This Is It (Kenny Loggins song)

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"This Is It"
Single by Kenny Loggins
from the album Keep the Fire
B-side "Will It Last"
Released November, 1979
Format 7" single
Genre Funk rock, soft rock, soul
Length 3:35
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Kenny Loggins
Michael McDonald
Producer(s) Tom Dowd
Kenny Loggins singles chronology
"Easy Driver"
"This Is It"
"Keep the Fire"

"This Is It" is a song by American musician Kenny Loggins. It was released in 1979 as the lead single from his 1979 album Keep the Fire. It reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 17 on the Adult Contemporary chart. "This Is It" was also successful on the soul chart, reaching number 19.[1]

The song features additional vocals by Michael McDonald, who co-wrote the song with Loggins. The song won a Grammy Award in 1981 for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.

Background and writing[edit]

At one point in the song's evolution, its melody was underway, but the lyrics were incomplete. Loggins moved it forward after a visit to his ailing father, who had undergone a series of surgeries for vascular problems stemming from small strokes and was discouraged at the prospect of another. His perspective on the lyrics then changed: "'I've got it,' I announced to Michael, it's not a love song. It's a life song."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Uses in popular culture[edit]

It appears in the 2013 film Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

It appears on "America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions" episode: the 1981 49ers on NFL Network in 2007.


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