I'll Stand by You
|"I'll Stand by You"|
|Single by The Pretenders|
|from the album Last of the Independents|
|B-side||"Rebel Rock Me"|
|Released||July 21, 1994|
|The Pretenders singles chronology|
"I'll Stand by You" is a song recorded by The Pretenders from their sixth studio album, Last of the Independents (1994). Written by Chrissie Hynde and the songwriting team of Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg; it was the Pretenders' last successful single in North America.
The song pledges love and faithful assistance in times of personal darkness. Since its initial release, "I'll Stand by You" has also become a major hit for British girl group Girls Aloud in 2004 and American country singer Carrie Underwood in 2007, both times recorded as a charity single. Shakira performed the song for the live charity telethon Hope for Haiti Now in 2010; her cover version was released on the charity benefit album of the same name.
- 1 The Pretenders original
- 2 Girls Aloud version
- 3 Carrie Underwood version
- 4 Shakira version
- 5 Other versions
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The Pretenders original
"I'll Stand by You" was released as the second single from the album Last of the Independents (1994), and it reached number 16 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, number 21 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, and #10 in the United Kingdom. It charted higher in the UK and the U.S. than "Night in My Veins", the album's first single. The music video for "I'll Stand by You" was released in 1994 and features Chrissie Hynde caring for an ill man.. It was later featured in the pilot episode of Dawson's Creek. Since 2010 the song has been used in an appeal advert for the NSPCC.
End of year charts
- J.F.T. Hood – drums
- David Paton – bass guitar
- Tom Kelly – piano, guitar
- London Gospel Choir – choir
- David Lord – string arrangement
- Bob Clearmountain – mixing
- Tony Philips – mixing
- Steve Williams – engineer
Girls Aloud version
|"I'll Stand by You"|
|Single by Girls Aloud|
|from the album What Will the Neighbours Say?|
|Released||15 November 2004|
|Girls Aloud singles chronology|
In 2004, the British all-female pop group Girls Aloud recorded a cover of "I'll Stand by You" as the official Children in Need charity single. Their version was produced by Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania. The track was announced a single just ten days before its 15 November 2004 release. It became Girls Aloud's second number one on the UK Singles Chart, spending two weeks at the top position and receiving a silver certification from the British Phonographic Industry. The song appears on Girls Aloud's second studio album What Will the Neighbours Say? (2004).
The music video, directed by Trudy Bellinger, saw Girls Aloud stranded in a desert as they "stand by" each other. "I'll Stand by You" was promoted through various live appearances and has since been performed on a number of the group's concert tours. Despite its success, Girls Aloud's cover of the song was largely panned by contemporary music critics.
Background and release
The first version of "I'll Stand by You" that Xenomania created was described as a "weird, modernist breakbeat version", which was scrapped upon deciding an updated version of the original song would be better suited for Children in Need. The track's release was announced a single just ten days before its release date. Nicola Roberts said, "Hopefully if our single does well it's a lot of money going to the charity."
The single was released on 15 November 2004 in the UK, the week of the Children in Need 2004 telethon. It was available on two different CD singles. The first disc includes "Real Life", a song taken from Girls Aloud's second album What Will the Neighbours Say?. The second CD format featured a medley of songs taken from the album, as well as the Tony Lamezma's Club Romp remix of the track. The Gravitas Vocal Dub Mix Edit of "I'll Stand by You" appears on the "Wake Me Up" single.
In order to promote the release, Girls Aloud toured radio stations across the United Kingdom and performed an acoustic arrangement of "I'll Stand by You" that they arranged themselves. They also visited children's hospitals.
Girls Aloud's version of "I'll Stand By You" was not well received by most contemporary music critics. It was called "a particular soggy area" on Girls Aloud's album. Alexis Petridis of The Guardian, who praised Girls Aloud's album, said that "I'll Stand by You" was "a thing of death-dealing tedium." BBC Music felt it was "arguable whether this cover adds much to the Pretenders' original." Sam Shepherd of musicOMH bluntly stated "perhaps the children most in need, are those that part with their pocket money for this drivel [...] This is a sub-karaoke version, limp, tired, and uninspired."
"I'll Stand by You" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 21 November 2004, becoming Girls Aloud's second single to do so. Despite competition from four new top ten entries, the song also remained at the top for a second week. It slipped to number four in its third week, making way for Band Aid 20's take on "Do They Know It's Christmas?". Girls Aloud spent a fourth week in the top five. The single spent two further weeks in the top ten, holding on at number nine. Overall, "I'll Stand by You" spent fourteen weeks in the top 75, including nine weeks in the top forty. The single was ranked thirty-fourth on the year-end chart (see 2004 in British music). It was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry.
The song entered the Irish Singles Chart at number four. It spent a second week at number four, before rising to number three. It spent three more consecutive weeks at number three. It then slipped back down to number four, and spent two more weeks in the top five.
The video for Girls Aloud's version of "I'll Stand by You" was directed by Trudy Bellinger. It begins with each member of the group lying or sitting motionless in a parched desert. At the song's climax, a thunderstorm begins, and the members of Girls Aloud come together and stand in a circle. A special Children in Need version of the video depicts the group members holding "Pudsey" teddy bears, the mascot of the organisation, towards the end of the video.
Girls Aloud toured radio stations across the United Kingdom and performed an acoustic arrangement of "I'll Stand by You" that they arranged themselves. As the charity's official single of the year, the song was showcased as the Children in Need 2004 telethon. They also performed the song on television programmes such as Blue Peter, CD:UK, Countdown, Diggin' It, GMTV, Ministry of Mayhem, Popbusters, Top of the Pops, and Xchange. In 2005, Girls Aloud performed "I'll Stand by You" at Dublin's ChildLine Concert and on the TV show All Time Greatest Love Songs. In 2006, they performed the song on Australia's Sunrise. The group also performed the cover version on their 2005 MTV special (as seen on the Girls on Film DVD) and ITV1's The Girls Aloud Party (2008).
