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"We've Got Tonite"
Single by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
from the album Stranger in Town
B-side "Aint Got No Money"
Released October 1978
Format 7" Vinyl
Recorded December 1976
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:38(Album version)/ 3:40 (Single edit)
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Bob Seger
Producer(s) Bob Seger, Punch Andrews, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band singles chronology
"Hollywood Nights"
(1978)
"We've Got Tonite"
(1978)
"Old Time Rock and Roll"
(1979)

"We've Got Tonite" (sic) is a song written by American Bob Seger, from his 1978 album Stranger in Town. It was a hit single for Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, reaching No. 13 on the U.S. pop charts. In the UK, it reached No. 41 in 1979, later making it to No. 22 during a 1995 re-release to promote a Greatest Hits album, while in 1982 a live version from the in-concert album Nine Tonight reached No. 60.

It also played in the background of Melissa Sue Anderson's 1979 TV film Survival of Dana, in a scene where Anderson's character was visiting one of her new friends' homes and was in a room with co-star Robert Carradine's character Donny Davis, whom she was falling for.[1] In Season 4, episode 4 of Ray Donovan, Liev Schreiber sings a karaoke version of the song, then a reprise to his wife as the episode ends.

Chart performance

Weekly charts

Chart (1979) Peak
Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 31
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 9
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[4] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 12
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[6] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 41
US Billboard Hot 100 [8] 13
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[9] 29
US Cash Box Top 100[10] 11

Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton version

"We've Got Tonight"
Single by Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton
from the album We've Got Tonight and Best Kept Secret
B-side "You Are So Beautiful"
Released January 24, 1983
Format 7" Vinyl
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:49
Label Liberty
Writer(s) Bob Seger
Producer(s) David Foster
Kenny Rogers singles chronology
"A Love Song"
(1982)
"We've Got Tonight"
(1983)
"All My Life"
(1983)
Sheena Easton singles chronology
"I Wouldn't Beg for Water"
(1982)
"We've Got Tonight"
(1983)
"Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)"
(1983)

In 1983, country-pop star Kenny Rogers recorded the song as a duet with pop star Sheena Easton, and made it the title track of his album We've Got Tonight. It reached number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart, number six on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, and number two on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It also reached the top 30 in the United Kingdom.[18]

Personnel

Chart performance

Succession chart

Preceded by
"When I'm Away from You"
by The Bellamy Brothers
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

April 9, 1983
Succeeded by
"Dixieland Delight"
by Alabama
Preceded by
"I Wouldn't Change You If I Could"
by Ricky Skaggs
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

April 9-April 16, 1983
Preceded by
"Heart to Heart "
by Kenny Loggins
RPM Adult Contemporary
number-one single

March 19-March 26, 1983
Succeeded by
"All Right"
by Christopher Cross


Ronan Keating duet version

"We've Got Tonight"
Single by Lulu & Ronan Keating
from the album Together (Lulu)
Destination (Ronan Keating)
Released 25 November 2002
Format CD single
Genre Pop
Length 3:39
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Bob Seger
Producer(s) Bill Padley
Lulu & Ronan Keating singles chronology
"I Love It When We Do"
(2002)
"We've Got Tonight"
(2002)
"The Long Goodbye"
(2003)

"We've Got Tonight" was remade by Lulu and Ronan Keating for Together a 2002 album release featuring Lulu with a number of diverse duet partners: the track, also featured on Keating's album Destination, was issued as a single - credited to "Ronan Keating featuring Lulu" - reaching #4 UK and becoming an international hit reaching #7 in the Netherlands, #12 in Australia, #14 in Belgium, #10 in Ireland, #25 in Sweden and #46 in New Zealand. In some territories the single was released with Lulu's vocal replaced by that of Jeanette Biedermann: credited to "Ronan Keating featuring Jeanette" the track was a hit in Austria (#6), Germany (#7) and Switzerland (#25). In Italy the track was issued with the Italian Soul singer Giorgia Todrani as Keating's duet partner but failed to chart. This track is also featured on Keating's album "Destination". In the Philippines, Keating performed the song with Kyla.

Track listing

UK Single
  1. "We've Got Tonight" (Feat. Lulu) - 3:39
  2. "All I Have Is My Heart" - 3:50
  3. "In the Ghetto" (Live) - 3:13
  4. "We've Got Tonight" (Video) - 4:15
German Single
  1. "We've Got Tonight" (Feat. Jeanette) - 3:39
  2. "Sea of Love" - 3:14
  3. "All I Have Is My Heart" - 3:50
  4. "In the Ghetto" (Live) - 3:13
Italian Single
  1. "We've Got Tonight" (Feat. Giorgia) - 3:39
  2. "All I Have Is My Heart" - 3:50

Chart performance

Other versions

Elkie Brooks recorded "We've Got Tonight" for her 1986 No More the Fool album from which it was released as a single in July 1987, it reached 69 in the UK charts.

American Idol Season 11 contestant and eventual winner Phillip Phillips performed "We've Got Tonight" on the series episode broadcast May 16, 2012: his studio recording of the song appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 at #97.

Amii Stewart and Gianni Morandi had a #5 hit in Italy in 1984 with "Grazie perché" [Thanks because] which is an Italian rendering of "We've Got Tonight".

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