"Downtown Train"
Single by Tom Waits
from the album Rain Dogs
B-side"Tango Till They're Sore"
ReleasedNovember 1985 (UK)
December 1985 (Australia)
Recorded1985 (1985)
StudioRCA Studios, NYC
Length3:53
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)Tom Waits
Producer(s)Tom Waits
Tom Waits singles chronology
"Hang Down Your Head"
(1985)
"Downtown Train"
(1985)
"Hang on St. Christopher"
(1987)
"Downtown Train"
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album The Best of Rod Stewart
ReleasedNovember 1989 (US)
December 1989 (Australia)
January 1990 (UK)
RecordedSeptember 1989
Length4:40
LabelWarner Bros. Records
Songwriter(s)Tom Waits
Producer(s)Trevor Horn[1]
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"This Old Heart of Mine"
(1989)
"Downtown Train"
(1989)
"I Don't Want to Talk About It"
(1990)

"Downtown Train" is a song by Tom Waits released on his album Rain Dogs in 1985.

The promo video for the song was directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino and features the boxer Jake LaMotta.

Rod Stewart's recording

Rod Stewart recorded a cover version that became a number-three hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after being released as a single in late 1989, and was also a number-one single on the album rock and adult contemporary charts. The song went to number one in Canada and made the top ten on the UK Singles Chart in 1990. Stewart received a Grammy nomination for the song in the category Best Male Pop Vocal performance.[2] Stewart's cover featured the slide guitar playing of Jeff Beck.

Other recordings

Bob Seger also recorded a version of "Downtown Train" in 1989 before Rod Stewart recorded his version. Seger claimed that on a trip to London he told Rod Stewart he had recorded a version of "Downtown Train" and then one month later Rod Stewart recorded his version. Rod Stewart and his management have denied that Rod Stewart stole the idea from Bob Seger. Seger decided not to release his version in 1989 as originally planned but instead re-recorded it in 2011 for his album Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets.[3]

Patty Smyth also released a version in 1987 that reached number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Everything but the Girl recorded a version of the song, which appears on the albums Acoustic and Essence & Rare 82-92, both released in 1992. It featured in the series finale of How I Met Your Mother.

Personnel

Charts

Patty Smyth version

Chart (1987) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 95
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[5] 40

Rod Stewart version

Bob Seger version

See also

References

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  2. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 355.
  3. ^ "Bob Seger to Debut 'Downtown Train' Single Monday".
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  22. ^ "Adult Contemporary Songs – Year-End 1990". Billboard. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  23. ^ "Bob Seger Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
  24. ^ "Adult Contemporary Songs – Year-End 2011". Billboard. Retrieved September 28, 2019.