"Downtown Train" is a song by Tom Waits released on his album Rain Dogs in 1985.

"Downtown Train"
Tom Waits - Downtown Train.jpg
Single by Tom Waits
from the album Rain Dogs
B-side"Tango Till They're Sore"
ReleasedNovember 1985 (UK)
December 1985 (AUS)
Format7", 12"
Recorded1985 (1985)
StudioRCA Studios, NYC
Length3:53
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)Tom Waits
Producer(s)Tom Waits
Tom Waits singles chronology
"Hang Down Your Head"
(1985)
"Downtown Train"
(1985)
"Hang on St. Christopher"
(1987)
"Downtown Train"
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album The Best of Rod Stewart
ReleasedNovember 1989 (US)
December 1989 (AUS)
January 1990 (UK)
RecordedSeptember 1989
Length4:40
LabelWarner Bros. Records
Songwriter(s)Tom Waits
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"This Old Heart of Mine"
(1989)
"Downtown Train"
(1989)
"I Don't Want to Talk About It"
(1990)

The promo video for the song was directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino and features the boxer Jake LaMotta.

Rod Stewart recorded a cover version that became a number-three hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after being released as a single in late 1989, and was also a number-one single on the album rock and adult contemporary charts. The song went to number one in Canada and made the top ten on the UK Singles Chart in 1990. Stewart received a Grammy nomination for the song in the category Best Male Pop Vocal performance.[1] Stewart's cover featured the slide guitar playing of Jeff Beck.

Other artists who have covered "Downtown Train" include Mary Chapin Carpenter, who included it on her debut album Hometown Girl in 1987; and Patty Smyth, who released a version that same year that reached number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100. Everything But the Girl produced an acoustic cover of the song, notably used in the final episode of American sitcom How I Met Your Mother.[2] Bob Seger recorded a cover in 1989, but opted not to release it because Stewart's version had been released earlier. On February 28, 2011, Seger finally released his version of the song as a single, which appears on the retrospective album Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets. The German band The Piano Has Been Drinking included a version of Downtown Train (Rude Jolf) on their 1990 album The Piano Has Been Drinking which consists entirely of cover versions of Tom Waits songs in the Kölsch language (Colognian).

The Swedish artist Moneybrother released a Swedish version of the song; it is included on his album Pengabrorsan. Austrian hardcore/punk band Rentokill recorded a cover of the track for their 2009 EP The O.S.E.

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Patty Smyth versionEdit

Chart (1987) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 95
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[4] 40

Rod Stewart versionEdit

Bob Seger versionEdit

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[22] 17

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 355.
  2. ^ "[VIDEO] 'How I Met Your Mother' Series Finale Music". Hollywood Reporter. 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  3. ^ "Patty Smyth Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "Patty Smyth Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Rod Stewart – Downtown Train". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6644." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 6641." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  8. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Rod Stewart – Downtown Train". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Downtown Train". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Rod Stewart – Downtown Train" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  12. ^ "Charts.nz – Rod Stewart – Downtown Train". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  13. ^ "Notowanie nr417" (in Polish). LP3. February 17, 1990. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  15. ^ "Rod Stewart Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  16. ^ "Rod Stewart Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  17. ^ "Rod Stewart Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  18. ^ "Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1990". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  19. ^ "Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 1990". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  20. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Billboardtop100of.com. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  21. ^ "Adult Contemporary Songs – Year-End 2011". Billboard. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  22. ^ "Bob Seger Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved March 22, 2011.

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