All Right Now

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This article is about the song. For the album by Pepsi & Shirlie, see All Right Now (album). For the TV series, see Alright Now.
"All Right Now"
Single by Free
from the album Fire and Water
B-side "Mouthful of Grass"/"The Hunter"
Released May 1970
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded January 1970 Trident Studios, Island Studios
Genre Hard rock
Length 5:29
4:13 (single version)
Label Island, A&M (US/Canada)
Writer(s) Andy Fraser/Paul Rodgers
Producer(s) Free
Free singles chronology
"I'll Be Creeping"
"All Right Now"
"The Stealer"
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"All Right Now" is a rock single by the English rock band Free. The song, released in mid-1970, hit #2 on the UK singles chart and #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[1] "All Right Now" originally appeared on the album Fire and Water, which Free recorded on the Island Records label, formed by Chris Blackwell. In 1991, the song was remixed and re-released, reaching #8 on the UK singles chart.

"All Right Now" was a #1 hit in over 20 territories and was recognised by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) in 1990 for garnering 1,000,000 plus radio plays in the U.S. by late 1989.[2] In 2006 the BMI London awards included a Million Air award for 3 million air plays of All Right Now in the USA.[3]

According to drummer Simon Kirke, "All Right Now" was written by bassist Andy Fraser and singer Paul Rodgers in the Durham Students' Union building, Dunelm House.[4]

One of the engineers during the recordings of "All Right Now" was Roy Thomas Baker, who would later become Queen's producer (he mixed "Killer Queen", "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Don't Stop Me Now" among others).

Chart position[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 1
Denmark (Tracklisten)[6] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 10
France (SNEP)[8] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[9] 5
Italy (FIMI)[10] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 1
Sweden (Radio Sweden)[14] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 1
UK Singles Chart 2

Use in the media[edit]


Cover versions[edit]

"All Right Now" has been covered by many bands and artists; the most popular are by The Runaways in 1975 (as a demo), (Rick) Santers [2] in 1984, Rod Stewart in 1984, ex-Wham! backing singers Pepsi & Shirlie in 1987, and Scottish girl band Lemonescent in 2003. It has also been sampled in Tone-Loc's song "Funky Cold Medina" in 1989. The Who covered it at a concert in Passaic, New Jersey on 11 September 1979. The Sweet once covered this song at a 1976 concert following the death of Paul Kossoff in Santa Monica, California, with Ritchie Blackmore sitting in on guitar.[17] Sawyer Brown covered "All Right Now" as a part of their 2008 tour.

"All Right Now", recorded by Mike Oldfield (produced by Tom Newman), with vocals by Wendy Roberts, Pierre Moerlen and Tom Newman, was issued as a one-sided promotional blue 7" single flexi-disc in 1979. The single was given only to Virgin Records executives and never issued to the public, making it one of the most elusive collectors' items in the Oldfield catalogue (number Virgin TT-362).[18]

Since 1972, "All Right Now" as arranged by Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band has been the de facto fight song of Stanford University athletic teams.[19] The band and the student section all jump in the air when the song starts and at the end of the bridge.

Steve Miller acknowledged the intro to his 1976 #1 single "Rock'n Me" was a tip of the hat to "All Right Now". "Yeah, it's a tack on the wall for Paul. I did one concert in the two years that I was off the road. I went to London and played with Pink was a big, huge outdoor show so we needed a big rock and roll number that was really going to excite everybody. I just put it together and didn't think much about it."[3]

Bon Jovi covered this song in Philadelphia in 1989 during their Jersey Syndicate Tour. They were accompanied by the supporting act Skid Row.

Christina Aguilera covered this song in 2000 at a concert, and it appeared on her DVD My Reflection.

David Cook covered this song during Top 20 week of "American Idol"'s Season 7.

Paige Miles also sang this song on "American Idol" as her Top 24 performance.

Ali Campbell covered the song on his 2010 album Great British Songs.

ApologetiX recorded a parody version called "Go Right Now" on their album Jesus Christ Morningstar

Bad Company, with Free singer Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, covered this song in a 2002 concert, appearing on their live album In Concert: Merchants of Cool. Rodgers continues to feature the song in most of his live performances.

Canadian country music artist Chad Brownlee frequently covers the song during live performances.

Drummer Simon Kirke sang the song live on his 3 tours as a member of Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band.

Garth Brooks for the 2013 "Classic Rock" album in the "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences" compilation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Song title 912 - All Right Now
  2. ^ Paul Rodgers: Biography. iTunes
  3. ^ Broadcast Music Inc. London Awards 2006
  4. ^ Mckay, Neil (5 November 2008). "All Right Now for Free tribute show". The Journal (Newcastle). 
  5. ^ " – Free – All Right Now" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard 82 (38): 61. September 1970. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  7. ^ " – Free – All Right Now" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  8. ^ Tout les Titres par Artiste (F) (in French). Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Free > All Right Now –" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  10. ^ Indice per Interprete (F) (in Italian). Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Free ((GBR)) search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  12. ^ " – Free – All Right Now" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  13. ^ " – Free – All Right Now". VG-lista. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  14. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard 82 (43): 68. October 1970. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  15. ^ " – Free – All Right Now". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  16. ^ Free - Awards. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  17. ^ YouTube - Sweet featuring Ritchie Blackmore - All Right Now (Live 1976)
  18. ^ "Rare Tracks". Amarok ( Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  19. ^ [1]

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