All I Wanna Do (Sheryl Crow song)

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"All I Wanna Do"
All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow US commercial cassette.jpg
US commercial cassette single
Single by Sheryl Crow
from the album Tuesday Night Music Club
B-side"Solidify" "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday"
ReleasedApril 4, 1994
FormatCD single, cassette single
RecordedToad Hall, Pasadena, California, 1993
GenreCountry pop
Length4:32 (Album version)
4:11 (Remix)
Songwriter(s)Sheryl Crow, David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Kevin Gilbert, Wyn Cooper
Producer(s)Bill Bottrell
Sheryl Crow singles chronology
"What I Can Do for You"
"All I Wanna Do"
"Leaving Las Vegas"
Audio sample

"All I Wanna Do" is a song performed by Sheryl Crow and written by Wyn Cooper, Sheryl Crow, David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell and Kevin Gilbert, with lyrics adapted from Cooper's 1987 poem "Fun". It was Crow's breakthrough hit from her 1993 debut album Tuesday Night Music Club. The song was the winner of the 1995 Grammy Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and was nominated for Song of the Year. The song is Crow's biggest US hit, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 behind "I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men for six consecutive weeks from October 8 to November 12, 1994. In addition to this it also peaked at number one on the Adult Contemporary charts in both the US and Canada,[1] as well as the pop charts in Canada and at number four on the UK Singles Chart.

Crow performed the song on her live album Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park.


The lyrics for the song are based on the poem "Fun" by Wyn Cooper.[2][3] Crow's producer (Bottrell) discovered Cooper's poetry book The Country of Here Below in a Pasadena, California, used bookstore. Crow adapted "Fun" into the lyrics for her song – earning Cooper considerable royalties, and helping to promote his book, originally published in a run of only 500 copies in 1987, into multiple reprints.

The opening spoken line, "This ain't no disco", is a reference to the song "Life During Wartime" by Talking Heads.[4]

The song also samples elements of Marvin Gaye's song Got To Give It Up.


Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune called the song "a rewrite of Stealers Wheel's 'Stuck in the Middle with You.'"[5]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by David Hogan, who also directed her debut video for "Leaving Las Vegas". It features Crow and her band performing the song on the street, with notable characters flying through the air. The video was filmed in front of the Roxy Theatre at the corner of Franklin Street and North 1st Street in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Two versions of the music video exist. The original video featured the character "Billy", mentioned in the song, played by actor Gregory Sporleder. A second version of the video was released with the character's appearances edited out. The edited version appears on Crow's "Greatest Hits" music video DVD.

In 2009, an additional music video was released, featured on the 2009 re-release of "Tuesday Night Music Club".

Track listings[edit]

US commercial cassette single (cat. no. 31458 0702 4)

  1. "All I Wanna Do" (Remix)
  2. "Solidify"

US promotional CD single (cat. no. 31458 8298 2)

  1. "All I Wanna Do" (Remix)
  2. "All I Wanna Do" (LP version)

French CD single (cat. no. 580-654-2)

  1. "All I Wanna Do"
  2. "What I Can Do for You" – Live at the Borderline

German CD single (cat. no. 580-655-2)

  1. "All I Wanna Do"
  2. "I Shall Believe" – Live in Nashville
  3. "What I Can Do for You" – Live at the Borderline

UK CD #1 (cat. no. 580-843-2)

  1. "All I Wanna Do" – Remix
  2. "Solidify"
  3. "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday"

European CD single (cat. no. 580-844-2)

  1. "All I Wanna Do"

UK CD #2 (cat. no. 580-845-2)

  1. "All I Wanna Do" – live acoustic for Virgin Radio UK
  2. "Run Baby Run" – Live acoustic for Virgin Radio UK
  3. "Leaving Las Vegas" – Live acoustic for Virgin Radio UK

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Amy Studt version[edit]

"All I Wanna Do"
Single by Amy Studt
from the album False Smiles (re-release)
ReleasedJanuary 12, 2004
FormatCD single, digital download
Songwriter(s)Wyn Cooper, Sheryl Crow, David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Kevin Gilbert
Amy Studt singles chronology
"Under the Thumb"
"All I Wanna Do"

English singer-songwriter Amy Studt released a cover version of the song as her fourth single. Amy was asked personally by Sheryl Crow to record a cover of the song.[19]

Released on January 12, 2004, the single reached a peak of #21 in the charts. It was taken from the re-release of her debut album, False Smiles. Following the peaking of "All I Wanna Do", Studt was dropped from her record label Polydor for poor sales.[20]

Track listing

  1. "All I Wanna Do"
  2. "Forget It All"
  3. "You're the Breeze"
  4. "All I Wanna Do" (video)
Chart (2004) Peak
Irish Singles Chart 25

Other versions[edit]

"Weird Al" Yankovic included All I Wanna Do in his polka medley "The Alternative Polka" from his album Bad Hair Day.

U.S. singer Joanne Farrell released a dance version of the song in 1995. The song reached #40 on the Dance Charts and unknown on the Billboard Hot 100.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary charts: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 67.
  2. ^ Cooper, Wyn (1987). "Text of the poem "Fun", from The Country of Here Below". Ahsahta Press. ISBN 0916272346. OCLC 18272513. Archived from the original on August 31, 2001. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "Wyn Cooper: A Serendipitous Career,". Archived from the original on August 23, 2009. Retrieved October 31, 2006.
  4. ^ Caitlin, Roger (March 3, 1995). "Crow An Outsider? Not In This (l.a.) Club". Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  5. ^ Kot, Greg (August 26, 1997). "Lawdy, Ms. Crow: Top-selling Singer Has Songs But Lacks Emotional Honesty". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "All I Wanna Do", in various singles charts (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
  7. ^ "Canadian peak". Archived from the original on July 6, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  8. ^ Irish Singles Chart Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
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  10. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
  11. ^ "Sheryl Crow Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. ^ a b c d e Billboard (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
  13. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1994". RPM. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100–1994". Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100–1995". Archived from the original on August 15, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  16. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on November 1, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  17. ^ "British single certifications – Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 1, 2015. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type All I Wanna Do in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 1, 2015. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  19. ^ "Studt's Crow fears".
  20. ^ "Polydor axes Studt due to poor record sales". The Sun. London.

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