The Heart of Rock & Roll

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This article is about the song by Huey Lewis and the News. For their UK-released compilation album, see The Heart of Rock & Roll – The Best of Huey Lewis and The News. For the episode of the television series Fame, see The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll.
"The Heart of Rock & Roll"
The Heart of Rock & Roll Single.jpg
Single by Huey Lewis and the News
from the album Sports
B-side "Workin' for a Livin'" (Live)[1]
Released April 10, 1984
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1983
Genre Rock
Length 5:03 (Album version)
4:05 (Single version)
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Johnny Colla
Huey Lewis
Producer(s) Huey Lewis and the News
Huey Lewis and the News singles chronology
"I Want a New Drug"
(1984)
"The Heart of Rock & Roll"
(1984)
"If This Is It"
(1984)

"The Heart of Rock & Roll" is a song performed by Huey Lewis and the News, released as the third single from their album Sports in 1984. The single peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

History[edit]

The B-side to the single is a live version of "Workin' for a Livin'".[1]

Reception[edit]

Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic said that the reason "well over half the album" were hit singles is that they have "memorable hooks, driven home with economical precision by a tight bar band, who are given just enough polish to make them sound like superstars."[2] Christopher Connelly of Rolling Stone said "a fancy-pants sax solo and some moronic lyrics sabotage the spirited 'Heart of Rock & Roll' (it's still kicking, says Huey), which should have ended a minute and a half earlier."[3]

In April 2009, Blender magazine listed it sixth on its list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever".[4]

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984-1986) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[citation needed] 58
Canadian RPM 50 Singles[5][6] 8
German Singles Chart[7] 71
New Zealand Singles Chart[8] 21
UK Singles Chart[9] 78
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 6
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks[citation needed] 5
Chart (1986) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[11] 49

In Popular Culture[edit]

This song was heard in movies including F/X, Fire with Fire (1986 film).

This song was also heard on television shows including The Fall Guy, Hunter (U.S. TV Series), The A-Team, The Office (U.S. TV Series), and Coronation Street.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ultratop.be - Huey Lewis And The News - The Heart Of Rock & Roll". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Huey Lewis & the News: Sports > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Huey Lewis and the News: Sports : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  4. ^ "Run for Your Life! It's the 50 Worst Songs Ever!". blender.com. Alpha Media Group Inc. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  5. ^ "RPM Top Singles - Volume 40, No. 18, July 07 1984". Library and Archives Canada. collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "RPM Top Singles - Volume 40, No. 19, July 15, 1984". Library and Archives Canada. collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Huey Lewis And The News, The Heart Of Rock & Roll". charts.de. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "charts.org.nz - Huey Lewis And The News - The Heart Of Rock & Roll". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Chart Stats - Huey Lewis And The News - The Heart Of Rock 'N' Roll". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Huey Lewis - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Chart Stats - Huey Lewis And The News - The Heart Of Rock And Roll". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 

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