"Last Nite" is a song by American rock band the Strokes. It was released on October 23, 2001, as the second single from their debut album, Is This It (2001). It was a moderate hit for the group on the UK Singles Chart in 2001.

"Last Nite"
The Strokes - Last Nite - CD single cover.jpg
Single by The Strokes
from the album Is This It
B-side"When It Started"
ReleasedOctober 23, 2001 (2001-10-23)
RecordedMarch and April 2001
StudioTransporterraum, New York City
Songwriter(s)Julian Casablancas
Producer(s)Gordon Raphael
The Strokes singles chronology
"Hard to Explain"
"Last Nite"
Music video
"Last Nite" on YouTube


The track was produced by Gordon Raphael and was issued on RCA Records with the song "When It Started" as the B-side.

The song's opening guitar riff and overall structure is based on "American Girl" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. In a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone, Petty commented, "The Strokes took 'American Girl' [for 'Last Nite'], there was an interview that took place with them where they actually admitted it. That made me laugh out loud. I was like, 'OK, good for you.' It doesn't bother me".[3] The Strokes were invited to be the opening act for several dates on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 2006 tour.[4] The solo for the song was inspired by guitarist Freddie King.


The single was the group's first to enter the American charts, reaching the top five on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart in late 2001. Meanwhile, the single obtained moderate success in the UK, peaking at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.[5][6]

In March 2005, Q placed "Last Nite" at number 66 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. In September 2006, NME placed "Last Nite" at number one on its list of the 50 Greatest Tracks of the Decade. In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Last Nite" at number nine in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever. It was also placed at number 16 on Rolling Stone's 50 Best Songs of the Decade and number 478 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The same publication listed it at number 155 in a revamped version of the list in 2021.[7] In 2011, NME placed it at number four on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[8] In 2020, Paste and The Independent ranked the song number two and number one, respectively, on their lists of the 20 greatest Strokes songs.[9][10]

Music videoEdit

The band were originally unwilling to appear in a music video,[11] but eventually agreed to a simple format, performing the song live rather than lip-syncing to the recorded version, on a brightly lit stage. The resulting video, filmed with simple panning shots and few edits, was directed by Roman Coppola. One minute into the song, singer Julian Casablancas throws his microphone stand, as if it was a spear, off camera; the move would later be referenced in the music video for "Under Cover of Darkness", released 10 years later in 2011 on their album Angles.

As the song progresses, Casablancas' vocal becomes increasingly distorted as he sings ever closer into the microphone. On two occasions he dramatically throws the microphone to the ground. Following his solo, guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr., walking backwards into the drum podium, accidentally pushes one of drummer Fabrizio Moretti's overhead microphones which falls onto the drum kit. Moretti tries to hit it away with his drumstick, yet it topples onto the other overhead and both crash to the ground. The video, including the accident, is parodied in the music video for Sum 41's "Still Waiting".

Track listingsEdit


  1. "Last Nite" - 3:15
  2. "When It Started" - 2:59


  1. "Last Nite" - 3:15
  2. "When It Started" - 2:59
  3. "Last Nite" (Live) - 3:27
  4. "Take It or Leave It" (Live) - 3:29



Chart (2001–2002) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[12] 47
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[13] 49
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 48
Scotland (OCC)[15] 10
UK Singles (OCC)[16] 14
UK Indie (OCC)[17] 1
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[18] 5
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[19] 8


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[20] Platinum 70,000 
Italy (FIMI)[21] Gold 25,000 
Portugal (AFP)[22] Platinum 40,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Platinum 600,000 
United States (RIAA)[24] Platinum 1,000,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States October 23, 2001 (2001-10-23) Alternative radio RCA [25]
United Kingdom November 5, 2001 (2001-11-05)
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • CD
Rough Trade [26]
Australia December 3, 2001 (2001-12-03) CD

Vitamin C versionEdit

"Last Nite"
Single by Vitamin C
ReleasedJuly 7, 2003 (2003-07-07)[28]
Songwriter(s)Julian Casablancas
Vitamin C singles chronology
"As Long As You're Loving Me"
"Last Nite"


American pop singer Vitamin C covered "Last Night" and released it as a single in July 2003. The song was produced by Dave Derby, Michael Kotch, and Fred Maher.[29] The single features a sample from Blondie's "Heart of Glass".[30] After Elektra Records dropped Vitamin C when her second album, More, did not sell as expected, she signed to V2 Records in the UK, hoping to break into the music scene there. After her third album was recorded, this single was released exclusively in the UK with plans to release the album a month later. The album was never released.


"Last Nite" debuted and peaking at number 70 on the UK Singles Chart and fell down the chart rapidly.[31][32] V2 shelved Vitamin C's album afterwards and dropped her. However, "Last Nite" is Vitamin C's only chart entry on the UK Singles Chart, making it her most successful single there.[32]

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Last Nite" was shot in New York City. It features Vitamin C, as a blonde, in or around the Hotel Chelsea as well as other New York City night spots. The club CBGB is seen in the video.

Track listingsEdit

  1. "Last Nite" – 3:54
  2. "Last Nite" (Derby & Kotch Mix) – 3:45
  3. "Last Nite" (I Lick That Mix by Count Caligula) – 5:40
  4. "Last Nite" (Clique Remix) – 6:05


Chart (2003) Peak
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[33] 53
Scotland (OCC)[34] 50
UK Singles (OCC)[31] 70
UK Dance (OCC)[35] 33
UK Indie (OCC)[36] 10

Cover versions, samples and parodiesEdit


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