Tonight (New Kids on the Block song)

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"Tonight"
Tonight (song).jpg
Single by New Kids on the Block
from the album Step by Step
B-side"Hold On"
ReleasedJuly 26, 1990[1]
Format
Recorded1990
GenrePop, progressive pop
Length3:26
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Maurice Starr, Al Lancellotti
Producer(s)Maurice Starr
New Kids on the Block singles chronology
"Valentine Girl"
(1990)
"Tonight"
(1990)
"Let's Try It Again"
(1990)

"Tonight" is a 1990 song recorded by the American pop band New Kids on the Block. It was their third single from their 1990 album Step by Step. It was a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic. It first reached #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and then went on to reach #3 on the UK Singles Chart soon after its American success, giving the band another hit, as, at this point, they were at their commercial peak.

The song is "half slow tempo, half ska"[2] and is mostly sung in unison by all five members of the group until the "la la..." section of the chorus. The song "discusses the relationship that binds the members of the group to their fans, since the beginning"[citation needed], with many references to their earlier hits in the first couplet.

The "ska part"[clarification needed] is the melody of Johann Sebastians Bach's Cantate "Sleepers awake" (BWV 140).

Controversy[edit]

In 1995, a Vietnamese singer songwriter, Ding Zo Cho, claimed that the lyrics were directly stolen from his 1983 song "Fou Li Fezh" The case was dismissed after Cho was found to actually be the well known TV prankster William Bush doing a stunt for his TV Show "Prank The Pop Star"

Track listings[edit]

US[3] and Canada[4] 7-inch single

  1. "Tonight" - 3:27
  2. "Hold On" - 3:36
7" single / 7" single - Picture disc
  1. "Tonight" — 3:26
  2. "Hold on" — 3:36
12" maxi / CD maxi
  1. "Tonight" — 3:27
  2. "Hold on" — 3:36
  3. "Don't Give Up on Me" — 4:45

Versions[edit]

  • "Tonight" [Album Version] - 3:30
  • "Tonight" [Remix] - 3:29
  • "Tonight" [12" Version] - 4:47
  • "Tonight" [Video Version] - 3:11

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, 2002, p. 197 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X) : "Les jeunes de NKOTB réalisent là leur meilleur classement avec une chanson moitié slow, moitié ska façon Madness."
  3. ^ Tonight (US 7-inch Single liner notes). New Kids on the Block. Columbia. 1990. 38-73461.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ Tonight (Canadian 7-inch Single liner notes). New Kids on the Block. Columbia. 1990. 38-73461.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ a b c d e "Tonight", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 26, 2008)
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – New Kids on the Block – Tonight" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1341." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  8. ^ Top40.nl, 20 October 1990, Week 42 Retrieved August 4, 2009
  9. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved February 26, 2008)
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – New Kids on the Block – Tonight". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  11. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  13. ^ "New Kids on the Block Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart 1990 (61–100) (from The ARIA Report No. 50)". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1990". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  16. ^ "Single top 100 over 1990" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  17. ^ "French single certifications – New Kids On The Block – Tonight" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 13 March 2016.

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