Kiss

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
Dressed to Kill 1975 Mercury / Casablanca 2:49
No Image 1975
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
No Image 1976 Casablanca 2:49
No Image 1976
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Double Platinum 1978 Casablanca 2:47
Killers 1982 Universal/Polygram
Smashes, Thrashes & Hits 1988 Mercury 2:56
Dick Clark's All-Time Hits, Vol. 3 1990
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:41
Dazed and Confused [Music from the Motion Picture] 1993
Original Soundtrack
The Medicine Label 2:57
Jock Rock, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 2:49
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! 1996 Mercury / Polygram 4:01
Greatest Hits [1998] 1996 Polygram 2:46
Greatest Kiss 1997 Mercury 2:48
Wreaking Havoc 1997
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels / MST 2:56
Denver Broncos: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City 2:39
The Box Set 2001 Mercury / Universal Distribution 6:06
The Very Best of Kiss 2002 UTV / Universal Distribution 4:04
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss 2003 Mercury 3:56
Gold: 1974-1982 - Sound+Vision 2004 Mercury 4:18
Chronicles 2005 Mercury 2:48
Greatest Kiss 2005 Mercury 2:53
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:47
All-Star Sports Jams 2008
Various Artists
Chron Reissues 2:47
Playlist Plus 2008 Mercury 3:24
Favorites 2008 Island Def Jam Music Group 4:06
Classic Rock BBQ 2008
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 2:44
Legends of Rock 2009 Strategic Marketing / Universal 4:19
Sonic Boom 2009 Kiss Records / Warner Music 2:48
The Casablanca Singles: 1974-1982 2012 Mercury 3:25
Oh Yes We Can Love: The History of Glam Rock 2013
Various Artists
Universal 2:57
5 Classic Albums 2013 Island / Mercury 3:56
Kiss 40 Years: Decades of Decibels 2014 Universal 4:00
Best of Classic Rock 2014
Various Artists
Universal 2:55
100 Rock
Various Artists
Universal 3:56
No Image
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 4:19
CAPS: Campus and Pub Songs
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 2:46
No Image Phantom
No Image Polydor
Hockey Anthems: 1st Period-The Legends
Various Artists
Universal Music Canada 2:56
Road Trip Sing-Along Songs
Various Artists
Universal 2:46
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:21
No Image
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records