Billy Squier

Rock Me Tonite

Composed by Billy Squier

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Signs of Life marked the last of Billy Squier's Top 40 hits, taking "Rock Me Tonite" to number 15 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1984. The album itself went platinum, climbing to number 11, but both the album and the song cast Squier in somewhat a different light. "Rock Me Tonite" represents Squier's effort to become acquainted with the emerging techno-pop scene of the early and mid-'80s, led by the brisk and glistening sound of the synthesizers which open up the track. But Squier doesn't give up his hard guitar riffs and easy-bake rhythms altogether. Within the song, Squier's old standards collide with his newfangled attempt at sounding hip, resulting in a catchy three-parts-pop, one-part-rock final product. "Rock Me Tonite" takes an ample amount of crystallized hooks and a whittled-down dancefloor beat and creates a runway for Squier's testosterone-soaked lyrics, and is careful enough not to leave out his trademarked guitar segments. Along the way, the keyboards balance out the hardened percussion bits in the background to create a makeshift rock ambience, best revealed in the song's chorus. Each lyric curls at the end, but they all add up to an energetic no-brainer that instills all the proper elements needed to catch an audience's attention. The rest of Signs of Life is just as heavily doused with synthesizer portions and other assorted gadgetry, but only "Rock Me Tonite" brews the right amount of spunk to make it stand out. After Signs of Life, Billy Squier's material weakened dramatically, failing to wield any sort of the creativity that was even minimally displayed on "Rock Me Tonite's parent album.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Signs of Life 1984 Capitol 4:58
16 Strokes: The Best of Billy Squier 1995 Capitol / EMI Records 4:58
The Greatest Hits of the '80s, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:59
Reach for the Sky: The Anthology 1996 Chronicles / PolyGram 4:57
Rock On 1984 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:58
Billboard Top Album Rock Hits 1984 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 4:57
Rock On: 1980-1984 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:58
Big Hits of the 80s 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 4:57
Rock & Roll Relix: 1980-1989 1998
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 4:57
Rock & Roll Relix: 1984-1985 1998
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 4:57
Awesome '80s, Vol. 4 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:56
The Greatest Hits of the 80s [Box Set #1] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:59
Eighties Complete [CD3] 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:54
Let It Rock 1984 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source / Direct Source Label 4:58
The Greatest Hits of the 80's 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc
Absolutely the Best of the Eighties 2001
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 / Varese 4:57
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '80s, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 4:57
Classic Masters 2002 Capitol 4:56
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:57
Eighties Complete, Vol. 2 [Box] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:54
Absolute Hits 2005 Capitol / EMI Records 4:56
The Best of Billy Squier: 10 Best Series 2005 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 4:57
Emotions in Motion/Signs of Life 2008 Beat Goes On
Essential 2011 Capitol / EMI 4:55
100 Hits: Rock Classics 2012
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:57
Icon 2013 Capitol 4:55
Icon: 80's Hits 2014
Various Artists
Universal 4:55
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 4:58