ROCK A LITTLE (1985)

Stevie Nicks Rock a Little album coverRock a Little is Stevie Nicks‘ third solo album, following The Wild Heart (1983). It features the hit singles “Talk to Me” and “I Can’t Wait,” as well as Stevie’s heartfelt ballad “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You.”

Background

Stevie Nicks began recording Rock a Little in 1984. Following the commercial success of Bella Donna (1981) and The Wild Heart (1983), Stevie initially worked with returning producer Jimmy Iovine. But due to rising creative and personal tensions between them, Jimmy left the project before completing the album. Stevie patched together the rest of the album with the help of other producers, namely Rick Nowels, who produced or co-produced the remaining tracks. The album took more than a year to complete.

With an emphasis on synthesizers and programmed drums, Rock a Little followed some of music trends of its time. (Stevie would continue to apply some of these trends on her whimsical fourth album The Other Side of the Mirror in 1989.)

Despite receiving mixed reviews from music critics and selling significantly less than Bella Donna and The Wild Heart, Rock a Little firmly established Stevie Nicks as one of rock music’s top recording artists of the decade. 

Release

Modern Records released Rock a Little on November 18, 1985. The album debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart and produced the singles “Talk to Me” (4), “I Can’t Wait” (16), and “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You” (60). To help promote the album, Stevie filmed music videos for “Talk to Me” and “I Can’t Wait,” which aired regularly on MTV.

Songs

  1. I Can’t Wait
  2. Rock a Little (Go Ahead Lily)
  3. Sister Honey
  4. I Sing for the Things
  5. Imperial Hotel
  6. Some Become Strangers
  7. Talk to Me*
  8. The Nightmare
  9. If I Were You
  10. No Spoken Word
  11. Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You

Other Released Songs

  • One More Big Time Rock and Roll Star (b-side of Talk to Me single)
  • Battle of the Dragon (from American Anthem: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Reconsider Me (duet with Don Henley, from Enchanted: The Works of Stevie Nicks)
  • Mirror Mirror (original album title, b-side of Blue Denim 1994 single)

Accolades & Sales

In 1987, Stevie Nicks was nominated Best Rock Female Vocalist for “Talk to Me” at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards. The award went to Tina Turner for “Back Where You Started.”

The RIAA has certified Rock a Little platinum for the shipment of one million units to retailers.

Charts

Talk to Me

Billboard Chart Peak
Pop Singles 4
Adult Contemporary 14
Album Rock Tracks 1

I Can’t Wait

Billboard Chart Peak
Pop Singles 16
Dance 26
Album Rock Tracks 6

Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You

Billboard Chart Peak
Pop Singles 60

Imperial Hotel

Released only in Australia

ARIA Chart Peak
Pop 99

Official Music Videos

Talk to Me

Stevie Nicks - Talk To Me (Official Music Video)

YouTube

I Can’t Wait

Stevie Nicks - I Can't Wait (Official Music Video)

YouTube