The Rhythm of the Night

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"The Rhythm of the Night"
Corona - Rhythm of the Night single.png
Single by Corona
from the album The Rhythm of the Night
Released1993
Format
GenreEurodance[1][2]
Length4:24
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Francesco Bontempi
Corona singles chronology
"The Rhythm of the Night"
(1993)
"Baby Baby"
(1995)

"The Rhythm of the Night" is a song by the Italian Eurodance group Corona, released in late 1993 as the lead single from their 1995 debut studio album The Rhythm of the Night. It was written by Francesco Bontempi, Annerley Emma Gordon, Giorgio Spagna, Pete Glenister and Mike Gaffey, and produced by Bontempi. The vocals for this song were performed by Italian singer "Giovanna Bersola", better known by her stage name Jenny B, although she is not credited in the single and does not appear in the music video.[3] The woman who appears in the video is Brazilian-born singer Olga Souza.[4]

Release[edit]

"The Rhythm of the Night" achieved huge success worldwide. It reached number one in Italy and stayed there for eight consecutive weeks.[5] In Europe the single entered the Eurochart Hot 100 on 12 February at number 63, and made a slow climb up to peak at five on 17 September. In the end of 1994 it was the longest-charting single on the Eurochart Hot 100. It peaked within the top-ten in a total of 14 countries: Australia, Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it reached number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard wrote about the song: "Recent No. 1 U.K./European hit is finally issued domestically, and it already appears to be on the road to meeting with similar success here. Thumping Italo disco beats support glossy faux-rave synths and a diva vocal that is forceful without being overly aggressive. A wildly catchy and repetitive chorus already has begun to woo radio programmers in several major markets on import."[6]

The Gavin Report wrote: "Key programmers are catching on to this one and fast-for one very good reason: It's hot! Coming off a number one run in the U.K., Corona is set up to blowout Stateside."[7]

Music & Media wrote: "Nocturnal dance party animals and daytime radio programmers sweat to the pulsating Euro beat. When the mistress of seduction hits the mike, only a glass of Corona can cool you down."[8]

Airplay[edit]

Corona in "The Rhythm of the Night" music video.

"The Rhythm of the Night" entered the European airplay chart Border Breakers at 21 on 9 April due to crossover airplay in West-, Central-, North- and South West-Europe (also after topping the Italian charts for 8 weeks). It peaked at number 4 on 5 November.[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video of "The Rhythm of the Night" was directed by Italian director Giacomo De Simone. De Simone also directed music videos for many other Eurodance acts, like Corona, Ice MC and Whigfield.

Impact and legacy[edit]

In 2013, Vibe placed "The Rhythm of the Night" at number 9 in their list of "Before EDM: 30 Dance Tracks from the '90s That Changed the Game".[10] In 2014, Idolator ranked it number 25 on their ranking of "The 50 Best Pop Singles of 1994".[11] And in 2017 BuzzFeed listed the song at number 2 in the "The 101 Greatest Dance Songs of the '90s" list in 2017. They wrote: ""The Rhythm of the Night" is not only a song, it's a lifestyle. It's a triumph. A feeling. Pure joy. This song will take you places!!"[12]

Accolades[edit]

Year Publisher Country Accolade Rank
2011 MTV Dance United Kingdom "The 100 Biggest 90's Dance Anthems of All Time"[13] 98
2013 Vibe United States "Before EDM: 30 Dance Tracks from the '90s That Changed the Game"[10] 9
2014 Idolator United States "The 50 Best Pop Singles of 1994"[11] 25
2017 BuzzFeed United States "The 101 Greatest Dance Songs of the '90s"[14] 2

(*) indicates the list is unordered.

