Night Songs

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Night Songs
Cinderella NightSongs.jpg
Studio album by Cinderella
Released August 2, 1986 (1986-08-02)
Recorded 1985-1986
Length 36:05
Label Mercury (USA)
Vertigo (Europe)
Producer Andy Johns
Cinderella chronology
Night Songs
Long Cold Winter
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[5]

Night Songs is the debut studio album by American rock band Cinderella. It was released in 1986 through Mercury Records in America and Vertigo Records in Europe.


Night Songs sold several million copies due to a combination of Cinderella's breakthrough single "Nobody's Fool", MTV airplay, and an opening slot on labelmates Bon Jovi's tour, in support of their album Slippery When Wet.

The album peaked at #3 on the US charts on February 7, 1987,[6] and was certified double platinum for shipping 2 million copies there twelve days later. In May 1991, it was certified triple platinum, having shipped 3 million copies.[7]

Leadoff single "Shake Me" failed to chart, but "Nobody's Fool" cracked the Top 20, reaching #13. Third single "Somebody Save Me" went to #66. On May 4, 1987, Cinderella filmed parts of their concert in Philadelphia. These live songs were, along with their three MTV videos, released on home video in August 1987 on Night Songs: The Videos.

On the VH1 program That Metal Show, Night Songs was rated #5 on the show's "top five worst album covers on great albums" list. Eddie Trunk stated that the cover was not that bad, it was just misleading, as it put forward a glam metal image, but the songs inside were classic hard rock and heavy metal.[8] According to some rock/metal critics, Night Songs is considered a heavy metal album. After Night Songs, the band went in a more hard rock/blues rock direction.[2]

In the episode "How I Met Everyone Else" of the How I Met Your Mother series, Ted is seen wearing a Night Songs album T-shirt during flashback scenes.

In October 2014 for her birthday, guitarist Tom Keifer presented Lzzy Hale of Halestorm with the costume jewelry pin he wore on his right shoulder for the Night Songs album cover. Hale subsequently wore the pin on her right hip on the album cover for Halestorm's 2015 Into the Wild Life, to include a touch of tradition.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tom Keifer.

  1. "Night Songs" - 4:12
  2. "Shake Me" - 3:44
  3. "Nobody's Fool" - 4:49
  4. "Nothin' for Nothin'" - 3:33
  5. "Once Around the Ride" - 3:22
  6. "Hell on Wheels" - 2:49
  7. "Somebody Save Me" - 3:16
  8. "In from the Outside" - 4:07
  9. "Push, Push" - 2:52
  10. "Back Home Again" - 3:30



  • Tom Keifer - vocals, guitar, piano
  • Jeff LaBar - guitar (lead guitar)
  • Eric Brittingham - bass
  • Albie "Al" Barker - Drums, percussion
  • Jim Drnec - drums (initial sessions)[10]

Additional musicians[edit]


  • Produced, Recorded, Engineered & Mixed By Andy Johns
  • Assistant Recording & Mix Engineers: David Glover, Joe Hauserman, Mark McKenna, Nick DiDia, Paul Wertheimer
  • Mark "Weissguy" Weiss - Album Cover Photography (conspicuously posed photo)

Charts and certifications[edit]


Year Single Billboard Hot 100[12] Mainstream Rock
1986 Shake Me 41
Nobody's Fool 13 25
1987 Somebody Save Me 66 37


  1. ^ Karlin, Susan (1986-10-11). "Cinderella Has A Ball - philly-archives". Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Metal Rules". Metal Rules. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  3. ^ Steve Huey. "Night Songs - Cinderella | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  4. ^ Night Songs at AllMusic
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Night Songs - Cinderella |". Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "American album certifications – Cinderella – Night Songs". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  8. ^ "Latest Music News". VH1. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  9. ^ "Tom Keifer Gifts Lzzy Hale With Pin From 'Night Songs' Cover". Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  10. ^ a b Paul Gallotta. "Circus 12-1986 : Cinderella". Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  11. ^ a b c "Cinderella - Night Songs CD Album". 1990-10-25. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  12. ^ "Cinderella Album & Song Chart History |". Retrieved 16 May 2011. 

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