Young Hearts Run Free

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"Young Hearts Run Free"
Single by Candi Staton
from the album Young Hearts Run Free
Released 1976
Genre Disco, R&B, soul
Length 4:08
3:51 (7" version)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) David Crawford
Producer(s) David Crawford

"Young Hearts Run Free" is a disco song written by David Crawford and originally recorded by American soul singer Candi Staton.

Candi Staton recording[edit]

"Young Hearts Run Free" was written by its producer David Crawford. According to Staton, the song's genesis was a conversation she had with Crawford over lunch in Los Angeles: Staton – "Dave Crawford was always asking me: 'What's happening in your life'...and I was [then] with someone I shouldn't have been with and it was hard getting out of that...very abusive relationship"[1]..."I [noticed] that [Crawford] was taking notes, and he said, 'You know, I’m gonna write you a song. I’m gonna write you a song that's gonna last forever.'"[2]

Released in 1976 from the album of the same title, it spent a week at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart. It also peaked at number twenty on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[3] Along with the tracks "Run to Me" and "Destiny," "Young Hearts Run Free" went to number eight on the dance/disco charts.[4] "Young Hearts Run Free" was one of only two songs by Staton to reach the top 10 on the UK Singles Chart, it peaked at number two behind The Real Thing's "You to Me Are Everything."[5] The 1976 single releases had "I Know" on the B-side.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 20
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1
UK Singles Chart 2


In 1997 Kym Mazelle's cover from Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet reached #20 in the UK. American singer Gloria Estefan covered the song in 2005 for the series Desperate Housewives on the Music from and Inspired by Desperate Housewives album. UK singer Sonia included a version on her 1993 album Better the Devil You Know. The Swell Season did a version of the song for Levi's Pioneer Sessions 2010 Revival Recordings. Jully Black also did a cover of the song. This song was almost covered by Mikalah Gordon on the fourth installment of American Idol. German singer Lian Ross recorded this song in 2009, and it was a number 1 radio-hit in Spain; then she re-recorded and featured this one on her album "I Got The Beat" (2013). In 2008, the song was also featured in the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto IV on the in-game radio station K109 The Studio.


  1. ^ Staton, Candi (June 6, 2011). Interview with Chris Watts. The Chris Watts Show. 107 Meridian FM.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  2. ^ "Interview with Candi Staton". Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 549. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 245. 
  5. ^ "Singles Chart For 10/07/1976". Chart Stats. 1976-07-17. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 

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Preceded by
"I Want You" by Marvin Gaye
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number one single
June 5, 1976
Succeeded by
"I'll Be Good to You" by The Brothers Johnson