Famous because Bruce Springsteen wrote it and Patti Smith had a hit with it, "Because the Night" remains a top favorite song among fans of both artists' catalogs. An atypically romantic song for Springsteen at the time, nevertheless, the tinkling piano intro is unmistakably his. Smith recalled in her book, Complete, that the anticipation she describes of being reunited with a lover was brought on by awaiting a "phone call from Detroit" on the night she finished the lyric. The universal theme that lovers are often separated throughout the days but the nighttime, whether in dreams or in reality, is reserved for them is what gives the song its strong, anthemic quality. Its structure also follows the form of the power ballad with its gentle verse that bursts into bold shapes for each chorus, retreats back again for the verse, and absolutely explodes at the bridge. The song went Top Ten in the U.K. and Top 20 in the U.S. in the spring of 1978. In 1993, 10,000 Maniacs covered it virtually note for note for its MTV Unplugged performance and "Because the Night" enjoyed a renaissance in FM radio airplay. Naturally, both Springsteen and Smith have been known to perform the song live throughout the years; Springsteen performs a breathless vocal/intense guitar jam version on his Live/1975-85 album.