"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
" is a song
co-written and performed by Bryan Adams
, featured on his 1991 album Waking up the Neighbours
and on the soundtrack for the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
(1991). It was an enormous chart success internationally, spending seven weeks at number one in the United States
' Billboard Hot 100
, sixteen consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart
(the longest in British chart history), and nine weeks atop the RPM
singles chart in Canada
The record won a Grammy Award Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television at the Grammy Awards of 1992, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. Subsequently, the song has been covered by numerous singers around the world.
The song ranked at #16 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.
Writing and background
The idea of a song to promote the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
came late in the making of the film. Michael Kamen
, had originally wanted the song to be as if it were Maid Marian singing it to Robin Hood. He offered it to Kate Bush
, Annie Lennox
and Lisa Stansfield
but they all turned it down. David Kerschenbaum of Morgan Creek Records invited Adams – whom he had worked with in the early 1980s at A&M Records – to write the song based on the score from Kamen. Initially, Adams was to write the lyrics for another artist to perform, but it was decided that he should perform the song after writing it with Waking up the Neighbours
producer Mutt Lange
. The pair recorded the song in Mayfair Studios in London
Oddly, neither Kamen nor the film company were happy with the song and tried at length to have Adams change it due to Adams and Lange writing an entirely different melody to the theme, but Adams refused. As a result, the song ended up buried at the very end of the film credits. The last laugh was had when the song entered most of the charts in the world at number 1 and stayed there for an unprecedented amount of time.
The song is credited to Adams, Lange, and Kamen, and is played over the film's credits. A&M Records were at first reluctant to have the song appear on the film soundtrack, which was released through Morgan Creek, but the success of the record benefited both companies.
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" was the last of three songs added to Waking up the Neighbours
. The album benefited from the success of the lead single; the song proved to be a hit throughout the world. In all, it topped the charts in thirty countries, becoming the best-selling song of 1991 and one of the best-selling singles of all time.
In the U.S. it topped the chart for seven weeks, selling three million singles, making it the second-best-selling song after "We Are the World" by USA for Africa, and it also broke the record for longest run at number one on the Hot 100 Single Sales, becoming the best-selling single in America for 17 weeks.
In the UK, it sold almost 1.53 million copies, making it the best selling single in the UK since "Band Aid" in 1984. The success of the single led to Waking up the Neighbours enjoying pre-order sales of 200,000. The song also broke the record for the most consecutive weeks on top of the United Kingdom charts, with 16 weeks at number one from 7 July 1991. The previous record-holder, "Rose Marie" by Slim Whitman, had been top of the charts for 11 weeks in 1955. It is a common misconception, however, that this song has spent the most weeks at number one of the UK music charts, because in 1953 Frankie Laine spent 18 non-consecutive weeks at number one, with his song "I Believe", a record which he still holds.
Elsewhere in Europe, the song reached number one in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. The success of the single led to pre-order sales of a million for Waking up the Neighbours throughout Europe. The album went on to sell 15 million copies around the world due in part to the song but also due to other singles.
In 1998, American
R&B singer Brandy
re-recorded the song for her second studio album Never Say Never
(1998). A year later, her cover version
was released as the album's final single on a double A-side with "U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To)
" on the New Zealand
music market, where it reached the top 30 on the RIANZ
Formats and tracklistings
These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You".
- "(Every Thing I Do) I Do It For You"
- "U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To)"
- "Have You Ever?" (Soul Shank remix)
|New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart
Other artists who have covered this song
- Nate & Jim, "Babylon", 2008
- The Fatima Mansions, Ruby Trax Charity Album, 1992.
- Hank Marvin, Into The Light, 1992.
- Henry Mancini, As Time Goes By and Other Classic Movie Love Songs, RCA, 1992.
- DJ Space 'C, Lets Hear It For The 90's, 21st Century Records (Italy), 1993.
