(Everything I Do) I Do It for You

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"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
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Single by Bryan Adams
from the album Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (Original Soundtrack) and Waking Up the Neighbours
B-side
ReleasedJune 18, 1991
RecordedMarch 1991
Genre
Length
  • 6:34 (album version)
  • 4:06 (single/video version)
LabelA&M
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Robert "Mutt" Lange
Bryan Adams singles chronology
"Only the Strong Survive"
(1987)
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
(1991)
"Can't Stop This Thing We Started"
(1991)
Music video
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" on YouTube
Audio sample

"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" is a power ballad by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams. Written by Adams, Michael Kamen, and Robert John "Mutt" Lange, it was the lead single for both the soundtrack album from the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Adams's sixth studio album, Waking Up the Neighbours (1991).

The song was an enormous chart success internationally, reaching the number-one position on the music charts of at least nineteen countries, notable exceptions in the Western World being Italy (number three) and Spain (number four). It is particularly notable for its success in the United Kingdom, where it spent sixteen consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart, the longest uninterrupted run ever on that chart as of 2021. It also topped the Europe-wide sales chart for eighteen continuous weeks. In the United States, it topped the Billboard Hot 100, which combines radio airplay and sales, for seven weeks, but stayed at number one for seventeen consecutive weeks on the sales-only chart.[2] It went on to sell more than 15 million copies worldwide, making it Adams's most successful song, and one of the best-selling singles of all time.[3] The song has been covered by hundreds of singers and artists around the world.

Background[edit]

The musicians on the original recording are Adams on lead vocals, backing vocals and rhythm guitar, Bill Payne (piano), Mickey Curry (drums), Larry Klein (bass), Keith Scott (lead guitar and backing vocals), and Mutt Lange (synthesizers). 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.[4] The song is performed in the key of D major.[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" had the longest unbroken run at number one, spending sixteen consecutive weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart from July 7, 1991, to October 27 when it dropped to number four.[6] It also topped the Europe-wide sales chart for eighteen continuous weeks, still an all-time record, and topped the European-wide radio airplay chart for ten weeks.[7]

In the United States, the power ballad[8] spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, which combines radio airplay and sales, the longest running number one song since 1983, and seventeen consecutive weeks at number one on the sales-only chart, which at the time set the all-time record for consecutive weeks at one.[2] Billboard ranked it as the number-one pop song for 1991.[9] It also held the number one spot on the US Adult Contemporary Chart for eight consecutive weeks, the longest run atop that chart since 1979, and was the number one song of the year on that chart.[10]

"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" also spent nine weeks atop the singles chart in Adams's native Canada,[11] eleven weeks atop the Australian Singles Chart, and twelve weeks atop the Sweden Singles Chart. In most of the countries which hit ascended to number one, it was the number one song for the year 1991, exceptions being Germany (number two), Austria (number two) and Switzerland (number three).

As of January 25, 2021, the three live versions of the video for the song have 487 million views on YouTube; the original official video released in 1991 with clips of the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves included has not been available on YouTube.[12] It is the second most viewed song of Adams' on YouTube behind "Please Forgive Me" with 549 million views[13] and just ahead of video's featuring Adams' "Heaven" which have 479 million views.[14]

Music videos[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Julien Temple.[15] It shows Adams and his band performing the song in a forest with a silk mill in the background, and Adams alone performing on a rocky beachside, intercut with scenes from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The video was filmed in a forest with the derelict silk mill near Holford in the Quantock Hills and on a beach with geological cliff formations near Kilve, Somerset.[16][17] A video was also commissioned for a live version of the song, directed by Andy Morahan.[18]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Adams, Kamen, and Lange won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television,[19] 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."[20] As recently as July 2020, it placed at number 13 on YouTube's "Most Listened to Rock Countdown", a monthly tally of the most viewed and listened to songs of the rock genre, both in current release and from the past; this was the second highest song by Adams' after "Please Forgive Me" at number 10.[21] The song was placed 18th in a survey of the favourite songs of British readers of the Guinness Book of Records.[22]

Charts[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[47] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[70] Platinum 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[71] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[72] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[73] Gold 45,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[75] Gold 508,000[74]
Germany (BVMI)[76] Platinum 500,000^
Italy (FIMI)[77] Gold 25,000double-dagger
Netherlands (NVPI)[78] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[79] Platinum 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[80] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[82] 3× Platinum 1,850,000[81]
United States (RIAA)[83] 3× Platinum 4,100,000[2]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Fatima Mansions version[edit]

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.[84] 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,[84] and reached number 12 in the Republic of Ireland.[85] However, the Manic Street Preachers song received most of the UK radio airplay.[84][86]

Brandy version[edit]

"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
Brandy Norwood – (Everything I Do) I Do It for You.jpg
Single by Brandy
from the album Never Say Never
ReleasedSeptember 28, 1999
Length4:06
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)David Foster
Brandy singles chronology
"U Don't Know Me"
(1998)
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
(1999)
"Never Say Never"
(2000)
Audio
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" on YouTube

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. That same year, she performed the song live at VH1 Divas Live '99 alongside Faith Hill.

Track listings[edit]

  • Australian CD single[87]
  1. "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" – 4:10
  2. "U Don't Know Me" – 4:29
  3. "Have You Ever?" (Soul Skank Remix) – 5:40

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are taken from Never Say Never liner notes.[88]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[89] 28

See also[edit]

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