All Night Long (All Night)

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"All Night Long (All Night)"
All Night Long All Night.jpg
7" cover
Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Can't Slow Down
B-side "Wandering Stranger"
Released August 31, 1983[1]
Format 7", 12"
Length 4:20 (Single edit)
6:19 (Album version)
Label Motown
Songwriter(s) Lionel Richie
Producer(s) Lionel Richie
James Anthony Carmichael
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"My Love"
"All Night Long (All Night)"
"Running with the Night"

"All Night Long (All Night)" is a hit single by American singer-songwriter Lionel Richie from 1983. Taken from his second solo album, Can't Slow Down, it combined Richie's soulful Commodores style with Caribbean influences. This new, more dance music, pop-inspired approach proved popular, as the single reached number one on three Billboard charts (pop, R&B and adult contemporary).[2] Richard Marx contributed backing vocals as an unknown until his 1987 debut album appeared.

In the UK, the song was kept off of the top spot by Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl", peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks.

The song lyrics were written primarily in English, but Richie has admitted in at least one press interview that "African" lyrics in the song, such as "Tom bo li de say de moi ya," and "Jambo jumbo," were in fact made-up gibberish of his own invention.[3] Richie has described these portions of the song as a "wonderful joke," written when he discovered that he lacked the time to hire a translator to contribute the foreign-language lyrics he wished to include in the song.[4]

The song has achieved massive popularity in the Middle East, where Richie is as well known, if not more than in his native U.S. The Independent has referred to Richie as "a phenomenon" over the past decade or so in nations such as Iran or Iraq, with "Hello" also achieving much success.[5]

Music video[edit]

An accompanying music video was produced by former Monkee and TV video pioneer Michael Nesmith and directed by Bob Rafelson.[6][7]

Notable performances[edit]

Richie performed the song at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Remix version[edit]

"All Night Long (All Night)"
All Night Long Lionel Ritchie and Guy Sebastian.jpg
Single by Lionel Richie featuring Guy Sebastian
Released 18 March 2011 [8]
Format digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop
Length 4:11
Songwriter(s) Lionel Richie
Producer(s) RedOne
Lionel Richie featuring Guy Sebastian singles chronology
"Just Go"
"All Night Long (All Night)"
"Endless Love"
Guy Sebastian singles chronology
"Who's That Girl"
(2010) Who's That Girl2010
"All Night Long"
(2011) All Night Long2011
"Don't Worry Be Happy"
(2011) Don't Worry Be Happy2011

Richie recorded a remix of the song with Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian in 2011. All proceeds went towards the Queensland floods and New Zealand earthquake appeal.[9] The re-recorded version was produced by RedOne[9] and was released to iTunes Stores in Australia and New Zealand on 18 and 16 March, respectively.[10][11]

It debuted on the New Zealand Singles Chart at number twelve on 21 March 2011[12] and on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart at number twenty-six on 28 March 2011.[13]


Puerto Rican Boyband Menudo would sing All Night Long during their live concerts with Charlie Masso singing the lead.

Part of the song was sampled in the post chorus of "Fuego", a song by The Cheetah Girls released in September 2007.

Parts of the song were used in "I Like It", a 2010 song composed by Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, and RedOne with samplings from Lionel Richie as 1983 classic is interpolated after the first and third choruses.[14][15] The release was a massive hit for Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull. The song was also included in Iglesias's album Euphoria.

In July 2016, it was sampled by the Tanzanian singer Diamond Platnumz in his song "Kidogo" that uses the "party, karambo, fiesta, forever" bit changing it to "[she got me] dancing, party, fiesta, forever". The single features additional vocals by the Nigerian duo P-Square.[16]


Original 1983 version

Chart (1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[17] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[18] 8
Germany (Official German Charts)[19] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[21] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[22] 3
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[23] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 8
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[26] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[27] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[28] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[29] 1

2011 version (featuring Guy Sebastian)

Chart (2011) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[13] 26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 12

See also[edit]


  1. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Database
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 492. 
  3. ^ Fleming, Kirsten (21 September 2013). "Five surprising facts about Richie's classic 'All Night Long'". New York Post. 
  4. ^ Id.
  5. ^ Sherwin, Adam (27 May 2013). "Lionel Richie hits big time again… as an Iraq 'n' roll star". The Independent. London. 
  6. ^ "Classic Motown: Lionel Richie". Archived from the original on 18 October 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "The Golden Age Of Music Video". Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  8. ^ " 'All Night Long (2011 Mix) [feat. Guy Sebastian]' by Lionel Richie (Australian Songs iTunes Chart)"
  9. ^ a b Adams, Cameron (26 February 2011) Lionel Richie and Guy Sebastian have teamed up to record a charity single for earthquake relief. The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 27 February 2011
  10. ^ "All Night Long (2011 Mix) feat. Guy Sebastian - Single". iTunes Store Australia. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "All Night Long (2011 Mix) feat. Guy Sebastian - Single". iTunes Store New Zealand. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  12. ^ a b " – Lionel Richie feat. Guy Sebastian – All Night Long 2011". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  13. ^ a b " – Lionel Richie feat. Guy Sebastian – All Night Long 2011". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  14. ^ Enrique Iglesias announces new single
  15. ^ Enrique Iglesias lanza su nueva canción 'I Like it' con Pitbull
  16. ^ Official video - Diamond Platnumz ft. P-Square - "Kidogo"
  17. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 Singles 1984". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 31 December 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  18. ^ " – Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  19. ^ " – Lionel Richie Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  20. ^ " – Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  21. ^ " – Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  22. ^ " – Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)". VG-lista. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  23. ^ { January 2018}
  24. ^ " – Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  25. ^ " – Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  26. ^ "Chart Stats - Lionel Richie - All Night Long (All Night)". UK Singles Chart. Chart Stats. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  27. ^ "Lionel Richie Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  28. ^ "Lionel Richie Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  29. ^ "Lionel Richie Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 March 2011.

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