Somebody (Bryan Adams song)

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"Somebody"
Single by Bryan Adams
from the album Reckless
Released 1985
Format 7" single
Recorded March 1984 in Vancouver, Canada
Genre Rock
Length 4:42
Label A&M
Writer(s) Bryan Adams
Jim Vallance
Producer(s) Bob Clearmountain
Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams singles chronology
"Run to You"
(1984)
"Somebody"
(1985)
"Heaven"
(1985)

"Somebody" is a rock song written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance for Adams fourth studio album Reckless (1984). It was the second single released from the album Reckless. The song topped the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Critical reception[edit]

Stewart Mason from Allmusic said "Following the Big Rawk Anthem ("Run to You") and the Sensitive Power Ballad ("Heaven"), "Somebody" covers the third base as a straight-ahead singalong pop song with a killer chorus. A gift to an entire generation of cover bands working the bar circuit, "Somebody" has a chorus so simple and catchy that you can actually sing along to it even if you've never actually heard the song before, and Adams and his indispensable musical partner, Jim Vallance, helpfully point out the feasibility of said activity by incorporating a large, somewhat ragged group of backing vocalists for the lengthy vamp of a fadeout. Rather like "Run to You," "Somebody" is just slightly too schematic to qualify as an all-time heartland rock classic, but it still sounds good on the radio."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

"Somebody" was released in the winter of 1985 and became one of the most successful songs from Reckless on the American rock charts and arguably one of Adams most recognizable and popular songs.[2] "Somebody" was released worldwide in 1984.[2] The song was Adams second number one hit on the Top Rock Tracks chart and number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] "Somebody" reached the top twenty on the Canadian album chart and remained in the top twenty for six weeks. "Somebody" was Adams third top twenty hit on the Canadian chart.[3] "Somebody" was released the following month in Europe and peaked at the top twenty in Ireland at number 20 and reached the Top 40 on the UK Singles Chart at 35 and was his third single to chart in Europe.[4][5]

Music videos[edit]

There are two music videos for the song. One features visual footage of Adams and his band performing the song live in a concert hall, with the audience screaming in the background. The other shows Adams walking out of a stadium and through a field, interspersed with shots of him with his guitar, as well as a woman (played by Lysette Anthony) who appears to be having relationship problems with her boyfriend; the video culminates with Adams walking out onto the field of a packed football stadium while a video of him playing the song plays on the big screen.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Somebody"   Adams, Vallance 4:44
2. "Long Gone"   Adams, Vallance 3:57

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Canada (RPM)[3] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 20
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[4] 35
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 11
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks[3] 1

File sharing lawsuit[edit]

Main article: Capitol v. Thomas

"Somebody" was part of the 24 songs, for which the first file-sharing copyright infringement lawsuit brought by major record labels to be tried to a jury. Jammie Thomas, single mother of four, was found liable in a 2007 trial for downloading the 24 songs from Kazaa and ordered to pay $222,000($9,250/song) in damages, in a second trial, in 2009, a jury again found against Thomas, this time awarding $1,920,000($80,000/song) in damages.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Somebody". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Album notes for Anthology by Dave Marsh (CD booklet). A&M Records (A&M 5613).". 2005-10-18. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Artist Chart History (singles) - Bryan Adams". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Bryan Adams". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  5. ^ a b "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Charts. Retrieved 2008-06-24.