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.