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"Rhythm of the Night" is a single by DeBarge, written by Diane Warren, released on February 23, 1985. It was a single from their fourth studio album, Rhythm of the Night on the Motown label. The song jump-started the career of the prolific Warren,[1] and was the biggest hit recorded by the Motown family singing group.

"Rhythm of the Night"
Rhythm of the Night single.jpg
Single by DeBarge
from the album Rhythm of the Night
ReleasedFebruary 23, 1985
Songwriter(s)Diane Warren
Producer(s)Richard Perry
DeBarge singles chronology
"Love Me in a Special Way"
"Rhythm of the Night"
"Who's Holding Donna Now"
Music video
"Rhythm Of The Night" on YouTube



By 1985, DeBarge had become pop/R&B sensations with mostly ballads making the repertoire of their hit catalog though they were as impressive as live performers with their mixture of their trademark soft ballads and a collection of dance material. Motown Records sought to produce DeBarge with a dance single to give them a bigger crossover success that mirrored that of label-mate Lionel Richie, who like DeBarge, had created his initial fan base on soft songs before the release of "All Night Long", which included a catchy dance beat influenced by calypso. A similar influence would come in the production of "Rhythm of the Night" which featured more of El DeBarge's deep tenor with flashes of his trademark falsetto. Richard Perry, the hit producer behind hit recordings for The Pointer Sisters, Harry Nilsson, and Carly Simon, among others, was appointed to produce the single with Diane Warren as its writer.


The release of "Rhythm of the Night" coincided with the release of the Motown film The Last Dragon, which featured the song as part of its soundtrack. The free publicity from the song on its soundtrack and in the movie itself helped boost its popularity. Eventually released as a single, the song produced DeBarge's biggest success yet with the single reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100, number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart,[2] number one on the US adult contemporary chart, and number four in the UK singles chart - their only major hit single in the UK - going gold and boosting similar success for its parent album of the same name. The group's music video of the song gained the group heavy rotation on MTV and BET and was actually the group's first and last real music video starting a brief period where DeBarge became pop superstars. Most recently, the song was featured in the 2016 film Ghostbusters: Answer the Call.[3]


Chart (1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 7
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 3
France (SNEP)[7] 50
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 19
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 3
South Africa (Springbok)[12] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 24
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Rhythm of the Night - DeBarge | Song Info | AllMusic".
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 150.
  3. ^ Trendacosta, Katharine (29 September 2016). "The Extended Ghostbusters Cut Fixes the Film's Biggest Plot Hole". Gizmodo. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ " – Debarge – Rhythm of the Night" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ Canadian peak
  7. ^ " – Debarge – Rhythm of the Night" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ " – Debarge Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Debarge" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  11. ^ " – Debarge – Rhythm of the Night". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  13. ^ " – Debarge – Rhythm of the Night". Swiss Singles Chart.

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