- Release year: 1984
- Songwriter: A-ha; Morten Harket, Pal Waaktaar and Mags Furuholmen
- Performers:A-ha; Morten Harket (vocals), Pal Waaktaar (guitar) and Mags Furuholmen (keyboards)
- Album: Hunting High and Low
- Duration: 3:46
- Record Location: London
- Achievements: #1 in the US, #2 in the UK and top of the charts around the world.
“The Night” is a 1984 “italo-disco” song by Monica Stucchi (born in Milan on May 28th, 1953) alias Valerie Dore; it wasn’t uncommon for similar artists of that period to prefer foreign sounding stage names, in this case French. At the time, Valerie Dore apparently claimed to be also born abroad, in Montecarlo, instead of Milan. It was a commercial success primarily in Europe achieving 2nd place for the dj stars at the 1984 Festivalbar. Other 2 successful singles were “Get Closer” in 1984 and “It’s so Easy” in 1985.
The song is a mellow midtempo disco song about unrequited love, and its meaning is emphasized by the melancholy sound.
“The Night” was remixed in 1992 by Oliver Momm for the compilation The Best of Valerie Dore on ZYX Records.
The song was sampled by Play Paul in his song called “Spaced Out 2”.
Cover versions of “The Night” were released by Spanish singer Princessa in 1997, German band Scooter, and DJ Tonka.
The song reached #5 in Germany, #26 in Austria, #8 in Switzerland, #16 in Italy, #23 in France.