In the Heat of the Night is the debut studio album by American singer Pat Benatar, released on August 27, 1979, by Chrysalis Records. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching number 12 on the Billboard 200 chart and spawning three Top 40 singles: “Heartbreaker”, “I Need a Lover”, and “We Live for Love”.
The album is a mix of hard rock, pop rock, and power ballads, and showcases Benatar’s powerful vocals and her knack for writing catchy songs. The album is also notable for its production, which was handled by Mike Chapman, who had previously produced hits for Blondie and The Knack.
In the Heat of the Night is a classic album of 1970s rock, and it helped to establish Pat Benatar as one of the leading female rock singers of her generation. The album is still a popular choice among fans of classic rock, and it remains one of Benatar’s most successful albums.