I'm Alive (The Hollies song)

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"I'm Alive"
Single by The Hollies
B-side "You Know He Did" (L. Ransford)
Released UK: 21 May 1965
US: June 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded 5 May 1965
Abbey Road Studios[1]
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:21
Label UK: Parlophone R5287[2]
US: Imperial 66119
Songwriter(s) Clint Ballard, Jr.[2]
Producer(s) Ron Richards[2]
The Hollies singles chronology
"Yes I Will"
"I'm Alive"
"Look Through Any Window"
"Yes I Will"
"I'm Alive"
"Look Through Any Window"

"I'm Alive" is a 1965 number-one UK hit single by The Hollies,[3] written for them by American songwriter Clint Ballard, Jr.[2] However they originally passed the song over to another Manchester band, the Toggery Five, before changing their minds and recording the song, which became their first No 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart. It spent three weeks at number one in the UK and was also a No 1 hit in Ireland.[4] The song was released as a single in the US, entering the Cash Box singles chart on July 17, 1965, and peaking at No.84 week of August 14, 1965;[5] it also appears on the US version of the 1965 Hollies album, Hear! Here!.

Syndicate of Sound covered this song on their only album Little Girl in 1966.

The song was covered by Gamma in 1979 on their debut album, Gamma 1.

In 1983 the Hi-NRG group American Fade also covered the song which is listed on HotDiscoMix's Hi-NRG Top 200 — Hit's of the 80's.[6]


Chart (1965) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 16
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 10
Norway (VG-lista)[9] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 1


  1. ^ The 30th Anniversary Collection (CD). The Hollies. EMI Records. 1993. D 202205. 
  2. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 93. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  3. ^ "Hollies information page". Hollies.co.uk. 1965-09-01. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived January 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Cash Box Top Singles - 1965". Retrieved 2016-12-26. 
  6. ^ "hotdiscomix :: Dance Music Report :: Hi-NRG Top 200 of the 80's". www.hotdiscomix.de. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  7. ^ "Musicline.de – Hollies, The Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Hollies – I'm Alive" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Hollies – I'm Alive". VG-lista.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
Preceded by
"Crying in the Chapel" by Elvis Presley
UK number-one single
24 June 1965
8 July 1965
Succeeded by
"Crying in the Chapel" by Elvis Presley
"Mr. Tambourine Man" by The Byrds