Strong Enough (Sheryl Crow song)

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"Strong Enough"
Strong Enough US.jpg
U.S. CD single cover art
Single by Sheryl Crow
from the album Tuesday Night Music Club
B-side
  • "No One Said It Would Be Easy"
  • "All by Myself"
  • "Reach Around Jerk"
ReleasedNovember 15, 1994 (U.S.)
February 11, 1995 (U.K.)
Format
Length3:10
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Bill Bottrell
Sheryl Crow singles chronology
"All I Wanna Do"
(1994)
"Strong Enough"
(1994)
"Can't Cry Anymore"
(1995)
Audio sample

"Strong Enough" is a song by Sheryl Crow from the album Tuesday Night Music Club. The song reached number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks, number three in Australia, and number one in Canada, becoming her second chart-topper there following "All I Wanna Do". In Australia, the song received a Platinum certification for sales exceeding 70,000 copies.

Crow performed the song on her live album Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park alongside the Dixie Chicks. The song was later included on Crow's greatest hits album, The Very Best of Sheryl Crow.

Background and composition[edit]

"Strong Enough" is a short acoustic song. In live performances, Crow often plays the accordion to it, although this instrument was not featured on the original recording. The song is written in the key of D major with a moderately slow tempo of 79 beats per minute in the unusual 6
4
time signature. It follows a chord progression of D–G5–Bm6–A, and Crow's vocals span from A3 to B4.[1] Lyrically, the song finds the narrarator in a frustrated relationship, looking for solace from her partner, despite the fact that his commitments may not be as true as her own.

Music video[edit]

A simple black-and-white video was directed by Martin Bell. It features Crow in a largely empty room alternatively singing the song into a microphone and pacing anxiously through the room.

Track listing[edit]

UK cassette and 7" single (cat. no. 580-918-4/7)

  1. "Strong Enough" - LP Version
  2. "No One Said It Would Be Easy"

US, Australian and German CD singles (cats. no. 31458 0866 2 and 580-883-2)

  1. "Strong Enough" - LP Version
  2. "All I Wanna Do" - Live
  3. "Reach Around Jerk" - Live
  4. "Leaving Las Vegas" - Live
  • Track 2 recorded live on April 15, 1994 at the 328 Club in Nashville, TN.
  • Track 3 recorded live at the Borderline, February 9, 1994.
  • Track 4 originally recorded for Virgin Radio U.K.

US cassette single (cat. no. 31458 0866 4)

  1. "Strong Enough" - LP Version
  2. "What I Can Do for You"

Japanese CD (3"), Australian cassette and European CD singles (cats. no. PODM-1050, 580866-4 and 580-882-2)

  1. "Strong Enough" - LP Version
  2. "Leaving Las Vegas" - Live
  • Track 2 originally recorded for Virgin Radio U.K.

UK CD single #1 (cat. no. 580-919-2)

  1. "Strong Enough"
  2. "No One Said It Would Be Easy"
  3. "All I Wanna Do" - Live
  • Track 3 recorded on April 15, 1994 at the 328 Club in Nashville, TN.

UK CD single #2 (cat. no. 580-921-2)

  1. "Strong Enough"
  2. "All by Myself"
  3. "Strong Enough" - Live
  4. "Reach Around Jerk"

Charts and certifications[edit]

Covers and interpolations[edit]

Travis Tritt wrote and released an answer song called "Strong Enough to Be Your Man" in 2002.[20]

Canadian Idol alum Tara Oram covered the track on her second studio album, Revival, in 2011.

Beyoncé covered the song during her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Strong Enough". www.musicnotes.com. Retrieved 2015-12-22.
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Sheryl Crow – Strong Enough". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9071." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 7750." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Sheryl Crow – Strong Enough". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (11.3. '95 – 17.3 '95)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). March 11, 1995. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – Sheryl Crow – Strong Enough". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "Sheryl Crow Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "Sheryl Crow Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Sheryl Crow Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Sheryl Crow Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "Sheryl Crow Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1995". ARIA. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  16. ^ "RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1995". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  17. ^ "RPM Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 1995". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  19. ^ "1995 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  20. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Strong Enough review". Retrieved 23 September 2010.

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