All I Wanna Do (Sheryl Crow song)
|"All I Wanna Do"|
UK/US cover art
|Single by Sheryl Crow|
|from the album Tuesday Night Music Club|
|Released||October 1, 1994|
|Genre||Pop, adult contemporary|
|Length||4:32 (album version)
|Writer(s)||Wyn Cooper, Sheryl Crow, David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Kevin Gilbert|
|Sheryl Crow singles chronology|
"All I Wanna Do" is a song performed by Sheryl Crow and written by David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Wyn Cooper, Sheryl Crow, and Kevin Gilbert. It was Crow's breakthrough hit from her 1993 debut album Tuesday Night Music Club. The song was the winner of the 1995 Grammy Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and was nominated for Song of the Year. The song is her biggest US hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks behind I'll Make Love to You by Boyz II Men. In addition to this it also peaked at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart Adult Contemporary charts in both the US and Canada  as well as the pop charts in Canada and at #4 on the UK Singles Chart.
The lyrics for the song are based on the poem "Fun" by Wyn Cooper. Crow's producer (Bottrell) discovered Cooper's poetry book "The Country of Here Below" in a Pasadena, California used bookstore. Crow adapted "Fun" into the lyrics for her song – earning Cooper considerable royalties, and helping to push his book, originally published in a run of only 500 copies in 1987, into multiple reprints. Some Rolling Stones fans believe the structure of the song is an homage to the song "Jigsaw Puzzle" from the Beggars Banquet album.
The opening spoken line, "This ain't no disco", is a reference to the song "Life During Wartime" by Talking Heads. When played on radio or at live performances, the line is also commonly changed to refer to the local listening area (such as "This is VA" instead of "This is LA").
The video was directed by David Hogan, who also directed her debut video for "Leaving Las Vegas". It features Crow and her band performing the song on the street, with notable characters flying through the air. The video was filmed in front of the Roxy Theater at the corner of Franklin Street and North 1st Street in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Two versions of the music video exist. For unknown reasons, the original video, which featured the character mentioned in the song "Billy", played by actor Gregory Sporleder, was changed and he was edited out of the video. However, at the 1:03 mark in the edited version, "Billy"'s shadow can be seen on the brick wall as he is walking up the street to where Crow is performing, from 1:12–1:14 (and again from 3:33–3:36), the arm of his jacket can be seen as he is watching her, from 1:30–1:34 he walks back and forth in front of her, from 1:40–1:45 he is standing nearby, from 2:02–2:03 "Billy"'s head can be seen behind the flying woman's head, and from 2:52–2:53 "Billy" and his shadow are visible below.
The edited version appears on her Greatest Hits DVD collection of her music videos.
- French CD single (cat. no. 580-654-2)
- "All I Wanna Do"
- "What I Can Do For You" – live
- EU release (cat. no. 580-655-2)
- "All I Wanna Do"
- "I Shall Believe" – live in Nashville
- "What I Can Do For You" – live at the Borderline, London
- UK CD #1 (cat. no. 580-843-2)
- "All I Wanna Do" – remix
- "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday"
- UK CD #2 (cat. no. 580-845-2)
- "All I Wanna Do" – live acoustic for Virgin Radio UK
- "Run Baby Run" – live acoustic for Virgin Radio UK
- "Leaving Las Vegas" – live acoustic for Virgin Radio UK
Sheryl Crow performed the song on her live album Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park.
|UK||Silver||December 1, 1994||200,000|
|U.S.||Gold||November 22, 1994||500,000|
"Wild Night" by John Mellencamp with Me'Shell Ndegeocello
|Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
October 29 – December 17, 1994
"I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men
"Tomorrow" by Silverchair
|Australian ARIA number-one single
December 12, 1994 (1 week)
"Zombie" by The Cranberries
Amy Studt version
|"All I Wanna Do"|
|Single by Amy Studt|
|from the album False Smiles (re-release)|
|Released||January 12, 2004|
|Format||CD single, digital download|
|Amy Studt singles chronology|
Released on January 12, 2004, the single reached a peak of #21 in the charts, Studt's lowest position to date. It was taken from the re-release of her debut album, False Smiles. Following the peaking of "All I Wanna Do", Studt was dropped from her record label Polydor for poor sales.
- "All I Wanna Do"
- "Forget It All"
- "You're the Breeze"
- "All I Wanna Do" (video)
|Irish Singles Chart||25|
U.S. singer Joanne Farrell released a dance version of the song in 1995. The song reached #40 on the Dance Charts and unknown on the Billboard Hot 100.
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- "Text of the poem "Fun" by Wyn Cooper".
- "Wyn Cooper: A Serendipitous Career,".
- UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
- U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
- "All I Wanna Do", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
- "Canadian peak". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
- Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
- UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
- Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
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- "Polydor axes Studt due to poor record sales". The Sun (London).
- Kot, Greg (August 26, 1997). "Lawdy, Ms. Crow: Top-selling Singer Has Songs But Lacks Emotional Honesty". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 18, 2013.