I Swear

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"I Swear"
Single by John Michael Montgomery
from the album Kickin' It Up
Released December 13, 1993
Format CD single, Cassette single, 7" vinyl
Recorded 1993
Genre Country
Label Atlantic Nashville
Writer(s) Gary Baker
Frank J. Myers
Producer(s) Scott Hendricks
Certification Gold (RIAA)
John Michael Montgomery singles chronology
"Beer and Bones"
(1993)
"I Swear"
(1993)
"Rope the Moon"
(1994)

"I Swear" is a ballad written by Gary Baker and Frank J. Myers that became a hit for two acts in 1994. Initially, it was a Number One single on the U.S. Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for American country music artist John Michael Montgomery at the beginning of the year. His version crossed over to pop radio and climbed to #42 on the Billboard Hot 100. A few months later, American pop group All-4-One covered the song and achieved a great success in many countries.

Content[edit]

The song is a ballad in which the narrator promises his significant other that he will always love her.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Marc Ball and premiered in late 1993.

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi—United States (1993)
  1. "I Swear" – 4:23
  2. "Line on Love" – 2:37
  3. "Dream on Texas Ladies" – 3:08
  4. "Friday at Five" – 2:41

Charts[edit]

"I Swear" debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of December 18, 1993.

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[1] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 42
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 8
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

All-4-One version[edit]

"I Swear"
Single by All-4-One
from the album All-4-One
Released April 28, 1994
Format CD single, cassette, 7" single
Recorded 1993
Genre Pop, R&B
Label Blitzz/Atlantic Records
Producer(s) David Foster
All-4-One singles chronology
"So Much in Love"
(1993)
"I Swear"
(1994)
"(She's Got) Skillz"
(1994)

Several months after John Michael Montgomery had released his original version, R&B/pop vocal quartet All-4-One recorded their own version with producer David Foster.

All-4-One's version hit number one in numerous countries, including the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., where it remained for eleven consecutive weeks. It peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart (behind Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around) and stayed at number two for seven consecutive weeks and spent a total of 18 weeks in the chart. The All-4-One version was slightly different, in that the line "And when there's silver in your hair" from the second verse was replaced by "And when just the two of us are there." This version was ranked at #78 on Billboard's Top 100 songs in the 50-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[6]

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single. It portrays the members of All-4-One hanging out on a rooftop, until they spot a woman they clearly identify as a target. The rest of the music video shows the band members harassing the woman on the street until she finally escapes onto a public bus. It is unclear if this music video was meant as some sort of PSA to warn young women of the dangers they may face even in broad daylight.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "I Swear" (radio edit) – 3:43
  2. "I Swear" (radio remix) – 4:19
CD maxi
  1. "I Swear" (radio edit) – 3:43
  2. "I Swear" (radio mix) – 4:18
  3. "I Swear" (radio remix) – 4:18
  4. "I Swear" (album version) – 4:18
7" single
  1. "I Swear" (radio edit) – 3:43
  2. "I Swear" (radio remix) – 4:19

Charts and sales[edit]

POPSTARS Germany 2010 finalists version[edit]

"I Swear"
Single by Gary Baker Feat. POPSTARS
from the album No Sleep
Released 19 November 2010 (2010-11-19)
Format CD single, digital single
Genre Pop
Length 4:03
Label Starwatch/Warner
Producer(s) Gary Baker
LaViVe chronology
"I Swear"
(2010)
"No Time for Sleeping"
(2010)

The final eleven contestants from Popstars: Girls forever, ninth season of TV talent show POPSTARS in Germany released a cover version of the song with Gary Baker on November 19, 2010. The finalists premiered the song live on the November 18th edition of the programme; the single was available for digital download on November 16, 2010 and a physical release followed the day after the Live performance. The song was recorded at Noiseblock Studios in Florence, Alabama.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "I Swear" – 04:03
  2. "Empire of Love" – 03:28

