Huey Lewis and the News made plenty of headlines with the success of their 1983 album Sports. It yielded six singles and reached the top of the Billboard 200. “The Heart of Rock & Roll” was the third single from that collection and peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100.
The record company did something clever before sending “The Heart of Rock & Roll” to radio stations. Toward the end of the song, Huey Lewis mentions numerous U.S. cities. According to Songfacts, the cities included in the lyrics differed depending on the location of the radio station. The idea was to make the single more relatable for the local audience.
As for the video, Huey Lewis and the News had some fun with “The Heart of Rock & Roll.” It alternates between shots of them performing and just goofing off in New York City and Los Angeles. Also, watch closely for quick clips of acts from the 1950s, such as Bill Haley & His Comets, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, and Elvis.