Charts and sales[edit]

Track listings[edit]

Original version[edit]

CD single

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (radio edit) (4:24)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (club mix) (5:31)

7" single

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Rapino Brothers radio version)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Original Italian club mix)

12" maxi – Italy, Spain, Germany

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (club mix) (5:31)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (radio edit) (4:20)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (RBX E.U.R.O. mix) (5:05)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (extended 2# groove mix) (5:30)
  5. "The Rhythm of the Night" (a capella) (5:25)

12" maxi – UK

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Luvdup Burning Bush vocal mix) (7:59)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Luvdup Tequila On A Spoon mix) (5:57)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Rapino Brothers Let's Get Fizzical piano mix) (5:06)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Lee Marrow remix) (6:24)
12" maxi – US
  1. "Rhythm of the Night" (R.B.X. Euro mix) (5:05)
  2. "Rhythm of the Night" (Rapino Brothers "Let's Get Fizzical" piano mix) (5:06)
  3. "Rhythm of the Night" (Lee Marrow remix) (6:24)
  4. "Rhythm of the Night" (Luvdup "Burning Bush" vocal mix) (7:59)
  5. "Rhythm of the Night" (new extended remix) (7:34)

CD maxi – Germany

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (radio edit) (4:20)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (club mix) (5:31)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (RBX Euro mix) (5:05)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (ext.2 groove mix) (5:30)
  5. "The Rhythm of the Night" (a cappella) (5:31)

CD maxi – US

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Rapino Brothers "Let's Get Fizzical" piano mix) (5:06)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Luvdup "Burning Bush" vocal mix) (7:59)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (R.B.X. Euro mix) (5:05)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Lee Marrow remix) (6:24)
  5. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Space remix) (6:29)

CD maxi – UK

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Rapino Brothers radio version) (3:33)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Luvdup 'Burning Bush' vocal mix) (7:59)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Rapino Brothers 'Lets Get Fizzical' piano mix) (5:06)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Lee Marrow remix) (6:24)
  5. "The Rhythm of the Night" (extended Italian remix) (5:59)
  6. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Luvdup 'Tequila On A Spoon' dub) (5:57)
  7. "The Rhythm of the Night" (R.B.X. Euro mix) (4:50)

CD maxi – Italy, Canada

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (radio edit) (4:20)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (club mix) (5:31)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Space remix) (6:29)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Lee Marrow remix) (6:30)
  5. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Mephisto remix) (4:41)
  6. "The Rhythm of the Night" (new extended remix) (7:34)
  7. "The Rhythm of the Night" (R.B. X. Euro mix) (5:05)

CD maxi – France

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (radio edit) (4:24)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (club mix) (5:31)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (RBX E.U.R.O. mix) (5:08)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (extended 2° groove mix) (5:34)

CD maxi – Australia

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (radio edit) (4:24)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Space remix) (6:30)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Lee Marrow remix) (6:32)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (new extended remix) (7:30)

Remixes version[edit]

12" maxi 1 – Italy

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Space remix) (6:29)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Space remix) (6:29)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (new extended remix) (7:34)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (club groove extended remix) (6:56)

12" maxi 2 – Italy, Spain

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Lee Marrow remix) (6:30)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Lee Marrow airplay edit) (4:22)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Mephisto remix) (4:41)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (R.B.X. mix) (5:05)

12" maxi – UK Remixes – Italy

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (extended mix / Rapino Bros) (5:09)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (7" single mix) (3:33)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Burning Bush vocal mix) (8:02)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Dub Mix Tequila With A Spoon) (5:58)
  5. "The Rhythm of the Night" (original version) (5:31)

12" maxi – Spain

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Space rmx featuring Ice MC) (6:29)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Space rmx) (6:29)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (new extended remix) (7:34)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (club groove rmx) (6:50)

12" maxi – Germany

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Space rmx) (6:29)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Red Light remix) (7:34)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (club groove extended mix) (5:56)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Lee Marrow rmx) (6:30)

12" maxi 1 – Canada

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (club mix) (5:30)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (R.B.X. Euro mix) (5:05)
  3. "Take Control" – by DJ Bobo (club dance mix) (5:56)
  4. "Move Your Feet" – by DJ Bobo (dance mix) (3:45)

