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"Footloose" is a song co-written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins. It was released in January 1984 as the first of two singles by Loggins from the 1984 film of the same name (the other one being "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)"). The song spent three weeks at number one, March 31—April 14, 1984 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was the first of two number-one hits from the film. Billboard ranked it at the No. 4 song for 1984.[3]

Standard artwork (7-inch single pictured)
Single by Kenny Loggins
from the album Footloose
B-side "Swear Your Love"
Released January 28, 1984
Format 7", 12", CD single
Recorded 1983
Genre Pop rock, Dance-rock, Rock and roll, Yacht rock[1]
Length 3:48 (Album Version)
3:42 (Single Version)
Label Columbia Records
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Lee DeCarlo
Kenny Loggins singles chronology
"Welcome to Heartlight"
"I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)"
"Welcome to Heartlight"
"I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)"

The song was very well received, and is one of the most recognizable songs recorded by Loggins. When the American Film Institute released its AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs, "Footloose" reached the 96th position. The song was covered by country music artist Blake Shelton for the 2011 remake of the 1984 film.

It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 1985 ceremony, losing to Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from The Woman in Red.

The single version is slightly shorter in length compared to the album version. It begins with a soloed guitar track instead of a drum intro, and features more prominent backing vocals in the mix, particularly towards the end of the song.


Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Brian Grant. It uses the single version and features several scenes from the film, in particular the warehouse where Kevin Bacon's character performs an unorchestrated dance routine (which was actually performed to a different song in the film itself).


Chart historyEdit

Preceded by
"Jump" by Van Halen
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 31, 1984 – April 14, 1984
Succeeded by
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins
Preceded by
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
Canadian RPM Singles Chart number-one single
April 14, 1984 – April 21, 1984
Succeeded by
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins
Preceded by
"Eat It" by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
May 14, 1984 - May 28, 1984
Succeeded by
"Hello" by Lionel Richie
Preceded by
"Hello" by Lionel Richie
New Zealand Singles Chart
June 1, 1984 - June 28, 1984
Succeeded by
"I'm Only Shooting Love" by Time Bandits

Blake Shelton versionEdit

Song by Blake Shelton
from the album Footloose
Released November 8, 2011 (2011-11-08)
Format Music download
Genre Country pop
Length 3:38
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Kenny Loggins, Dean Pitchford

Blake Shelton covered the song for the 2011 version of the film. Shelton's version also appears on the film's soundtrack. It charted at number 63 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in November 2011. A music video for Shelton's version of the song, directed by Shaun Silva, premiered in October 2011.[14]

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2011) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[15] 59
Canada Country (Billboard)[16] 35
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 63
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[18] 53


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[19] Gold 500,000 

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

Other cover versionsEdit

Appearances in other mediaEdit

It was also made available as downloadable content for the Rock Band series. The song is featured in the rhythm video game, Just Dance 2018, covered by Top Culture.

The song was used in the American animated Cartoon Network show Regular Show in the episode “Karaoke Video” sung by main character Pops Maellard.

See alsoEdit


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