Sunglasses at Night (5:15)

Cover of First Offense

From First Offense and 109 other releases

“Sunglasses at Night” is the platinum-selling song recorded by Corey Hart. It was the first single to be released off his debut album, 1983’s First Offense, and rose to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is considered by many to be a classic of 1980s music, combining synthesizer pop, obscure lyrics and an almost Gothic ambiance in a hypnotic epic.

The original lyrics for the song were about a totalitarian society that made everyone wear their sunglasses at night; however under pressure from Hart’s record company to make something more marketable, the song was altered to be more “romantic”.
The video, however, reflects the original vision of a police state, with scenes of Hart, sans-sunglasses, being strong-armed by police officers and paraded past various citizens wearing their regulation shades. Near the end of the video, Hart is brought to the office of a female police officer, played by Laurie Brown, who later became the host of The NewMusic as well as a VJ on MuchMusic

In popular culture

The song is featured in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as part of the New Wave radio station Wave 103.

The song made #50 in VH1’s 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs of all Time.

The song also made #23 in Blender magazine’s 50 Worst Songs Ever.

The popular Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, which is known for naming each episode after an ’80s hit song, named an episode after this song. The episode faced the issue of addiction to gambling.


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I wear my sunglasses at night, so I can, so I can
Watch you weave then breathe your story lines
And I wear my sunglasses at night, so I can, so I can
Keep track of visions in my eyes

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  • HayleighRayment

    This is from what on earth is happening which ciaz and uuuia listen to

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • DatPoneh


    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • DickBigems

    "I wear my sunglasses at night so I can keep track of the visions in my eyes" has to be one of the worst lyrics I've ever heard.

    22 Jun 2014 Reply
  • christianjp2014

    great song!..

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

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    23 May 2014 Reply
  • Sit-Hathor

    I love dancing to this song!

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • xelene_x

    Got it made with the guy in shades!

    16 Jan 2014 Reply
  • PghDwayne

    "I wear my sunglasses at night so I don't see my wife naked..." Ouch, I hope your wife doesn't see this post!

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Numanoid

    This is the first song I play on any new sound system. Turn it up, listen to those synths bounce back and forth from left to right, let the New Wave wash over you.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tresfoufou

    Has she got control of me? - I turn to her and say: Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • morphoeugenia

    I wish I could "like" some of these comments haha.

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    being blind would be your only excuse, or you're a poseur.

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ShockWave3124

    Vice City!!!!!

    4 Jul 2013 Reply
  • KingFahtah

    The 80s gel. Really

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
  • JOE197023456

    OH YA

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • GreggWH

    Wearing sunglasses indoors is bad enough.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Z77


    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • thomas2112

    by midnite oil i think

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • thomas2112

    reminds of that other song that escapes me, but lyrics say "my futures so bright i gotta wear shades"

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • hankdallas

    this should have been in one of the Karate Kid movies or like an early Van Damme movie.

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
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