tracks.

Despite having sold upward of three million US copies, it has never been certified above Platinum status.


The album was originally going to be named "American Storm" after the first track and was going to be released in December 1985, but it was delayed and the name was changed.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bob Seger, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "American Storm"   4:17
2. "Like a Rock"   5:56
3. "Miami"   4:40
4. "The Ring"   5:35
5. "Tightrope" Craig Frost, Seger 4:31
6. "The Aftermath" Frost, Seger 3:30
7. "Sometimes"   3:31
8. "It's You"   4:03
9. "Somewhere Tonight"   4:25
10. "Fortunate Son" John Fogerty 3:20


Silver Bullet Band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Drums & Percussion
  • Bill Payne - synthesizer, piano, keyboard on all tracks except "Tightrope"
  • David Cole - synthesizer on "It's You"
  • Gary Grant - trumpet on "Miami"
  • Gary Herbig - saxophone on "Miami"
  • Jerry Hey - trumpet on "Miami" "The Aftermath" "Sometimes"
  • Kim Hutchcroft - saxophone on "Miami" "Sometimes"
  • Bill Reichenbach Jr. - trombone on "Miami" "The Aftermath" "Sometimes"
  • Marc Russo - saxophone on "Miami" "The Aftermath" "Sometimes"
  • Ernie Watts - saxophone on "Miami" "The Aftermath" "Sometimes"
Additional vocals
  • Laura Creamer - background vocals on "Tightrope" "The Aftermath" "It's You" "Somewhere Tonight"
  • Mark Creamer - background vocals on "Tightrope" "The Aftermath" "It's You"
  • Donny Gerrard - background vocals on "Tightrope" "The Aftermath" "It's You" "Somewhere Tonight"
  • Don Henley - background vocals, harmony vocals "Miami"
  • Shaun Murphy - vocals & background vocals on "Tightrope," background vocals on "The Aftermath" "Somewhere Tonight," harmony vocals on "Sometimes" "It's You"
  • Timothy B. Schmit - background vocals "Miami"
  • The Weather Girls (Izora Armstead and Martha Wash) - background vocals on Like a rock, Tightrope and The Aftermath.


  • Producers: Punch Andrews, David N. Cole, Bob Seger
  • Engineers: David N. Cole, Greg Edward, Shelly Yakus
  • Assistant engineers: David Axelbaum, Bob Castle, Judy Clapp, Peter Doell, Steve Himelfarb
  • Mixing: Punch Andrews, David N. Cole, Bob Seger
  • Mastering: Wally Traugott
  • Horn arrangements: Jerry Hey, Alto Reed
  • Art direction: Bill Burks, Roy Kohara
  • Design: Mark Shoolery
  • Photography: Aaron Rapoport


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Billboard chart Peak
1986 Top 200 3

Singles and album tracks - Billboard (North America)

Year Song title Billboard chart Peak
1986 "American Storm" Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
Hot 100 13
"Fortunate Son" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
"It's You" Adult Contemporary 22
Mainstream Rock Tracks 8
Hot 100 52
"Like a Rock" Adult Contemporary 21
Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Hot 100 12
"Miami" Hot 100 70
"Tightrope" Mainstream Rock Tracks 35
"The Aftermath" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9


  1. ^ Chrispell, James. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band: Like a Rock > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  2. ^ Billboard, November 2, 1985