Wrote a Song for Everyone

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Wrote a Song for Everyone
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Studio album by John Fogerty
Released May 28, 2013 (2013-05-28)[1]
Recorded 2011–2013
Genre Swamp rock, country rock
Length 59:27
Label Vanguard
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Wrote a Song for Everyone

Wrote a Song for Everyone is the ninth solo studio album by John Fogerty, released on May 27, 2013 in Europe, and on May 28, 2013 (Fogerty's 68th birthday) in the United States. It is his ninth solo studio album, not counting the unreleased Hoodoo album (1976).[2] The album is a collection of classics and deep tracks from his canon of hits as well as some brand new songs, performed alongside an array of notable musicians, including Foo Fighters (“Fortunate Son”), Bob Seger (“Who'll Stop the Rain”), Dawes ("Someday Never Comes"), Brad Paisley ("Hot Rod Heart"), Miranda Lambert ("Wrote a Song for Everyone"), Kid Rock ("Born on the Bayou"), Keith Urban ("Almost Saturday Night"), My Morning Jacket ("Long as I Can See the Light"), Alan Jackson ("Have You Ever Seen the Rain"), Jennifer Hudson ("Proud Mary"), and more.[3] The album also features two new songs, "Mystic Highway" and "Train of Fools."


Fogerty began recording the album in 2011, with a planned release on Vanguard Records.


The newly recorded version of "Born on the Bayou" featuring Kid Rock, debuted during the NFL broadcast on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, 2013.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]
American Songwriter 3.5/5 stars[6]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars[7]
Country Weekly A[8]
Exclaim! 6/10[9]
The Oakland Press 4/4 stars[10]
Paste 8.5/10[11]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[12]
Toronto Star 3/4 stars[13]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[14]

Wrote a Song for Everyone received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 using reviews and ratings from selected mainstream critics, the album Metascore is 71.[15] At American Songwriter, Lynne Margolis found that "the result, is, at times, revelatory."[6] At Country Weekly, Bob Paxman exclaimed that "this should be a must for Fogerty followers."[8] At The Oakland Press, Gary Graff proclaimed it to be "a successful experiment, and celebration, that only adds to the legacy of Fogerty and these songs."[10] At Paste, Holly Gleason highlighted that the release "may provide a pupu platter of genres, but the country/rock/progressive duet partners more often serve as a reminder of Fogerty’s singular potency."[11] At Rolling Stone, David Fricke called it "a testament to the continuing truth and power in Fogerty's greatest hits."[12] At the Toronto Star, Nick Krewen called this "fun for what it is."[13] At USA Today, Brian Mansfield told that "the breadth of his impact shows in the guest list for Wrote a Song for Everyone."[14]

At Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine criticized it because "no matter how much fun he's having elsewhere on the record, Fogerty doesn't need any guests to sound alive."[5] At the Chicago Tribune, Greg Kot noted that "with songs this good, no gimmicks necessary", but this had some "mostly underwhelming results."[7] At Exclaim!, Jason Schneider evoked that the release "illustrates Fogerty's wide-ranging influence; he may not often get credit for creating what's now known as Americana, but no one was as naturally adept at making it their signature sound."[9]

Wrote a Song for Everyone was number 10 on Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2013 list.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Fortunate Son" (with Foo Fighters) 3:29
2. "Almost Saturday Night" (with Keith Urban) 3:17
3. "Lodi" (with Shane Fogerty and Tyler Fogerty) 4:19
4. "Mystic Highway"   6:04
5. "Wrote a Song for Everyone" (with Miranda Lambert featuring Tom Morello) 4:01
6. "Bad Moon Rising" (with Zac Brown Band) 2:54
7. "Long as I Can See the Light" (with My Morning Jacket) 4:49
8. "Born on the Bayou" (with Kid Rock) 4:46
9. "Train of Fools"   4:40
10. "Someday Never Comes" (with Dawes) 5:16
11. "Who'll Stop the Rain" (with Bob Seger) 3:11
12. "Hot Rod Heart" (with Brad Paisley) 4:59
13. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" (with Alan Jackson) 3:17
14. "Proud Mary" (with Jennifer Hudson featuring Allen Toussaint and Rebirth Brass Band) 4:25


Chart (2013) Peak
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 3
Norwegian Album Charts[18] 3
Danish Album Charts[19] 2
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[20] 19
Swedish Album Charts[21] 14
US Billboard 200[22] 3


  1. ^ "John Fogerty talks about sharing songs with 'Everyone'". USA Today. February 24, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Wrote a Song For Everyone: John Fogerty: Music". Amazon.com. September 9, 2009. Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Legendary John Fogerty to Release New Album". JohnFogerty.com. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ NFL broadcast, Feb 3, 2013
  5. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen (May 27, 2013). "Wrote a Song for Everyone - John Fogerty : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Margolis, Lynne (May 14, 2013). "John Fogerty: Wrote A Song For Everyone". American Songwriter. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Kot, Greg (May 28, 2013). "Album review: John Fogerty, 'Wrote a Song for Everyone'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Paxman, Bob (May 23, 2013). "Wrote a Song For Everyone by John Fogerty". Country Weekly. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Schneider, John (May 24, 2013). "John Fogerty - Wrote A Song For Everyone". American Songwriter. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Graff, Gary (May 26, 2013). "Listening Room: Guest musicians add new twists to CCR classics". The Oakland Press. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Gleason, Holly (May 28, 2013). "John Fogerty Wrote A Song For Everyone Review". Paste. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Fricke, David (May 23, 2013). "John Fogerty, 'Wrote a Song for Everyone'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Krewen, Nick (May 28, 2013). "John Fogerty gets some help on Wrote A Song For Everyone: album review". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (May 27, 2013). "Album of the week: John Fogerty owns 'Wrote a Song'". USA Today. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Wrote a Song For Everyone Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  16. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2013: John Fogerty, 'Wrote A Song For Everyone'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  17. ^ "John Fogerty – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for John Fogerty.
  18. ^ "John Fogerty - Wrote A Song For Everyone (Album)". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  19. ^ "John Fogerty - Wrote A Song For Everyone (Album)". danishcharts.com. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – John Fogerty – Wrote a Song for Everyone". Hung Medien.
  21. ^ "John Fogerty - Wrote A Song For Everyone". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  22. ^ "John Fogerty – Chart history" Billboard 200 for John Fogerty.