Rock and Roll All Nite

"Rock and Roll All Nite" is a song by American hard rock band Kiss, originally released on their 1975 album Dressed to Kill. It was released as the A-side of their fifth single, with the album track "Getaway". The studio version of the song peaked at No. 68 on the Billboard singles chart, besting the band's previous charting single, "Kissin' Time" (#89). A subsequent live version, released as a single in October 1975, eventually reached No. 12 in early 1976, the first of six Top 20 songs for Kiss in the 1970s.[2] "Rock and Roll All Nite" became Kiss's signature song and has served as the group's closing concert number in almost every concert since 1976.[3][4] In 2008 it was named the 16th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.[5]

"Rock and Roll All Nite"
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Single by Kiss
from the album Dressed to Kill
ReleasedApril 2, 1975 (US)
RecordedElectric Lady Studios,
New York City: February 1975
GenreHard rock[1]
Length2:49 (album version)
3:20 (7" live version)
2:34 (studio version)
LabelCasablanca NB-829 (US)
Songwriter(s)Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons
Producer(s)Neil Bogart & Kiss
Kiss singles chronology
"Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll" / "Hotter Than Hell"
"Rock and Roll All Nite" / "Getaway"
"C'mon and Love Me" / "Getaway"

C'mon and Love Me" / "Getaway

Rock and Roll All Nite (Live)" / "Rock and Roll All Nite

Shout It Out Loud" / "Sweet Pain

I Love It Loud (Live)" / "Unholy (Live)

Rock and Roll All Nite (Unplugged)" / "Every Time I Look at You (Unplugged)

Jungle (Radio Edit)" / "Jungle
Music video
"Rock & Roll All Nite" on YouTube

The members of Kiss were under intense pressure to put together their third album, 1975's Dressed to Kill. They were abruptly called off tour to work on a follow-up to 1974's Hotter Than Hell when the album began to die on the charts, even though they had no new songs ready. The sessions were being produced by the head of their label, Neil Bogart, who was upset that the band had yet to successfully capture the excitement of their live act on record and wanted to correct the problem himself.

Rushed to come up with material, the band dipped into their backlog of older songs, as well as writing new ones and then recording them immediately. Bogart suggested that head songwriters Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons come up with an anthem that would serve as a rallying cry for Kiss and their fans, suggesting something akin to Sly & the Family Stone's "I Want to Take You Higher". While writing back at the hotel, Stanley came up with the line "I want to rock and roll all night, and party every day." After showing the new line to Simmons, he added parts from an older song, reportedly titled "Drive Me Wild".[citation needed]

When the song was issued as a single a few months later, it did not storm up the charts. With record label Casablanca in deep financial trouble, Kiss was thinking of leaving for another label, but decided to issue a live album, Alive!, later in 1975. The live version of the song was longer than the studio take (including an Ace Frehley guitar solo that was absent from the original), but, as Bogart hoped, it became a number 12 hit, driving straight up the charts the album from which it was taken.


"Rock and Roll All Nite" was written by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons while Kiss was still in Los Angeles, as part of their Hotter than Hell Tour. However, during the group's concert at Cobo Hall in Detroit on January 26, 1976, Stanley introduced it as a song that was written in and for Detroit. The tour ended early (February 1975), when Casablanca Records founder and president Neil Bogart ordered Kiss to return to the studio to record a follow up to Hotter Than Hell, which had stalled on the charts and failed to meet Casablanca's sales expectations. One of Bogart's instructions to the band was to compose an anthem, something he felt the band needed.[3][6] The song itself was inspired by the Slade song "Cum On Feel the Noize".

They wrote the pre-chorus, Stanley wrote the chorus, and Simmons wrote the verses, borrowing parts of a song he had previously written, entitled "Drive Me Wild". The song was one of two the group recorded toward the end of the Hotter than Hell Tour prior to returning to Electric Lady Studios for the proper Dressed to Kill recording sessions.[6] For the choruses, the band and Bogart brought in a large group of outside contributors to sing and clap, including members of the Kiss road crew, studio musicians, and Peter Criss's wife Lydia. Some of the road crew used their jacket zippers to create sound.[3][7]

Live performancesEdit

While "Rock and Roll All Nite" would eventually become a fixture in Kiss's live performances, it was not inserted into the band's setlist immediately. Nor did it immediately replace "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll" as the closing number.[6] Kiss performed the song during the closing ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City which proved to be Ace Frehley's final performance with Kiss to date. They also performed the song live with Adam Lambert during the season 8 finale of American Idol, on May 20, 2009 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

On December 31, 2019 (2019-12-31), this song was performed on The 70th NHK Red & White Year-End Song Festival fearuting X Japan's drummer/pianist Yoshiki Hayashi.

Other versionsEdit

The original version of the song, as it appears on Dressed To Kill, does not have a guitar solo, while many later versions do have one. The Kiss Unplugged version features Ace Frehley and Bruce Kulick sharing the solo. The Unplugged version was released as a single and reached number 13 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks.[8] The original version also ends while fading away; all live versions end with the last notes of another Dressed to Kill song, "Getaway". The chorus of the Alive! version of the song is played at the beginning of "Detroit Rock City," from 1976's Destroyer.


"Rock and Roll All Nite" has appeared on the following Kiss albums:

"Rock and Roll All Nite" has appeared on the following movies:


Sonic Boom personnelEdit

Chart performanceEdit

Poison versionEdit

"Rock and Roll All Nite"
Single by Poison
from the album Less Than Zero
ReleasedOctober 12, 1987
GenreGlam metal, heavy metal
LabelEnigma/Capitol Records
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
Poison singles chronology
"I Won't Forget You"
"Rock and Roll All Nite"
"Nothin' but a Good Time"

"Rock and Roll All Nite" was covered and released as a single by the American rock band Poison from the soundtrack album Less Than Zero (released in 1987). It was released on a Poison album The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock in 2006 and again on the cover album Poison'd in 2007.

At the start of "Nothin' But a Good Time" music video, Poison's rendition of "Rock and Roll All Nite" is heard on the radio.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Philo, Simon (2018). Glam Rock: Music in Sound and Vision. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-44227-148-7.
  2. ^ "The Complete KISS Singles Chart Action, 1974–". The KISSFAQ. Retrieved July 13, 2006.
  3. ^ a b c Gooch, Curt and Jeff Suhs. KISS Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History. Billboard Books, 2002. ISBN 0-8230-8322-5
  4. ^ Prato, Greg. "Rock and Roll All Nite". Allmusic. Retrieved July 17, 2006.
  5. ^ "Vh1 Top 100 Hard Rock Songs". SpreadIt. Retrieved February 7, 2009.
  6. ^ a b c Gill, Julian. The KISS Album Focus, Volume 1 (3rd ed.) Xlibris Corporation, 2005. ISBN 1-4134-8547-2[self-published source]
  7. ^ Leaf, David and Ken Sharp. KISS: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography, Warner Books, 2003. ISBN 0-446-53073-5
  8. ^ "Billboard singles chart history-Kiss". Retrieved February 18, 2009.
  9. ^ "Walmart Cyber Monday TV Commercial, Rock This Christmas". Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
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  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 9, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 08 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original on June 10, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
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