The Stroke

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"The Stroke"
The Stroke (Billy Squier single - cover art).jpg
Single by Billy Squier
from the album Don't Say No
B-side "Two Daze Gone"
Released 1981
Genre Hard rock,[1] funk rock[2]
Length 3:38
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Billy Squier
Producer(s)
Billy Squier singles chronology
"The Stroke"
(1981)
"In the Dark"
(1981)

"The Stroke" is a song written and recorded by American rock artist Billy Squier. It was released in May 1981 as the debut single from his Triple Platinum album Don't Say No.

This was Squier's first single to chart, reaching No. 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[3] It was a bigger hit on rock radio, reaching No. 3 on the Top Tracks chart. It also reached the UK Singles Chart, rising to No. 52. It was named the 59th best hard rock song of all time' by VH1.[4]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 3
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 32
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 52
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 17
US Billboard Top Tracks[3] 3
US Cash Box Top 100[10] 17
US Record World[11] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Rank
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 41
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[12] 63
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 76

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Talevski, Nick (2006). Rock Obituaries – Knocking On Heaven's Door. Omnibus Press. p. 80. ISBN 978-1-8460-9091-2. Later joining Billy Squier's hard rock group in the late Seventies, [Bobby] Chouinard appeared on the hard-rock anthems 'Everybody Wants You', 'In The Dark', and 'The Stroke'. 
  2. ^ Elliott, Paul (May 30, 2016). "The Top 20 Greatest Funk Rock Songs". TeamRock. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Billy Squier – Awards at the Wayback Machine (archived November 4, 2014). AllMusic. All Media Network.
  4. ^ Winistorfer, Andrew (January 5, 2009). "VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs list only slightly less annoying than their hip-hop list". VH1. Prefix Magazine. Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Billy Squier – The Stroke" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0363." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  8. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Billy Squier – The Stroke". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  9. ^ "Billy Squier: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  10. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending AUGUST 22, 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived September 18, 2012). Cash Box magazine.
  11. ^ RECORD WORLD 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived July 15, 2004). Record World. Geocities.com.
  12. ^ "Top 100 Singles of 1981". RPM. Vol. 35 no. 22. December 26, 1981. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1981". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  14. ^ Russell, Alex (August 27, 2013). "Listen: Eminem "Berzerk" (Prod. By Rick Rubin)". Complex. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 

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