12" maxi 2 – Canada

  1. "Think About the Way" – by Ice MC (extended mix) (7:08)
  2. "Think About the Way" – by Ice MC (radio mix) (4:16)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Lee Marrow remix) (6:30)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Mark Roberts Rampage! remix) (7:09)

CD maxi – Germany

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (space rmx feat. Ice MC) (6:29)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Red Light rmx) (7:34)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (club groove extended rmx) (5:56)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Lee Marrow rmx) (6:30)
  5. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Mephisto rmx) (4:41)
  6. "The Rhythm of the Night" (R.B.X. Euro mix) (5:05)
  7. "The Rhythm of the Night" (original single mix) (4:20)

CD maxi – Original Italian mixes – UK

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (original radio version – UK edit) (4:08)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (R.B.X. Euro mix) (5:05)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (new extended remix) (7:34)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Space remix) (6:29)

CD maxi – France

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Lee Marrow airplay edit) (4:22)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Lee Marrow remix) (6:30)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Mephisto remix) (4:41)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (RBX E.U.R.O. mix) (5:05)

CD maxi – UK Remixes – Germany

  1. "The Rhythm of the Night" (7" single version) (3:33)
  2. "The Rhythm of the Night" (extended mix / Rapino Bros) (5:09)
  3. "The Rhythm of the Night" (Burning Bush vocal mix) (8:02)
  4. "The Rhythm of the Night" (dub mix Tequila With A Spoon) (5:58)
  5. "The Rhythm of the Night" (original version) (5:31)

Cover versions[edit]

Cascada version[edit]

"The Rhythm of the Night"
The Rhythm of the Night (Remixes) - EP.jpg
Single by Cascada
from the album The Best of Cascada
Released22 June 2012
FormatDigital download
Recorded2012
Length3:20
LabelZooland Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Cascada singles chronology
"Summer of Love"
(2012)
"The Rhythm of the Night"
(2012)
"Glorious"
(2013)

On 24 May 2012, Natalie Horler announced via Facebook that a new single of dance group Cascada was coming up. On 2 June, Horler performed the song in a bar opening, and then the speculation that the song would be the new single begun. On 9 June, the single was set in Amazon for pre-order. On 22 June, the single was released along with the music video. The song was included on their compilation album, The Best of Cascada (2013).

Track list[edit]

Digital download[49]

  1. "The Rhythm Of The Night" (radio edit) – 3:22
  2. "The Rhythm Of The Night" (Crew Cardinal radio edit) – 3:35
  3. "The Rhythm Of The Night" (Ryan T. & Rick M. radio edit) – 3:58
  4. "The Rhythm Of The Night" (extended mix) – 4:44
  5. "The Rhythm Of The Night" (Crew Cardinal remix) – 5:50
  6. "The Rhythm Of The Night" (Ryan T. & Rick M. remix) – 5:43

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Iulian Moga, the Romanian film director noted for making music videos. It was released on 22 June, first to those who had 'liked' Cascada's official page on Facebook, then on general release. The video features rapper Nicci, singing his part of the song, and Horler in a yellow jacket, rocking a rich old woman's mansion. The party in the house also comes with police officers, that turn out to be strippers.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[50] 9
ID is MANDATORY FOR GERMAN CHARTS 26
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[51] 22

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Canada 22 June 2012 Digital download Zooland
Germany 22 June 2012[49]
United States 22 June 2012

Other cover versions[edit]

In 2008, the song was covered by Hermes House Band, and reached number 16 in France and number 55 in Germany.[52] This version of the song was performed in October 2010 by UK X Factor finalists on the live show. In 2013, British band Bastille recorded "Of the Night", a medley of "The Rhythm of the Night" and "Rhythm Is a Dancer" by Snap!.[1]

Hattie Webb from the Webb Sisters covered the song; her version was featured on the McDonald's advert campaign "We Are Awake"[53] and her EP "Mouth of the Sea" released on 11 November 2016.[54]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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