"Every Little Bit Hurts" was originally a 1964 hit single for Motown soul singer Brenda Holloway, written by Ed Cobb.
Though she was against recording the song again (she recorded it a couple of years before signing with Motown), she reluctantly recorded the songBillboard Hot 100, the song would become one of Holloway's trademark singles and would spark remakes by acts like Small Faces and the Spencer Davis Group (with lead vocals by Steve Winwood).
and the label released it in the summer of the year. Becoming a big hit peaking at No. 13 on the
"Every Little Bit Hurts" is a cover version by American recording artist Alicia Keys from her live album, Unplugged (2005). It was released as the album's second and last single in 2006. It failed to enter the US and international charts.
Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine felt that Keys treated the song "like [a] vocal audition[...] and not the blank canvas[...] of an interpretive artist".
Directed by Justin Francis, the video premiered on January 17, 2006 on BET's 106 & Park.
- US promo CD single
- "Every Little Bit Hurts" (radio edit) – 3:58
- "Every Little Bit Hurts" (call out hook) – 0:10