Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

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"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
Four different single covers
Single by Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
from the album Be Yourself Tonight and Who's Zoomin' Who?
Released October, 1985
Format 7" single, 12" single, cassette single
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop rock, soul
Length 5:52 (album version)
4:29 (single version)
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart
Producer(s) David A. Stewart
Eurythmics singles chronology
"There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)"
"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
"It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"
Aretha Franklin chronology
"Who's Zoomin' Who"
"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
"Another Night"
Music video
"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" by Eurythmics on YouTube

"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" is a 1985 song recorded as a duet by British pop duo Eurythmics and American soul/R&B musician Aretha Franklin. It was released as a single by RCA Records in October 1985, and was featured on both Eurythmics' Be Yourself Tonight and Franklin's Who's Zoomin' Who? albums.


"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" is considered to be a modern feminist anthem[citation needed], and was written by Eurythmics' Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. They had originally intended to duet with Tina Turner, who was unavailable at the time and so the duo approached Aretha Franklin instead.

The song was highly successful, reaching #9 on the UK Singles Chart and #18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Along with Eurythmics and Franklin, the track features three of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers; Stan Lynch on drums, Benmont Tench on organ, and Mike Campbell on lead guitar, plus session bassist Nathan East.

Music video[edit]

Aretha co-owned Detroit's Club Taboo on Woodbridge. This music video was taped at Detroit's Music Hall. The video is interspersed with clips from old black and white films, including 1962's A Kind of Loving. The video uses the single version of the song, as opposed to the album version.

Track listings[edit]


  • A: "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" (7" Version) - 4:35
  • B: "I Love You Like A Ball And Chain" (LP Version) - 4:08


  • A1: "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" (LP Version) - 5:54
  • B1: "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" (ET Mix) - 7:53
  • B2: "I Love You Like A Ball And Chain" (LP Version) - 4:08

Cover versions[edit]

  • The song was performed by the cartoon character Lisa Simpson (as sung by actress Yeardley Smith) along with the Wilson sisters and Lisa's aunts Patty and Selma Bouvier on The Yellow Album released in 1998.
  • In 2005, The Pointer Sisters recorded a cover version of the song with Belgian singer Natalia. The single was released only in Belgium in October 2005 and reached number two on the Belgian singles chart.
  • Dutch singer Raffaëla Paton, winner of the 3rd season of the reality series Idols Netherlands, recorded a cover of the song with Idols runner-up Floortje Smit. Their rendition was included on Paton's 2006 debut album Raffaëla.
  • Hazell Dean recorded a cover version of this song with American Diva Marina in 1998 on MRK Records. The recording was not a commercial success.[1]

Live cover performances[edit]

References in other media[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 17
Canadian Singles Chart[3] 33
Dutch Singles Chart[4] 17
German Singles Chart[5] 22
Irish Singles Chart[6] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[7] 6
Polish Singles Chart[citation needed] 29
Swiss Singles Chart[8] 20
UK Singles Chart[9] 9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 18
U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[10] 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[11] 36


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