(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
|"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"|
|Single by Bryan Adams|
|from the album Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves soundtrack and Waking Up the Neighbours|
|B-side||"She's Only Happy When She's Dancing" (Live in Belgium 1989)|
|Released||June 18, 1991|
|Producer(s)||Robert "Mutt" Lange|
|Bryan Adams singles chronology|
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams. Written by Adams, Michael Kamen and Robert John "Mutt" Lange, featured on two albums simultaneously on its release, the soundtrack album from the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and on Adams' sixth album Waking Up the Neighbours (1991). The song was an enormous chart success internationally, particularly in the United Kingdom, where it spent sixteen consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart (the longest in British chart history). It went on to sell more than 15 million copies worldwide, making it Adams' most successful song and one of the best-selling singles of all time. Subsequently, the song has been covered by hundreds of singers and artists around the world.
The musicians on the original recording are Adams on lead vocals and guitar, Bill Payne (piano), Mickey Curry (drums), Larry Klein (bass), Keith Scott (guitar) and Mutt Lange (keyboards and background vocals). Based on orchestral music by Kamen, the song was written in London, UK at the studio Adams was working at in 1990, and he and Lange wrote it in 45 minutes, recording it the following March and releasing it three months later. The song is performed in the key of D ♭ major.
Charts and certifications
In the United Kingdom, "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" has the longest unbroken run at number one, spending sixteen consecutive weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart from July to October 1991.
It also spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and nine weeks atop the Canadian Singles Chart in Adams's native Canada. Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song for 1991.
Adams, Kamen and Lange won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television, and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1992. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song but lost to "Beauty and the Beast".
Sales and certifications
Fatima Mansions version
The Irish band Fatima Mansions released a heavily altered cover of the song as part of an NME tribute album in aid of the charity, the Spastics Society. The single was a double A-side with the Manic Street Preachers' version of "Suicide Is Painless". The single entered the UK top ten in 1992, and reached number 12 in the Republic of Ireland. However, The Manic Street Preachers song received most of the UK radio airplay.
|"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"|
|Single by Brandy|
|from the album Never Say Never|
|Released||September 28, 1999|
|Brandy singles chronology|
American singer Brandy rerecorded "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" for the standard version of her second studio album Never Say Never (1998). Producer David Foster reworked the arrangement of the original song, with Dean Parks playing the acoustic guitar.
In 1999, her cover version was released as the album's final single on a double A-side with "U Don't Know Me" on the Oceanic music market, where it reached the top 30 of New Zealand's RIANZ singles chart.
- Australian CD single
- "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" – 4:10
- "U Don't Know Me" – 4:29
- "Have You Ever?" (Soul Skank Remix) – 5:40
Credits and personnel
Credits are taken from Never Say Never liner notes.
- Composer – Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen, R.J. Lange
- Production – David Foster
- Acoustic guitar – Dean Parks
- Electric guitar – Michael Thompson
- Programming – Felipe Elgueta
- Mixing – Tom Bender
- Recording – Al Schmitt
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||28|
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