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"Break the Rules" is a single by British rock band Status Quo in 1974. It was included on the album Quo.[1]

"Break the Rules"
Single by Status Quo
from the album Quo
B-side"Lonely Night"
Released26 April 1974 (1974-04-26)
GenreRock, boogie rock, blues rock
Songwriter(s)Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster, John Coghlan, Bob Young
Producer(s)Status Quo
Status Quo singles chronology
"Break the Rules"
"Down Down"

The song was not the band's choice of single as they wanted the track "Backwater" to be the single instead. Some copies of this single were mis-pressed with the moulded label for the track "Lonely Night" on both sides.


Track listingEdit

  1. "Break the Rules" (Rossi/Young/Parfitt/Lancaster/Coghlan) (3.38)
  2. "Lonely Night" (Parfitt/Lancaster/Rossi/Young/Coghlan) (3.21)


Chart (1974) Peak
UK Singles Chart 8
Norway 16
Belgium 12
Germany 18

Cover versionsEdit

"Break the Rules" was covered by the Western Sizzlers, on their debut album For Ol' Times Sake in 2013. The band were put together by Kevin Jennings, ex Georgia Satellites Manager, and self-confessed Quo fan.


  1. ^ "Status Quo discography". Archived from the original on 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-01-04.