Rock’n Me (as made famous by The Steve Miller Band)

“Rock’n Me” (also known as “Rock ‘N Me”) is a song by American rock group Steve Miller Band, written by the group’s leader Steve Miller.[2] The song was released as the second single from the group’s ninth studio album Fly Like an Eagle in 1976; Miller also produced the song and album as well as performed on it.[3] The North American release of the single was generally credited to Steve Miller as a person, while the European release was generally credited to the Steve Miller Band as a whole group.

The single achieved lasting commercial and critical success, with the publication Billboard labeling it “an immediate audience grabber”.[3] It became the band’s second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed at the top for one week,[4] and it also topped the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada.[5] In later years, the song has been included in several compilation albums such as 1978’s Greatest Hits 1974-78 and 1991’s The Very Best of the Steve Miller Band.[2]

Miller has acknowledged that elements of “Rock’n Me”, particularly the intro, was a tip of the hat to British group Free’s “All Right Now”. He stated, “Yeah, it’s a tack on the wall for Paul (Kossoff). I did one concert in the two years that I was off the road. I went to London and played with Pink Floyd… it was a big, huge outdoor show so we needed a big rock and roll number that was really going to excite everybody. I just put it together and didn’t think much about it.”[3]

Composed for that kind of pop and rock festival atmosphere,[3] the lyrics and vocals have been labeled as having an ‘every man’ quality to them.[2] It is sung from the point of view of someone frequently traveling while keeping a positive, upbeat attitude. Locations mentioned in the song include the major cities of Phoenix, Arizona, Tacoma, Washington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Atlanta, Georgia, and Los Angeles, California.

The song is a playable track on the video game Rock Band 2, and featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Tap Tap Revenge 3 for iOS.