from the album Step By Step (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8
Today's song of the day comes from the Boston boy-band New Kids On The Block, whose third album Step By Step rewarded them with their longest stay at #1 on the pop chart with the title track in the summer of 1990. Their second single came shortly after; "Tonight", co-written by produced by their mentor Maurice Starr, brought them back to their bubblegum sound if it trying to emulate the Beatles (yes, big dreams...)
"Tonight" became the Kids' ninth and so far last top ten pop hit in the U.S. in September of 1990. Internationally, the single was a success, reaching the top ten in Spain (#2), the UK (#3), France (#3), the Netherlands (#3), Belgium (#4), Canada (#5), and Ireland (#8). However, their time was fleeting, as the song raced up and down the chart quickly as their steadfast fans bought it up quickly. The third single from the album, "Let's Try It Again", caught them on their popular decline though, and while it missed the top-40 in America (#53), it still managed to reach #8 in the UK as part of a double-sided single with their earlier hit "Didn't I Blow Your Mind (This Time)".
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Here's the guys in concert in 1990 performing the song...
...and finally from their reunion show in 2012...
Up tomorrow: Some fun and games from this one-off rapper.