This Night (Billy Joel song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"This Night"
This Night (Billy Joel single) coverart.jpg
Single by Billy Joel
from the album An Innocent Man
A-side"Leave a Tender Moment Alone" (U.S.)
B-side"I'll Cry Instead" (live)
ReleasedNovember 1984
GenrePop rock, doo-wop, crossover
Songwriter(s)Billy Joel, Ludwig van Beethoven
Producer(s)Phil Ramone
Billy Joel singles chronology
"Leave a Tender Moment Alone"
"This Night"
"Keeping the Faith"

"This Night" is a song by Billy Joel and the fifth single from his album An Innocent Man.

The basis of the song's chorus uses the second movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Pathétique Sonata.[1] Beethoven is credited as one of the song's writers on the sleeve of the album as "L.v. Beethoven".

The song, released as a single only in the UK and Japan, reached #78 on the UK Singles Chart and #88 on the Japanese Oricon Singles Chart. Joel has said in interviews that "This Night" was written about his brief relationship with supermodel Elle Macpherson, whom he dated just prior to second wife Christie Brinkley.

In the United States, "This Night" was the B-side of "Leave a Tender Moment Alone".

Track listing[edit]

7" single[edit]

  1. "This Night"
  2. "I'll Cry Instead" (live)

Japanese 7" single / CBS 07SP 722[edit]

  1. "This Night"
  2. "Careless talk"

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[2] 21
Japan Oricon Singles Chart 88
UK Singles Chart 78


  1. ^ Billy Joel (2016). Billy Joel Channel (Radio station). Sirius XM.
  2. ^ "Billy Joel - This Night". Retrieved 2012-09-17.

External links[edit]