If I were to put together a Mt. Rushmore of 1980s pop albums, Phil Collins’ “No Jacket Required” would warrant serious consideration for a spot. It produced five hits, and none I enjoyed more than “One More Night”.

One of my favorite things about Collins and there’s plenty to choose from, was his ability to produce commercial hit music both slow and up tempo seemingly equally.

This is one of my two favorite Phil slow jams.

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but as a 13-year old not yet in the arms of a female I rehearsed slow dancing alone with “One More Night” on my mixtape as the backdrop. I mean, young or old you recognize this song is about a guy begging to give the girl of his dreams just one more night to prove how committed he is to her. How freegin’ romantic is that?

What the hell—I want to pop a lighter in the air and sing just thinking about it right now.

I’m aware the 80s are more widely known for “cheesy” pop and hard rock more than anything else, but I’ve been impartial to great slow jams for as long as I can remember. Maybe that’s why most my friends secretly hate me.  Regardless, this cemented Collins’ reputation as an influential tender balladeer.

Chart Success: This reached number-one on the Billboard Top 100 because that’s what awesome songs do. It lasted two weeks at the top spot before “We are the World” knocked it off. It finished 1985 as the 33rd ranked song on the Billboard Top 100.

Great Lyrics: Let’s listen to Phil demonstrate some major impatience.

“Please give me one more night
Give me one more night
One more night ’cause I can’t wait forever
Give me just one more night, oh just one more night
Oh one more night ’cause I can’t wait forever”

Fun Fact: This was Collins’ second number-one hit. He’d end up having six number-ones in the decade.  The others were: Another Day in Paradise, Against All Odds, Two Hearts, Groovy Kind of Love and Sussudio.


100. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can D0)

99. Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgetting

98. Steve Perry – Oh Sherry

97. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

96. Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach

95. Billy Joel – Uptown Girl

94. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time

93. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone

92. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes

91. Night Ranger – Sister Christian 

90. Asia – Heat of the Moment

89. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing 

88. Madonna – Borderline 

87. Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat

86. Glen Mederios – Nothing’s Going To Change My Love For You

85. John Cougar – Jack and Diane

84. Madonna – Like A Prayer

83. Devo – Whip It 

82. The Outfield – Your Love

81. Billy Squier – Everybody Wants You

80. Debbie Gibson – Only In My Dreams

79. Shelia E. – The Glamorous Life

78. Toni Basil – Mickey 

77. Whitney Houston – Greatest Love Of All

76. Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say

75. Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)

74. Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It

73. Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie 

72. The Police – Every Breathe You Take 

71. Survivor – The Search Is Over

70. REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You

69. Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams

68. Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel 

67. Kenny Loggins – Meet Me Halfway 

66. Irene Cara – Flashdance…What A Feeling

 65. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It