“I Drove All Night” was written by American songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, and initially recorded by Roy Orbison in 1987. Orbison’s version of the song was released posthumously in 1992, three years after his death reaching #7 in the UK. A music video features Jason Priestley and Jennifer Connelly
Cyndi Lauper recorded the song and released it on April 24, 1989 with “Maybe He’ll Know” (remix) on the B-side as a lead single for her third studio album, A Night to Remember album. “I Drove All Night” achieved moderate commercial success, peaking at #7 in the UK, and # on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. While not a massive chart-topping hit, the song has endured as a fan favorite and a testament to Cyndi Lauper’s vocal prowess and emotional delivery.
The music video for “I Drove All Night” features Cyndi Lauper driving through the night, intertwining scenes of her journey with shots of her passionately performing the song. The video amplifies the song’s theme of perseverance and longing, visually capturing the emotional intensity conveyed in the lyrics.
Over the years, “I Drove All Night” has been covered by various artists, including Celine Dion further cementing its place as a beloved and recognizable song in pop music. The song’s timeless appeal lies in its combination of heartfelt lyrics, powerful vocals, and a memorable melody, making it a standout track in Cyndi Lauper’s extensive discography.