Lonely Is the Night

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"Lonely is the Night"
Song by Billy Squier
from the album Don't Say No
Released 1981
Length 4:42[1]
Label Capitol Records
Songwriter(s) Billy Squier
Producer(s) Reinhold Mack and Billy Squier

"Lonely Is the Night" is a song written and performed by American rock singer and guitarist Billy Squier.[1] It appeared as the first track on Side 2 of his Triple Platinum 1981 album Don't Say No[2] and became an AOR (Album Oriented Rock) radio hit, reaching number 28 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1981.[3]

Squier has performed "Lonely Is the Night" live with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.[4]

In the Led Zeppelin biography "Hammer of the Gods" the song is mentioned, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, as one of the best singles Zeppelin ever put out, presumably for its similarity to another Led Zeppelin song. Although it doesn't specify what song that is,[5] the song's tune is similar to "Nobody's Fault but Mine". Led Zeppelin had disbanded a year before the song's release due to Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham's death.[6]

Use in media[edit]

This song has been used in both Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s and Guitar Hero 5.

In the film Couples Retreat, this song is used when two of the characters compete with each other in a Guitar Hero battle.

This song is used in the Then and Now recap at the beginning of Supernatural episode 4.02, "Are You There God? It's Me, Dean Winchester".

The song appears on fictional radio station Los Santos Rock Radio in the video game Grand Theft Auto V.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
US Billboard Rock Tracks 28


  1. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/song/lonely-is-the-night-t2767116
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Don't Say No - Billy Squier". AllMusic. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Billy Squier: Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Beatles fans flock to Ringo Starr and All-Starr Band gig at Niagara". Cape Breton Post. June 21, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ Davis 1997, p. 268
  6. ^ Epstein, Dan (June 23, 2016). "12 Artists Who Ripped Off Led Zeppelin". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 


  • Davis, Stephen (1997). Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga. Boulevard. ISBN 1-57297-306-4. 

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