I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)

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"I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)"
I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man).jpg
Single by Kenny Loggins
from the album Footloose
ReleasedFebruary 14, 1984
Format12", 7"
GenrePop rock
Kenny Loggins singles chronology
"I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)"
"Vox Humana"

I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man) is a song recorded by American recording artist Kenny Loggins, composed by Loggins, Dean Pitchford, and produced by Loggins and David Foster. It was released in February 1984 as the second of two singles by Loggins from the film, Footloose. It charted at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100[1] and #31 on the Canadian Hot 100.[2]

The song was very well received, and is one of the most recognizable songs recorded by Loggins.

Music video[edit]

The video starts with Loggins's character breaking out of a prison. Once free, the music begins. The scene then shifts to him in a car, hiding from police and looking at a picture of a woman. The scene shifts again to Loggins in an alley, surrounded by a gang and asking them about the woman (played by Virginia Madsen); a helpful Samaritan shows Loggins where the woman is located. Loggins then appears in her bedroom and they escape together. At the same time, the police find out about his breakout; Loggins and his girlfriend walk around the town together, but are spotted outside a cinema. The scene shifts again to them running through a building and onto the roof, surrounded by police. Suddenly the gang from earlier arrives and brawls with the police, while the Samaritan helps the pair escape, before walking into the crowd and disappearing.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

"I'm Free" was featured in the Family Guy episode "Stewie Loves Lois" (the season 5 premiere).[4] It was also featured as part of the playlist of in-game radio station Los Santos Rock Radio in Grand Theft Auto V, with Loggins as the station's DJ.


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
Canada RPM Top Singles 31
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 22
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Tracks 42
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[6] 17


  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Kenny Loggins > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
  2. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 40, No. 22, August 04 1984". RPM. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.mtv.co.uk/kenny-loggins/videos/im-free-heaven-helps-the-man
  4. ^ "Simply Family Guy". Angelfire.com. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Kenny Loggins - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  6. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending August 4, 1984". Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 2018-02-17.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)Cash Box magazine.