Reason to Believe

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For other songs and albums titled Reason to Believe, see Reason to Believe (disambiguation).

"Reason to Believe" is a song written, composed, and first recorded by American folk singer Tim Hardin in 1965. It has since been recorded by artists including the Carpenters in 1970 and Rod Stewart in 1971 and 1993.

Tim Hardin version[edit]

After having had his recording contract terminated by Columbia Records, Tim Hardin achieved some success in the 1960s as a songwriter based in Greenwich Village. The original recording of "Reason to Believe" comes from Hardin's debut album, Tim Hardin 1, recorded in 1965 and released on the Verve Records label in 1966 when he was 25.[1]

Tim Hardin's original recording of the song is also on the soundtrack to the 2000 film Wonder Boys.

The Carpenters version[edit]

The Carpenters[2] recorded "Reason to Believe" for their second LP, Close to You, in 1970. On television, they performed it on the The 5th Dimension Travelling Sunshine Show on August 18, 1971[3] and Make Your Own Kind of Music on September 7, 1971. [4] Richard Carpenter remixed the song for the release of the 1995 compilation, Interpretations: A 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Rod Stewart version[edit]

"Reason to Believe"
German cover of the "Reason to Believe" single with reversed sides
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Every Picture Tells a Story
A-side "Maggie May"
Released July 1971
Format 7" single
Recorded 1971
Genre Soft rock, folk rock
Length 4:10
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Tim Hardin
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"It's All Over Now"
"Reason to Believe" / "Maggie May"
"Every Picture Tells a Story" (Spain)


Rod Stewart's version, released in 1971 on the Every Picture Tells a Story album, reached #62 on its own before the B side, Stewart's signature song "Maggie May", overtook it on its way to top the Billboard Hot 100.

A live version was released in 1993, when it received considerable airplay as part of his MTV Unplugged appearance and subsequent Unplugged...and Seated album. It re-charted, reaching number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 1993 single includes the live version of "It's All Over Now", which was recorded during the MTV Unplugged session but does not appear on the live album.

Altogether "Reason to Believe" has logged a total of 41 weeks on the Hot 100, more than any other Rod Stewart single.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 19

Other versions[edit]


  1. ^ Steven Wilcock. "Tim Hardin". Triste article. Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Carpenters: Close To You album, 1970, Karen Carpenter, Richard Carpenter". Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "カーペンターズ". Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "Grateful Dead Family Discography:Earth Music". Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  7. ^ "Grateful Dead Family Discography:Sunlight". Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  8. ^ Neil Young Covers Tim Hardin's 'Reason to Believe' at Farm Aid
  9. ^ Greene, Andy (18 April 2014). "Neil Young's New Covers Album Available Right Now: Surprise!". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
Preceded by
"Go Away Little Girl" by Donny Osmond
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
2 October 1971 (five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" by Cher