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
German Singles Chart 68

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song was sung by South Korean entertainer Ji Suk-jin in 1993 for a reporter audition for SBS, the video recording of which resurfaced on the 8th episode of Running Man, to great comedic effect.
  • The song was performed by the Minions in a wedding scene between Gru (the movie's main character) and Lucy (his partner in a case investigation) in the 2013 animated film Despicable Me 2 (humorously but deliberately sung as "Underwear") and its soundtrack.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 14, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "John Michael Montgomery Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for John Michael Montgomery.
  3. ^ "John Michael Montgomery Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for John Michael Montgomery.
  4. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1994". RPM. December 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Best of 1994: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "I Swear", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 26, 2008)
  8. ^ Belgian peak
  9. ^ 1994 Canadian RPM Top Singles [1] (Retrieved November 11, 2010)
  10. ^ Danish peak
  11. ^ Eurochart peak
  12. ^ source: Pennanen, Timo: Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972. Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava, 2006. ISBN 9789511210535. page: 280
  13. ^ "All-4-One singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  14. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 26, 2008)
  15. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1994" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  16. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 26, 2008)
  17. ^ a b c d e Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  18. ^ 1994 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved April 26, 2008)
  19. ^ 1994 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved April 26, 2008)
  20. ^ 1994 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  21. ^ 1994 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved April 26, 2008)
  22. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1994". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  23. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  24. ^ Austrian certifications ifpi.at (Retrieved April 24, 2008)
  25. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('I+Swear')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved April 24, 2008. 
  26. ^ Dutch certifications nvpi.nl (Retrieved December 9, 2008)
  27. ^ Swedish certifications Ifpi.se (Retrieved September 11, 2008)
  28. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  29. ^ U.S. certifications RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - I Swear, accessed 2009-07-13

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Live Until I Die"
by Clay Walker
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

February 5–26, 1994
Succeeded by
"I Just Wanted You to Know"
by Mark Chesnutt
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

February 14–28, 1994
Preceded by
"Chattahoochee"
by Alan Jackson
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single of the year

1994
Succeeded by
"Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)"
by John Michael Montgomery
Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Bump n' Grind" by R. Kelly
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 21, 1994 – July 30, 1994
Succeeded by
"Stay (I Missed You)" by Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
Preceded by
"Baby, I Love Your Way" by Big Mountain
Mainstream Top 40 number-one single
May 28, 1994 – July 2, 1994
Succeeded by
"Don't Turn Around" by Ace of Base
Preceded by
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
July 8, 1994 – August 12, 1994
Succeeded by
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
Preceded by
"Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies
Canadian number-one single
June 20, 1994 – July 4, 1994
Succeeded by
"Don't Turn Around" by Ace Of Base
Preceded by
"Baby, I Love Your Way" by Big Mountain
"När vi gräver guld i USA" by Glenmark / Eriksson / Strömstedt
Swedish number-one single
July 15, 1994 (1 week)
July 29, 1994
Succeeded by
"När vi gräver guld i USA" by Glenmark / Eriksson / Strömstedt
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
Preceded by
"Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies
German number-one single
July 22, 1994 – September 16, 1994
Succeeded by
"Eins, zwei, polizei" by Mo-Do
Preceded by
"7 Seconds" by Youssou N'Dour and Neneh Cherry
Swiss number-one single
July 31, 1994 – October 16, 1994
Succeeded by
"Let the Dream Come True" by DJ Bobo
Preceded by
"Dreams (Will Come Alive)" by 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor featuring Des'Ray And D-Rock
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
August 6, 1994 – August 13, 1994
Succeeded by
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
Preceded by
"Eins, Zwei, Polizei" by Mo-Do
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
Austria number-one single
August 21, 1994 – September 11, 1994
September 25, 1994 - October 10, 1994
October 16, 1994 - October 23, 1994
Succeeded by
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
"Hey Süßer" by Lucilectric