Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

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"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
Eurythmics SADIFT.jpg
One cover for the single release
Single by Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
from the album Be Yourself Tonight and Who's Zoomin' Who?
Released October 1985
Format
  • 7"
  • 12"
  • cassette single
Studio United Sound Systems
(Detroit, Michigan)[1][2]
Genre Pop rock, soul
Length 5:52
Label RCA
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)

"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) Who's Zoomin' Who1985
"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
(1985) Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves1985
"Another Night"
(1986) Another Night1986
Music video
"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" by Eurythmics on YouTube

"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" is a 1985 song recorded as a duet 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 had originally intended to duet with Tina Turner, who was unavailable at the time and so the duo approached 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 (1985–86) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 28
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 33
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 22
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 17
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 18
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[13] 10

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. St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 105. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin – Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 028020." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin – Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin – Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  9. ^ "Charts.nz – Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin – Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin – Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  12. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  13. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  14. ^ HazellDean.net Archived July 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "Kylie and Dannii Minogue Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 2016-11-09. 

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