Because the Night (3:03)

Cover of Essential - One for the Lads

From Essential - One for the Lads and 41 other releases

“Because the Night” is a song by the Patti Smith Group, written by Smith and Bruce Springsteen, released as a single in 1978, taken from Smith’s album Easter. According to the Because the Night Songfacts, Springsteen gave it to Patti Smith because he thought it would suit her voice. He was also in a legal battle with his manager, Mike Appel, that kept him from recording for almost 3 years. The song was a hit, rising to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and helping propel sales of Easter to mainstream success – even as Smith was deciding to retire from a life of constant touring. The song remains one of the best known of Smith’s catalog.

In 1987, “Because the Night” by Patti Smith Group was ranked number 116 on NME magazine’s list of “The Top 150 Singles of All Time”.

Play with Spotify

Albums featuring this track (42)

Similar Tracks

  Track   Duration Listeners
Patti Smith - Ghost Dance 4:41 56,358
Patti Smith - Dancing Barefoot 6:58 74,754
Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side 4:14 595,024
Iggy Pop - The Passenger 6:14 654,253
Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee 2:02 437,474
Lou Reed - Perfect Day 3:44 575,514

Listening Trend

Sorry, there was a problem fetching these charts. Please try again in a few minutes.

Explore more

Shoutbox

Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.

Listening Now

Top Listeners