Rock This Town

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This article is about the song. For other uses, see Rock This Town (disambiguation).
"Rock This Town"
Rock This TownUK45.jpg
Single by Stray Cats
from the album Stray Cats / Built for Speed
B-side "You Can't Hurry Love"
Released January 29, 1981 (UK)
August 31, 1982 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded 1981
Genre Rockabilly
Label Arista (UK)
EMI America (U.S.)
Writer(s) Brian Setzer
Producer(s) Dave Edmunds
Alternative covers
US 7" single cover

"Rock This Town" is a song by the Stray Cats from their UK debut album Stray Cats. Its first US release was on the 1982 album Built for Speed. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of September 18, 1982, and peaked at No. 9, becoming the first of the band's three Top 10 hits in the US.[1] It had also previously reached this position on the UK Singles Chart in 1981.[citation needed]

The song was listed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll.[citation needed]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 9
US Billboard Hot 100 9

Use in media[edit]

The song was used in the 2006 video game Cars.[3]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ " – Stray Cats – Rock This Town" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  3. ^ "Cars", IMDb, June 5, 2006, retrieved September 10, 2016 

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