Everything Works If You Let It

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"Everything Works if You Let It"
Cheap Trick Everything Works if You Let It 1980 Single Release.jpeg
Single by Cheap Trick
from the album Roadie (soundtrack)
B-side "Way of the World"
"Heaven Tonight" (UK)
Released May 1980[1]
Format 7"
Genre Rock, Power Pop
Length 3:06
Label Epic Records
Songwriter(s) Rick Nielsen
Producer(s) George Martin
Cheap Trick singles chronology
"I'll Be with You Tonight"
(1980)
"Everything Works if You Let It"
(1980)
"Day Tripper (Live)"
(1980)

"I'll Be with You Tonight"
(1980)
"Everything Works if You Let It "
(1980)
"Day Tripper (Live)"
(1980)
Alternative Cover
Japanese cover of "Everything Works if You Let It"
Japanese cover of "Everything Works if You Let It"

"Everything Works if You Let It" is a song by American rock band Cheap Trick, released in 1980 as a single from the soundtrack of the film Roadie.[2] It was written by Rick Nielsen and produced by George Martin.[3] "Everything Works If You Let It" reached No. 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 40 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles.[4][5]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Billboard described the song as a "rocking uptempo composition", adding: "Disk has the group's trademarked stamp of pop innocence and instrumentation is upfront".[6] Cash Box listed the single as one of their "feature picks" during May 1980. They commented: "Rick Nielsen's buzzsaw guitar work sets the breakneck pace of the first single from Roadie. Robin Zander's Beatlesque vocals pack a pop wallop, prodded on by the expert rhythm section of Petersson and Carlos. A hot add for Top 40 AOR."[7]

In a retrospective review of the Roadie soundtrack, Whitney Z. Gomes of AllMusic stated: "Cheap Trick's killer opener shotguns the protagonist's motto "Everything Works If You Let It" into an unholy marriage of "Spirit of Radio" and "Hey Jude." This George Martin-ated miracle alone blows away side two..."[8] In 2016, Rolling Stone included the song in their list "10 Insanely Great Cheap Trick Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know". Author Tom Beaujour described the song as an "uptempo rocker with a killer riff and descending psychedelic bridge", which "stands with their best work".[9]

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. "Everything Works if You Let It" - 3:06
  2. "Way of the World" - 3:41
7" single (UK release)
  1. "Everything Works if You Let It" - 3:06
  2. "Heaven Tonight" - 5:38
7" single (Canadian promo)
  1. "Everything Works if You Let It" - 3:06
7" single (US promo)
  1. "Everything Works if You Let It" - 3:06
  2. "Everything Works if You Let It" - 3:06

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles[5] 40
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 44

Personnel[edit]

Cheap Trick
Additional personnel
  • George Martin - producer of "Everything Works if You Let It"
  • Geoff Emerick - engineer on "Everything Works if You Let It"
  • Tom Werman - producer of "Way of the World" and "Heaven Tonight"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cheap Trick - Everything Works If You Let It / Way Of The World - Epic - USA - 9-50887". 45cat. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Roadie (1980)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Cheap Trick - Everything Works If You Let It (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  4. ^ a b Billboard. "Cheap Trick Everything Works If You Let It Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Item: 197 - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  6. ^ Billboard magazine - Billboard's Top Single Picks - May 24, 1980 - page 82
  7. ^ Cash Box newspaper - Reviews: Singles - May 24, 1980 - page 21
  8. ^ AllMusic Review by Whitney Z. Gomes. "Roadie [Original Soundtrack] - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  9. ^ Beaujour, Tom (2016-04-05). ""Everything Works If You Let It" (1980) | 10 Insanely Great Cheap Trick Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-04-08.