Rock and Roll All Nite

Composed by Gene Simmons / Paul Stanley

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The members of Kiss were under intense pressure to put together their third album, 1975's Dressed to Kill. They were abruptly called off tour to work on a follow-up to 1974's Hotter Than Hell when the album began to die on the charts -- even though they had no new songs ready. The sessions were being produced by the head of their label (Casablanca), Neil Bogart, who was upset that the band had yet to successfully capture the excitement of their live act on record, and wanted to correct the problem himself. (The band was being so rushed to come up with material that they would have to dip into their backlog of older songs, as well as write new ones during the day, quickly show the others, and record them immediately after.) Bogart suggested that the band's head songwriters, singer/guitarist Paul Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons, come up with an anthem that would serve as a rallying cry for Kiss and their fans -- suggesting something akin to Sly & the Family Stone's "I Want to Take You Higher." While writing back at the hotel, Stanley came up with the line "I want to rock and roll all night, and party every day." After showing the new line to Simmons, he added parts from an older song, reportedly titled "Drive Me Wild." While it had a great singalong chorus, when the song was issued a single a few months later, it didn't exactly storm up the charts. With Casablanca in deep financial trouble, Kiss was thinking of leaving for another label, but on the insistence of the others, decided to issue a live album later in 1975 -- Alive! The excitement and energy of Kiss' show was captured perfectly by rock vet producer Eddie Kramer, and the song that benefited perhaps the most from the live setting was "Rock & Roll All Night." The version was a bit longer than the studio take (including an Ace Frehley guitar solo that was absent from the original), but as Bogart hoped, it became an instant rallying cry/hard rock classic, becoming a number 12 hit and pushing the album it was taken from straight up the charts. Since 1975, there hasn't been a single Kiss concert that did not feature "Rock & Roll All Night" as an encore, and it is the band's most instantly identifiable song.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Hotter Than Hell 1974 Blueline / Laser Media 4:01
Dressed to Kill 1975 Universal
Alive! 1975 Universal
No Image 1975
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
No Image 1976 Casablanca 2:49
No Image 1976
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
No Image 1977 Fan
Double Platinum 1978 Universal Music 2:47
Killers 1982 Polydor 3:57
Smashes, Thrashes & Hits 1988 Digital / Universal Distribution 2:56
Dick Clark's All-Time Hits, Vol. 3 1990
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:41
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Priority Records
Alive III 1993 Universal
Dazed and Confused [Music from the Motion Picture] 1993
Original Soundtrack
The Medicine Label 2:57
Back Stage Pass (Live & Rockin') 1993
Various Artists
Priority Records
Classic Live Performances, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:04
Jock Rock, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 2:49
MTV Unplugged 1996 Mercury 4:20
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! 1996 Island/Def Jam / Universal 4:01
Greatest Hits [1998] 1996 Polygram 2:46
Greatest Kiss 1997 Def Jam / Island / Mercury 2:49
Wreaking Havoc 1997
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels / MST 2:56
No Image 1997 Sumo Records 6:09
No Image 1999 Heartbreakers 7:34
Denver Broncos: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City 2:39
The Box Set 2001 Mercury / Universal 6:07
The Very Best of Kiss 2002 Island / Mercury 4:04
Kiss Symphony: Alive IV 2003 Kiss Records / Sanctuary 7:21
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss 2003 Universal 3:55
Kiss Symphony: The DVD 2003 Sanctuary
Gold: 1974-1982 - Sound+Vision 2004 Universal 4:19
Rock Hits [Universal] 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Chronicles 2005 Mercury 2:49
Rockin' the Corps [DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Image Entertainment
Rockin' the Corps 2005
Various Artists
Image Entertainment 7:21
Love Gun: Live at River Plate Stadium, Argentina 2005 Mega Ent. & Records
Greatest Kiss 2005 Mercury / Universal 2:51
Skitz Metal 2006
Various Artists
Central Station Records
KISSology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vol. 1: 1974-1977 2006 VH1 Classic Records
Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 2006 Universal / Virgin EMI 3:32
The Seventies: Hard Rockin 70's, Vol. 1 2007
Various Artists
American Beat Records 4:15
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:47
KISSology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vol. 3: 1992-2000 2007 Eagle Vision
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:48
All-Star Sports Jams 2008
Various Artists
Chron Reissues 2:47
Playlist Plus 2008 Island/mercury 3:24
Now That's What I Call Classic Rock 2008
Various Artists
Capitol 3:56
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:13
Favorites 2008 Digital / Universal 4:07
Playlist Your Way 2008 Island 2:47
KISSology 2008 Sony BMG 2:48
IKONS 2008 Digital / Mercury 2:48
Alive: The Millennium Concert 2008 Mercury / Universal
Classic Rock BBQ 2008
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:44
Kissology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vols. 1-3 2009 Def Star
Guitar Monster 2009
Various Artists
Madacy 3:56
Legends of Rock 2009
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 4:04
Sonic Boom 2009 Roadrunner Records 2:48
Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Canada's Hockey Anthems 2010
Various Artists
EMI 2:56
The Boys Are Back in Town 2012 2012
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:46
The Casablanca Singles: 1974-1982 2012 Mercury 2:47
Oh Yes We Can Love: The History of Glam Rock 2013
Various Artists
Universal 2:57
5 Classic Albums 2013 Island / Mercury 2:50
The Ritz on Fire 2013 Rock Classics 4:57
Kiss 40 Years: Decades of Decibels 2014 Mercury Records / Universal 3:59
Best of Classic Rock 2014
Various Artists
Universal 2:55
Countdown 40th Anniversary 2014
Various Artists
ABC 2:47
100% Classic Rock 2014
Various Artists
Somerset / Universal 2:46
No Image 2016 Eagle Rock 7:54
Kiss Rocks Vegas 2016 Eagle Rock
Crazy Nights: Legendary Radio Broadcasts 2016 Laser Media
Kissworld: The Best of Kiss 2017 UMOD 2:46
100 Rock
Various Artists
Universal 3:56
Big Bash 20/20
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:46
CAPS: Campus and Pub Songs
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 2:46
Classic Rock [Mood]
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 2:57
Classic Rock [Rhino]
Various Artists
No Image Phantom
No Image Polydor
Hockey Anthems: 1st Period-The Legends
Various Artists
Universal Music Canada 2:56
More Beer Drinking Classics
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:46
Rock 'N Roll All Nite
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 2:47
No Image
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 2:48
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