Night Moves Songs Ranked

“Night Moves” is a song by American singer-songwriter Bob Seger. It was the lead single from his ninth studio album of the same name (1976), which was released on Capitol Records. Seger wrote the song as a coming of age tale about adolescent love and adult memory of it. It was based on Seger’s own teenage love affair he experienced in the early 1960s. It took him six months to write and was recorded quickly at Nimbus Nine Studios in Toronto, Ontario, with producer Jack Richardson. As much of Seger’s Silver Bullet Band had returned home by this point, the song was recorded with several local session musicians. Released as a single in December 1976, it reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Seger’s first hit single since “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” from 1969. It also charted at number five in Canada and was a top 25 hit in Australia. The song was responsible for changing Seger from being a popular regional favorite into a national star. Here are all of Night Moves songs ranked.

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9. Mary Lou

“Only on “Mary Lou” does Seger’s limitations turn in on itself. Offhand, I can’t think of anything more deserved for a singer’s commercial breakthrough. Maybe this is about him after all.”

.8. Sunburst

“”Sunburst” takes us on a depressingly soulful story with a lot of passionate vocal work by Bob Seger. A splendid song, and quite underrated too. I guess radio stations didn’t have room for any more Seger tracks back in the day but there’s NO excuse for not playing it these days.”

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7. Ship of Fools

“Ship of Fools” really hits that part of me that wants to immediately cry. I love the way Seger pours his feelings into that vocal melody. Reminds me of “Fire Lake” a little bit. Bob Seger was very good at writing songs like these.”

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6. The Fire Down Below

“It took me a long time to warm up to “The Fire Down Below” because for a while it just seemed like a less than impressive take on the blues/rock genre, but I have in fact changed my mind and now see it in a more positive light.”

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5. Come to Poppa

Time to get down and funky with a song called “Come to Poppa”. Singer-songwriter Bob Seger has earned international acclaim for his devotion to the closely related styles of classic rock and roll plus traditional rhythm and blues music.”

4. Night Moves

“I remember first listening to FM album oriented rock n roll when the Night Moves lp was released. My first impression as a teenager was gosh that Night Moves song is so darn slow with overly repetitive chords. Mainstreet left me with a somewhat better impression.”

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3. Mainstreet

“Another great song is MAINSTREET- a song about a street in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Bob has always paid tribute to his home state in some way shape or form.”

2. Rock and Roll Never Forgets

“The first song is “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” and, true story- because my mom won a lot of money off a Philadelphia radio station back in the 80’s by calling in and correctly identifying the song, NOBODY in my family is allowed to criticize it, haha. Not that I’d want to anyway- one of Seger’s heavier tracks with quality songwriting- it’s a classic track.”

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1. Sunspot Baby

“Speaking of taking me a long time to warm up to certain songs, “Sunspot Baby” never impressed me a whole lot but, for whatever reason, suddenly I *love* that T.Rex-sounding glammy guitar riff, and Seger’s vocals and lyrics about a certain woman using his credit cards is both funny and relatable. This style of rock finally makes sense to me.”