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"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams. Written by Adams, Michael Kamen and Robert John "Mutt" Lange, it featured on two albums simultaneously on its release: the soundtrack album from the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and on Adams' sixth album, Waking Up the Neighbours (1991).

"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
IDoItForYou.jpg
Single by Bryan Adams
from the album Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) and Waking Up the Neighbours
B-side"She's Only Happy When She's Dancing" (Live in Belgium 1989), "Cuts Like a Knife" (Live in Belgium 1989),
ReleasedJune 18, 1991
Format Cassette tape
RecordedMarch 1991
Genre
Length
  • 6:34 (album version)
  • 4:06 (single version)
LabelA&M
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Robert "Mutt" Lange
Bryan Adams singles chronology
"Only the Strong Survive"
(1987)
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
(1991)
"Can't Stop This Thing We Started"
(1991)
Music video
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" on YouTube
Audio sample

The song was an enormous chart success internationally, reaching the number-one position on the music charts of at least sixteen countries. It was particularly successful in the United Kingdom, where it spent sixteen consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart (the longest run of its kind in British chart history). It went on to sell more than 15 million copies worldwide, making it Adams' most successful song, and one of the best-selling singles of all time.[2] The single sold over 4 million units in the US, the 4th highest selling song of the Soundscan era which started in 1991.[3] The song has been covered by hundreds of singers and artists around the world.

BackgroundEdit

The musicians on the original recording are Adams on lead vocals, backing vocals and rhythm guitar, Bill Payne (piano), Mickey Curry (drums), Larry Klein (bass), Keith Scott (lead guitar and backing vocals), and Mutt Lange (synthesizers). Based on orchestral music by Kamen, the song was written in London, U.K. at the studio Adams was working at in 1990, and he and Lange wrote it in 45 minutes, recording it the following March, and releasing it three months later.[4][5] The song is performed in the key of D major.

Music videosEdit

The official music video for the song was directed by Julien Temple.[6] A video was also commissioned for a live version of the song, directed by Andy Morahan. It shows Adams and his band performing the song in a wooded forest with a silk mill in the background, and Adams alone performing on a rocky beachside, intercut with scenes from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.[7]

Charts and certificationsEdit

In the United Kingdom, "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" has the longest unbroken run at number one, spending sixteen consecutive weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart from July to October 1991.[8]

The power ballad[9] also spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and nine weeks atop the Canadian Singles Chart in Adams's native Canada.[1][10] Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song for 1991.[11]

Adams, Kamen and Lange won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television,[12] and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1992. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, but lost to "Beauty and the Beast."[13]

Sales and certificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[48] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[49] Platinum 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[50] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[51] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[52] Gold 45,000^
France (SNEP)[54] Gold 508,000[53]
Germany (BVMI)[55] Platinum 500,000^
Italy (FIMI)[56] Gold 25,000 
Sweden (GLF)[57] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[59] 3× Platinum 1,850,000[58]
United States (RIAA)[61] 3× Platinum 4,100,000[60]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Tracklistings (Everything I Do) I Do It For You (Single Version) (Everything I Do) I Do It For You (Album version)

Some releases, such as the CD Maxi has the following tracks as bonus tracks She's Only Happy When She's Dancing (Live) (some b-sides, on cassette single and Cuts Like A Knife (Live) Maxi single CD single Mini CD (only in Japan)

Fatima Mansions versionEdit

The Irish band Fatima Mansions released a heavily altered cover of the song as part of an NME tribute album in aid of the charity, the Spastics Society.[62] The single was a double A-side with the Manic Street Preachers' version of "Suicide Is Painless". The single entered the UK top ten in 1992,[62] and reached number 12 in the Republic of Ireland.[63] However, the Manic Street Preachers song received most of the UK radio airplay.[62][64]

Brandy versionEdit

"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
 
Single by Brandy
from the album Never Say Never
ReleasedSeptember 28, 1999
Format
Recorded1998
Genre
Length4:06
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)David Foster
Brandy singles chronology
"U Don't Know Me"
(1998)
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
(1999)
"Never Say Never"
(2000)
Audio
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" on YouTube

American singer Brandy rerecorded "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" for the standard version of her second studio album Never Say Never (1998). Producer David Foster reworked the arrangement of the original song, with Dean Parks playing the acoustic guitar.

In 1999, her cover version was released as the album's final single on a double A-side with "U Don't Know Me" on the Oceanic music market, where it reached the top 30 of New Zealand's RIANZ singles chart. That same year, she performed the song live at VH1 Divas Live '99 alongside Faith Hill.

Track listingsEdit

  • Australian CD single[65]
  1. "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" – 4:10
  2. "U Don't Know Me" – 4:29
  3. "Have You Ever?" (Soul Skank Remix) – 5:40

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits are taken from Never Say Never liner notes.[66]

ChartsEdit

Chart Peak
position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[67] 28

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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