We've Got Tonite

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"We've Got Tonite"
WeveGotTonite.jpg
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 Easy Listening, soft rock
Length 4:38 (album version)
3:40 (single edit)
Label Capitol
Songwriter(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)

"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 US 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 in Los Angeles 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[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 11
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 9
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[4] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 13
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[edit]

"We've Got Tonight"
WGT KennyRogers UK.jpg
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
Length 3:49
Label Liberty
Songwriter(s) Bob Seger
Producer(s) David Foster
Kenny Rogers singles chronology
"A Love Song"
(1982)
"We've Got Tonight"
(1983)
"All My Life"
(1983)

"A Love Song"
(1982)
"We've Got Tonight"
(1983)
"All My Life"
(1983)
Sheena Easton singles chronology
"I Wouldn't Beg for Water"
(1982) I Wouldn't Beg for Water1982
"We've Got Tonight"
(1983) We've Got Tonight1983
"Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)"
(1983) Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)1983

In 1983, American country-pop star Kenny Rogers recorded the song as a duet with Scottish 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.[17]

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Ronan Keating duet version[edit]

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

"I Love It When We Do"
(2002)
"We've Got Tonight"
(2002)
"The Long Goodbye"
(2003)

"We've Got Tonight" was remade by Irish singer Ronan Keating and Scottish singer Lulu for Keating's second studio album Destination and Lulu's twelfth studio album Together. Keating and Lulu's version reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and become an international hit, reaching number 7 in the Netherlands, number 10 in Ireland, and number 12 in Australia. In some territories, the single was released with Lulu's vocal replaced by that of German entertainer Jeanette Biedermann's; this rendition was a hit in German-speaking countries. In Italy, the track was issued with the Italian soul singer Giorgia Todrani and published as the B-side of Giorgia's single "Gocce di memoria", and in the Philippines, Keating performed the song with Kyla.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

UK single

  1. "We've Got Tonight" (featuring 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" (featuring 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" (featuring Giorgia) – 3:39
  2. "All I Have Is My Heart" – 3:50

Charts[edit]

Other versions[edit]

La Noche Y Tú ("We've Got Tonight"), from "Todo Me Recuerda A Ti" a duet with Sheena Easton & Dyango, a Spanish vocalist. It is a cover of Easton's English-language version of the same song, in which she duetted with Kenny Rogers.

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 number 97.

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

Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole covered the song on their album, The Great Country Songbook Volume 2 (2017).

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