"All for Love" is a song written by Bryan Adams, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, and Michael Kamen for the soundtrack The Three Musketeers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. It is performed by Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting.[1] The power ballad[2] was released as a CD single in the United States on November 16, 1993, by A&M and Hollywood. It was a worldwide hit, reaching number one across Europe, in Australia and in North America.

"All for Love"
Single by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting
from the album The Three Musketeers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
ReleasedNovember 16, 1993 (1993-11-16)
GenreArena rock
Length4:45
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Bryan Adams singles chronology
"Please Forgive Me"
(1993)
"All for Love"
(1993)
"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"
(1995)
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"People Get Ready"
(1993)
"All for Love"
(1993)
"Having a Party"
(1993)
Sting singles chronology
"Demolition Man"
(1993)
"All for Love"
(1993)
"Nothing 'Bout Me"
(1994)

Adams also did a live version in 1994 featuring Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Nancy Gustafson, and Giorgia Todrani. Michael Kamen, who co-wrote the song with Adams, conducted the orchestra. In 2007, the Swedish band E.M.D. released a cover of the song, peaking at number one in their native country.[3][4] Adams would also do a French-language remake with Garou and Roch Voisine, entitled Tous ensemble, for the Quebecois film Il était une fois Les Boys.[5]

Background and writing edit

The title was inspired by The Three Musketeers' motto: "All for one, and one for all".

Critical reception edit

Alan Jones from Music Week rated "All for Love" five out of five. He wrote, "With the minimum of formalities Bryan, Rod and Sting launch into their three-way rendition of this powerful ballad from the movie The Three Musketeers. Their vocals blend well, and though the song itself is a trifle predictable, their combined fan base should be strong enough to send this hurtling into the Top Five in next to no time."[6] Mark Frith from Smash Hits gave it four out of five, stating that it has "drama and powerful choruses on top. And it's got one of those searing guitar solos in the middle." He added, "Genius! Love or hate it, you can't deny the professionalism that will probably make this number 1."[7]

Chart performance edit

In the United States, the single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 22, 1994. It remained atop the charts for three weeks before it was knocked out of the top spot by "The Power of Love" by Celine Dion.[8] It sold 1.2 million copies domestically and earned a platinum certification from the RIAA.[9][10][11] In Canada, the song reached number one on the RPM Singles chart on January 17, 1994, replacing Adams's solo hit "Please Forgive Me", which had been number one for six weeks.[12] With "All for Love" remaining at number one for five weeks, Adams was in the number one position for 11 straight weeks on the Canadian chart. In the United Kingdom, it reached number two on the UK Singles Chart.

Personnel edit

Charts edit

Certifications edit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[40] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[57] Gold 25,000*
Germany (BVMI)[58] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[59] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[60] Gold 5,000*
Sweden (GLF)[61] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[62] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[63] Platinum 1,200,000[10][11]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

E.M.D. version edit

"All for Love"
Single by E.M.D.
from the album A State of Mind
ReleasedDecember 17, 2007
Length3:10
LabelAriola
Songwriter(s)
E.M.D. singles chronology
"All for Love"
(2007)
"Jennie Let Me Love You"
(2008)
Music video
"All for Love" on YouTube

On December 17, 2007, Swedish musical trio E.M.D. released a cover of All for Love as their debut single.[64] Debuting at number two on the official Swedish Singles Chart, it ascended to number one the week after and stayed there for six consecutive weeks.[65] The single stayed on the chart for 17 weeks and was certified triple platinum in Sweden.[66]

Charts edit

Weekly charts edit

Chart (2007–2008) Peak
position
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[65] 1

Year-end charts edit

Chart (2007) Position
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[67] 5
Chart (2008) Position
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[66] 10

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