Shame on the Moon

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"Shame on the Moon"
Single by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
from the album The Distance
B-side"House Behind the House"
ReleasedDecember 14, 1982
GenreRock, country rock
Songwriter(s)Rodney Crowell
Producer(s)Jimmy Iovine
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band singles chronology
"Feel Like a Number"
"Shame on the Moon"
"Even Now"
"Feel Like a Number"
"Shame on the Moon"
"Even Now"

"Shame on the Moon" is a song written by Rodney Crowell and first recorded for his eponymous 1981 album. It was subsequently covered by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, as the lead single from their 1982 album The Distance.

Glenn Frey joins Seger on background harmony vocals on the song. The song spent four weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and topped the adult contemporary chart.[1] The song also went to number 15 on the country chart in early 1983, marking Seger's only Top 40 entry on that chart.[2] Tanya Tucker also covered the song, for her 1983 album Changes.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that "his trademark acoustic guitar sets the tone, followed by an easygoing vocal and loping rhythm."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982-1983) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report 38[4]
Canadian RPM Top Singles 8
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 10
French Singles Chart 58
German Singles Chart 50
New Zealand Singles Chart 24
South African Singles Chart 15
Spanish Singles Chart 27
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 2
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[6] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 15

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 218.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 308.
  3. ^ Billboard, December 18, 1982
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "Bob Seger Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Bob Seger Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Bob Seger Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.