Footloose (song)

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"Footloose"
Single by Kenny Loggins
from the album Footloose
A-side "Footloose"
B-side "Swear Your Love"
Released January 1984
Format 7", 12", CD single
Recorded 1983
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:48
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Kenny Loggins, Dean Pitchford[1]
Producer(s) Kenny Loggins & Lee DeCarlo
Kenny Loggins singles chronology
"Welcome to Heartlight"
(1983)
"Footloose"
(1984)
"I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)"
(1984)

"Footloose" is a song co-written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins. It was released in January 1984 as the first of two singles by Loggins from the 1984 film of the same name. The song spent three weeks at number one, March 31—April 14, 1984 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was the first of two number-one hits from the motion picture, Footloose.

The song was very well received, and is one of the most recognizable songs recorded by Loggins. It won Grammy for Song of the Year (1985). When the American Film Institute released its AFI's 100 Years…100 Songs, "Footloose" reached the 96th position. The song was covered by country music artist Blake Shelton for the 2011 remake of the 1984 film. The song has also been covered by "Weird Al" Yankovic (Hooked on Polkas),[2] Alvin and the Chipmunks, British group Girls Aloud in their Chemistry Tour in 2006, and the Glee cast for the 2013 Glee episode "Girls (and Boys) On Film".

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Brian Grant. It features several scenes from the film, in particular the warehouse where Kevin Bacon's character performs an unorchestrated dance routine (which was actually performed to a different song in the film itself).

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 8
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[4] 26
Canada (RPM) 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 4
Italy (Musica e Dischi)[6] 17
New Zealand (RIANZ) 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 4
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 6
US Billboard Hot 100 1
Preceded by
"Jump" by Van Halen
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 25, 1984 – April 14, 1984
Succeeded by
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins
Preceded by
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
Canadian RPM Singles Chart number-one single
April 14, 1984 – April 21, 1984
Succeeded by
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins
Preceded by
"Eat It" by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
May 14, 1984 - May 28, 1984
Succeeded by
"Hello" by Lionel Richie
Preceded by
"Hello" by Lionel Richie
New Zealand Singles Chart
June 1, 1984 - June 28, 1984
Succeeded by
"I'm Only Shooting Love" by Time Bandits

Blake Shelton version[edit]

"Footloose"
BlakeSheltonFootloose.jpg
"Footloose" cover
Song by Blake Shelton from the album Footloose
Released November 8, 2011 (2011-11-08)
Format Music download
Genre Country rock
Length 3:38
Label Atlantic
Writer Kenny Loggins, Dean Pitchford

Blake Shelton covered the song for the 2011 version of the film. Shelton's version also appears on the film's soundtrack. It charted at number 63 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in November 2011. A music video for Shelton's version of the song, directed by Shaun Silva, premiered in October 2011.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 53
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 63
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 59

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