Every Little Bit Hurts

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"Every Little Bit Hurts"
Single by Brenda Holloway
from the album Every Little Bit Hurts
ReleasedMarch 26, 1964
Songwriter(s)Ed Cobb
Producer(s)Hal Davis, Marc Gordon
Brenda Holloway singles chronology
"Every Little Bit Hurts"
"I'll Always Love You"
"Every Little Bit Hurts"
Single by Spencer Davis Group
from the album Their First LP
B-side"It Hurts Me So"
Released5 February 1965
GenrePop, rock
LabelFontana Records
Songwriter(s)Ed Cobb
Producer(s)Hal Davis, Marc Gordon
Spencer Davis Group singles chronology
"I Can't Stand It"
"Every Little Bit Hurts"
"Strong Love"

"Every Little Bit Hurts" was originally a 1964 hit single for Motown soul singer Brenda Holloway, written by Ed Cobb.[1]


Though she was against recording the song again (she recorded it a couple of years before signing with Motown), she reluctantly recorded the song[citation needed] and the label released it in the summer of the year. "Every Little Bit Hurts" was a big hit peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100,[2][3] and became one of Holloway's trademark singles.


Chart history[edit]

Brenda Holloway
Chart (1964) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 13
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[6] 18
Spencer Davis Group
Chart (1965) Peak
Canada RPM Top Singles 9
UK 41
Graeme "Shirley" Strachan

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1977) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 74

Alicia Keys version[edit]

"Every Little Bit Hurts"
Single by Alicia Keys
from the album Unplugged
ReleasedJanuary 17, 2006
RecordedJuly 4, 2005
StudioBrooklyn Academy of Music (New York, New York)
  • 4:01 (Album version)
  • 3:58 (Radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Ed Cobb
Producer(s)Alex Coletti
Alicia Keys singles chronology
"Don't Give Up (Africa)"
"Every Little Bit Hurts"
"Ghetto Story"
Music video
"Every Little Bit Hurts" on YouTube

"Every Little Bit Hurts" was included by American recording artist Alicia Keys on her live album, Unplugged (2005). It was released as the album's second and last single in 2006. It failed to enter the US and international charts.

Critical reception[edit]

Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine felt that Keys treated the song "like [a] vocal audition[...] and not the blank canvas[...] of an interpretive artist".[8]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Justin Francis, the video premiered on January 17, 2006 on BET's 106 & Park.

Track listing[edit]

  • US promotional CD single[9]
  1. "Every Little Bit Hurts" (Radio Edit) – 3:58
  2. "Every Little Bit Hurts" (Call Out Hook) – 0:10
  3. "Every Little Bit Hurts" (Radio Edit) (MP3 format) – 3:58


  1. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol 4: 1964 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 289.
  3. ^ Every Little Bit Hurts at AllMusic
  4. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles, June 20, 1964". Archived from the original on February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "Kent Music Report No 183 – 26 December 1977 > National Top 100 Singles for 1977". Kent Music Report. Retrieved 13 June 2021 – via Imgur.com.
  8. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2005-10-13). "Alicia Keys: Unplugged". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  9. ^ Every Little Bit Hurts (US promotional CD single liner notes). Alicia Keys. J Records. 2005. 82876-75977-2.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)

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