Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

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"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
Eurythmics SADIFT.jpg
One of cover arts for the single release
Single by Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
from the album Be Yourself Tonight and Who's Zoomin' Who?
ReleasedOctober 1985
Recorded1984
StudioUnited Sound Systems
(Detroit, Michigan)[1][2]
GenrePop rock, soul
Length5:52
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)David A. Stewart
Eurythmics singles chronology
"There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)"
(1985)
"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
(1985)
"It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"
(1986)
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Who's Zoomin' Who"
(1985)
"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
(1985)
"Another Night"
(1986)
Music video
"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" by Eurythmics on YouTube

"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" is a 1985 song recorded by the British pop duo Eurythmics and American singer Aretha Franklin. A modern feminist anthem, it was written by Eurythmics members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart and featured on both Eurythmics' Be Yourself Tonight (1985) and Franklin's Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985) albums. The duo originally intended to perform with Tina Turner, who was unavailable at the time and so they flew to Detroit and recorded with Franklin instead. The track also features three of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers: Stan Lynch on drums, Benmont Tench on organ, and Mike Campbell on lead guitar, plus session bassist Nathan East.

Released as a single by RCA Records in October 1985, "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" was highly successful, reaching number 9 on the UK Singles Chart and number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Music video[edit]

This music video was taped at Detroit's Music Hall. The video is interspersed with clips from old black and white films, including 1962's A Kind of Loving. The video uses the single version of the song, as opposed to the album version.

Track listings[edit]

7"

  • A: "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" (7" Version) - 4:35
  • B: "I Love You Like A Ball And Chain" (LP Version) - 4:08

12"

  • A1: "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" (LP Version) - 5:54
  • B1: "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" (ET Mix) - 7:53
  • B2: "I Love You Like A Ball And Chain" (LP Version) - 4:08

Credits[edit]

Eurythmics
  • Annie Lennox – vocals, keyboards
  • David A. Stewart – guitars, keyboards
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985–1986) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 28
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 33
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[6] 9
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 9
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 20
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 17
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 20
UK Singles (OCC)[13] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 18
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[15] 10
US Dance Singles Sales (Billboard)[16] 21
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[17] 66
US Cash Box Top 100[18] 22
West Germany (Official German Charts)[19] 22

Cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United Sound Systems » Museum » Detroit's Musical History". unitedsoundsystemsrecordingstudios.com. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  2. ^ "SoulfulDetroit - United Sound Systems - Great Soul Music Recording Studios of Detroit". soulfuldetroit.com. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. p. 105. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin – Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0611." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  6. ^ "European Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Eurotipsheet. Vol. 2 no. 48. 2 December 1985. p. 12. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved 30 May 2020 – via American Radio History.
  7. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin – levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Eurythmics" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin – Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin – Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin – Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Eurythmics: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Eurythmics Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Eurythmics Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Eurythmics Chart History (Dance Singles Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  17. ^ "Eurythmics Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles – Week ending December 7, 1985". Cash Box. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin – Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 30 May 2020.

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