Kids Wanna Rock is a song included in Reckless album which is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams. Released on 5 November 1984 by A&M Records, the album was co-produced by Adams and Bob Clearmountain, and it was arguably Adams’ most successful solo album. The album was a huge international hit, selling over 5 million copies in the United States for a total of 12 million worldwide. It was the first Canadian album to sell more than a million copies within Canada. The album reached number 1 on the Billboard 200 and reached high positions on album charts worldwide.
Six singles were released from the album: “Run to You“, “Somebody“, “Heaven“, “Summer of ’69“, “One Night Love Affair”, and “It’s Only Love“. All six singles made the top 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100, which until that time had been accomplished previously only by Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA. The album was ranked No. 49 on Kerrang!s “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time” in 1989, and 99th Greatest Rock Album of All Time by Classic Rock and was also named the number 12 Greatest Canadian Album of All Time by Bob Mersereau in his book The Top 100 Canadian Albums. The album was recorded at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, Canada. On 12 December 2009 the syndicated radio program In the Studio celebrated the 25th anniversary of the album.
A 30th Anniversary edition of the album, featuring previously unreleased material and a brand new 5.1 surround mix, was released on 10 November 2014 in both four and two-disc editions. The Reckless 30th Anniversary Tour also took place in November 2014, consisting of eleven exclusive arena shows in the UK.
Soon after its release, the song and the Reckless album peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 in January 1985 before dropping out of the top ten. The success of the singles “Heaven” and “Summer of ’69” renewed interest in the album and it began climbing back up the chart, eventually reaching number one in August 1985. “Reckless” also reached number one in Canada and New Zealand, number two in Norway and Australia while reaching the top ten in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Sweden. In Canada, Reckless’s chart pattern was somewhat similar to its pattern in the US – it entered the top ten shortly after its release peaking at number one in February the dropping out of the top ten for three months between May and July 1985. It re-entered the top ten in August 1985 staying there until February 1986 with the peak of its second top ten run being at number four; it dropped out of the top ten in its 67th week on the Canadian chart.
Reckless included the hit singles “Run to You”, “Somebody”, “Heaven”, “Summer of ’69”, “One Night Love Affair”, and “It’s Only Love”. All the singles had accompanying music videos, and each one charted on the Billboard Hot 100, with “Run to You”, “Summer of ’69”, and “Heaven” peaking in the top 10. “Heaven” would become the most successful single from Reckless in the United States at the time of its release, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 27 on the album rock chart, although “Run to You” was a larger hit at album-oriented rock radio peaking at number 1 on the Top Rock Tracks chart for four weeks, and spending an additional five weeks at number 2, while reaching number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The single “It’s Only Love” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. In 1986, the song won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Stage Performance. The album is Adams’ best selling album in the United States and was certified five times platinum.