"I'll Stand by You" has been performed by Girls Aloud on most of their concert tours. For 2005's What Will the Neighbours Say? Live, Girls Aloud's first tour, they sang the song in colourful, simple evening gowns. It was also included on 2006's Chemistry Tour and 2007's The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits Tour. "I'll Stand by You" was included on a ballad section on 2008's Tangled Up Tour, in which Girls Aloud walk along a catwalk which reaches the middle of the crowd.
Track listings and formats
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "I'll Stand by You".
UK CD1 (Polydor / 9869129)
UK CD2 (Polydor / 9869130)
The Singles Boxset (CD7)
- Nadine Coyle – co-lead vocals
- Cheryl Fernandez-Versini – co-lead vocals
- Sarah Harding – co-lead vocals
- Nicola Roberts – co-lead vocals
- Kimberley Walsh – co-lead vocals
Carrie Underwood version
|"I'll Stand by You"|
|Single by Carrie Underwood|
|from the album Idol Gives Back|
|Released||April 24, 2007|
|Carrie Underwood singles chronology|
Carrie Underwood performed the song during her visit to Africa, which was used as soundtrack for a video vignette, where Underwood is seen singing to children and doing different activities with them. The single and the video were released on the U.S. iTunes Store on April 26, 2007. Ryan Seacrest announced that all money made on digital downloads would be donated to charity to help millions of poor children at the time.
On its first few days of release, the song sold 124,496 digital downloads, prompting a debut on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number six, Underwood's highest Hot 100 position since her 2005 debut single "Inside Your Heaven", which debuted at number one.
It was eventually removed from iTunes, leading the single to have one of the biggest falls in Hot 100 history. The single collected over 300,000 digital downloads in the time period it was available for download. As announced, all profits from the sale of the single were donated to charity. The single also received unsolicited airplay on U.S. country music radio stations, despite not being officially released to country radio.
The music video was filmed in Africa. Underwood is seen singing to young children and helping them with different art projects, such as painting. At one point in the video, she is seen walking into a cemetery with a girl on her arms, and a boy by her hand who is carrying flowers. Underwood is also seen crying towards the end of the video, when she is helping an ill person. This music video was made available for download on the U.S. iTunes Store.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||10|
|US Billboard Hot 100||6|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||41A|
- A Charted from unsolicited airplay.
|"I'll Stand by You"|
|Promotional single by Shakira featuring The Roots|
|from the album Hope for Haiti Now|
|Released||January 23, 2010|
|Recorded||Kaufman Astoria Studios
(Queens, New York)
"I'll Stand by You" is a cover in 2010 by the Colombian singer Shakira as a promotional charity single for the Hope for Haiti Now campaign and was released on 23 January 2010, in the wake of the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake. Recorded live on the charity telethon Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief on January 22, 2010 in New York City. She performed the song during the program, exactly before Wyclef Jean's speech and after Reese Witherspoon's call on the phone bank. The song is found on the charity benefit album, Hope for Haiti Now.
- " I'll Stand by You" (with The Roots)- 3:55
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- The song was also recorded by the popular Chicago area band ALTER EGO in May 2015 and released online for digital download.
- The song was also recorded by Patti Labelle on her 2005 album Classic Moments. She performed the song as a tribute to Destiny's Child when they won an award for being the best selling female group of all time. She also performed the song on the NBC show 'Clash of the Choirs, where she had one of her choir members sing the lead vocals.
- Rod Stewart covered the song for his album Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time (2006).
- In 2007, Marcia Hines recorded a version for her album Life.
- In 2008, Kate Ceberano recorded a version for her album So Much Beauty.
- American Idol Season 6 contestant Gina Glocksen performed the song in the Top 10 round.
- In 2009, the cast of Glee covered the song for the episode "Ballad" for Finn's unborn child. The song can be heard on the compilation Glee: The Music, Volume 2.
- The girl group "Belle Amie" performed the song in the 2010 X Factor finals.
- Xenia and Sara Oromchi performed and recorded a cover duet of the song during the Battle Rounds of the first season of The Voice.
- One of American Idol Season 10 Top 24 Girls, Pia Toscano, performed this song, in which the judges made their first standing ovation of the season.
- Kim Wilde released a version of the song in 2011 as a bonus track on her covers album Snapshots".
- Girl group Fifth Harmony performed the song on the second season of The X Factor USA during Thanksgiving week.
- During the 12th season of American Idol, contestant Angela Miller performed the song.
- In a 2013 commercial for Progressive Insurance, characters Flo and Rob perform snippets of the song to promote Progressive's loyalty program.
- In 2013 Amber Riley covered the song for the Glee episode "The Quarterback" as a tribute to the character Finn who died prior to the episode and in recognition of the death of Cory Monteith earlier in 2013.
- Yunita Nursetia performed the song on the eighth season of Indonesian Idol during Top 15 Show.
- Intan Rahayuning and Gloria Jessica performed duet of the song during the Battle Rounds of the second season of The Voice Indonesia.
- French contestant Aude Henneville performed the song on the first season of The Voice: la plus belle voix during Blind Audition.
- The song was also covered by Idina Menzel for the TV Movie "Beaches"
- A version of the song is featured in a MassMutual advertisement that aired during the 2018 NHL Winter Classic highlighting the good deeds performed by ordinary citizens during 2017.
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