A vast number of rock songs have been written about the night. The dark, twilight and midnight are all popular subjects for many great hit tunes. I began thinking of just how many there were. If you are planning a night theme party or just want some cool midnight, after dark songs, I have made a really fun play list. Here are my best “songs about the night” choices.
1. Rockin’ Into The Night – 38 Special. This classic rock tune is a teenage favorite of mine. I grew up listening to 38 Special and this song was played by my generation on so many fun filled nights. It really starts a night party off right. A groovy rocking tune.
2. One Of These Nights – The Eagles. This well known rock tune is a fabulously fun ode to the night. “The full moon is calling and the fever is high” are some lyrics from this big hit. It is one of my favorite songs of the night music picks. “Gonna get ya baby, one of these nights!” You have to love that.
3. Night Moves – Bob Seger. Oh, this one goes way back but, it is wonderful. It tells a story of teen love and lust in the night. “Workin’ on our night moves.” Yes, we were. This is a night theme party song favorite of many. Bob is one of the best. This song was such a big hit in it’s day. Very worthy of fun in the dark.
4. Sunglasses At Night – Corey Hart. “I wear my sunglasses at night” is a memorable lyric from this cool tune. I will always think of this hit song while partying at night. Just don’t try to drive with them on. I love this song.
5. Livin’ after Midnight – Judas Priest. This is a classic rock song about midnight and one of my very favorites. Judas or Rob Halford sings it like no other. This is a must play at parties, well, after midnight. Of course. Rock on until the dawn with this one!
6. Twilight Zone – Golden Earring. From start to finish, this song is a twilight rock song winner. It grooves, it has a fantastic beat and it helps celebrate the night. It is a rock classic.
7. Night Train – Guns N Roses. This heavy metal song will wake everyone up, for sure. It is way cool, sharp and it will roll over and into your ears just like a train. A night train. Look out, stand back and enjoy. “We’re on the night train, never to return.” Well, hopefully, we will make it back, just before dawn. This song has very creative lyrics. I love it.
8. Midnight Rambler – The Rolling Stones. This is a “songs about the night” must play favorite. It is a funky rock tune. A true Stones classic. Perfect in every way. All will enjoy this one. Or go home. Either way, it should be heard. At midnight.
9. Still Of The Night – Whitesnake. This is a great song that is pure rock. “In the still of the night, I hear the wolf howl, honey, creeping around your door. In the still of the night, I feel my heart beat heavy, telling me I gotta have more.” Those song lyrics let you know that it is indeed night. This is a special night song party choice for those who love to rock in the still of the night.
10. Rock N Roll All Night – Kiss. This Kiss rock band classic is a perfect night party song choice. Who doesn’t want to rock and roll all night? Alrighty, then. Party on! “You keep on dancing, you keep on dancing!”
11. Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money. I absolute love this song and I always will. It is a cool and fun night time song pick. It is also a classic. Very memorable and special. “Take me home tonight. I don’t wanna let you go ‘˜til I see the light.” Perfect.
12. Shadows Of The Night – Pat Benatar. Pat sings this song with such style and sincerity. We indeed become one with the shadows of the night, sometimes. The “songs about night” play list just wouldn’t be right without this one.
13. Heartache Tonight – The Eagles. This one is a classic Eagles song and it was a huge hit. “There’s gonna be a heartache tonight, yes, I know.” We all know. Still, we have to try. I really like the lyrics of this tune. They stay with you. The rousing beat is unforgettable. “Somebody’s gonna hurt someone, before the night is through.” Let’s hope not.
14. Night Crawler – Judas Priest. This song is worthy of a Stephen King movie. It is loud, scary and it tells a creepy tale about the night crawler. Hint. He is not of insect variety. He is hell on a motorcycle. “Straight outta hell. One of a kind. Stalking his victims. Don’t look behind you. Night crawler. Beware the beast.” Those lyrics let you know that something bad is coming. This song is exciting, thrilling and almost like taking a roller coaster ride. A ride through a haunted house. A good scary movie made of music. You get the picture. You must love heavy metal music to love this song. It’s gonna get you. It is indeed one of a kind night music. If your party guests don’t run off screaming into the night, you will be left with the coolest people around. Rock on.
15. Night Life – Foreigner. This song rocks and if you are or were a die hard Foreigner fan, you will remember this lively tune. It was on the Foreigner 4 album, now known on CD as well. A fast beat and hard rocking, this song was meant to party all night. Enjoy.
16. In The Dark – Billy Squire. This is a timeless rock song classic and it came out when I was a teenager. “Will you meet me in the dark?” are some lyrics from this song. It is different and it was ahead of it’s time, in my opinion. Dark, twisting and heavy, it is a great night song.
17. Shot In the Dark – Ozzy Osbourne. This song has style and it captures that dark of the night feeling really well. It was a big hit and one of my favorite songs about the night.
18. Night People – Ronnie James Dio. “Do you like the dark?” Ronnie asks us lyrically in this song. Many of us do. This is a perfect night music choice. We recently lost Ronnie James Dio to cancer. He fronted the band known as Black Sabbath for many years. He also had a fantastic solo career. He is missed but, his music lives on forever. Ronnie was one with the dark. He had humor and such talent. It is well represented in this fast paced song. This is a great musical ode to the night people.
19. Rainbow In The Dark – Ronnie James Dio. With or without Black Sabbath backing him, I consider much of Ronnie’s work his own. Rainbow in the dark is a powerful rock song, metal and more. It is a good representation of what Ronnie was all about. Shining out in the dark.
20. Midnight Maniac – Krokus. This little known rock band was a metal music group favorite of mine growing up. This song is crazy, fun and fast. It has humor and it will send your guests off into the night, laughing in the dark. “Lock your doors cuz he knows where you are.” are some lyrics from this tune. Look back over your shoulder as you get into your car. You never know.
These are my favorite songs about the night choices. I do have some others that did not make the list. Into The Night, Boogie Nights, Tonight, Night Ranger, Tonight’s The Night, Red Skies At Night, Twilight Hotel, Screaming In The Night, In the Still Of The Night, After Dark, Night Fever, Because The Night, After Midnight and so many more. One thing that I know about night parties, they can last a long time and you want to have plenty of fun music. I discovered that there are more than enough songs about the evening hours and beyond to fill the time. Nighty night.