- Grupo Chantaje, Te Siento En Mi Corazon, Sony International, 1993.
- Roger Whittaker, I Will Always Love You And Other Hits from The Movies, 1994.
- The Studio E Band, Today's Hot Movie Hits, 1994
- Julia Migenes-Johnson, Smile - Tribute To Hollywood, Electra, 1994.
- The Countdown Singers, Movie Hits, Madacy Records, 1994.
- Spectrum, Look Of Love: Music For Your Wedding. Intersound Records, 1994.
- Woodford & Company, Very Best of the Nineties, Vol. 5. Triple D Records, 1994
- Banks Soundtech Steel Orchestra, Various Artists, CRS Music, 1995.
- The Beat Street Band, Today's Hot Movie Hits, Special Music Company, 1995.
- Julie Allis, Harping On The Hits, K-Tel Records, 1996.
- Golden State Orchestra & Singers, Great Romantic Film Themes. Showtunes, 1996.
- Kingsley Looker, I Will Always Love You: Best Of The Romantic Piano, Sony Special Products, 1996.
- Janet Robertson, Piano Solo, Ans Records, 1996.
- Michael Chapdelaine, Guitar By Moonlight, Time/Life Music, 1997.
- Mira Mis Ojos, Amame Una Vez Mas, Musical Productions, 1997.
- Millennia, Hollywood Nights CD, Portrait Records, 1997.
- Brandy, Never Say Never, 1998.
- Engelbert Humperdinck, Meisterstucke, 1998.
- Francis Goya, Plays His Favourite Hits, VMP Records, 1998.
- Zamfir, Love Themes from The Movies, Excelsior Records, 1998.
- Romantic Saxophone Instrumentals, We've Got Tonight, Delta Records, 1998.
- Midnight Flute, Midnight Melodies For Late Night Listening, 1998.
- David Hamilton, Precious Moments: Love Collection-Vol 1, Green Hill, 1999.
- Brandy and Faith Hill VH-1 Divas Live from New York's Beacon Theatre, 1999.
- Michael Kamen, Michael Kamen Concerto for Saxophone Featuring David Sanborn, Pioneer Entertainment (USA), 1999.
- John Morgan Orchestra, An Evening of Romance, Deuce Records, 1999.
- King's Singers, Circle of Life, RCA, 1999.
- New Found Glory, From The Screen To Your Stereo, MCA Records, 2000.
- S. Valentino, Compilation, Discomagic, 2000
- Piano Dreams, Collection, Virgin Records, 2000.
- Cliff Richard, The Countdown Concert, 2000.
- Stan Bush, Wedding Collection Vol 2, Dominion Records, 2000.
- Tony Anderson Orchestra, You Light Up My Life: Romantic Instrumentals, Laserlight Records, 2000.
- Starsound Orchestra, Plays The Hits Made Famous By Bryan Adams, Delta Records, 2001.
- Acker Bilk, All The Hits Plus More. Dressed To Kill Records, 2001.
- Roberto Danova, Pan Pipe Moods, Prestige Elite Records (UK), 2001.
- Bonded Together, Various Artists, Psalm 150 Records, 2001.
- The Band Of The Prince Of Wales's Division, Concert Time, Soundline Records, 2001.
- Dana Winner, 2002.
- Scotty Vs Full Gainer, Club Coalition, Zyx Music Records, 2003.
- Double You, Mixdown 2004 - MC Mario. Sony International, 2004.
- James Last and Richard Clayderman. The Very Best [Disc 3]. Disky Records, 2004.
- Bailando Pegaditos. 15 Exitos Internacionales. Musart Records, 2004.
- Kenny G and LeAnn Rimes, At Last...The Duets Album, Arista Records, 2004.
- T.G. Sheppard, Greatest Songs, Curb Records, 2004.
- Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Love Songs, Vol. 2, Fabulous Records, 2004.
- Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, Soft Lee, Vol. 8, VP Records, 2004.
- Guy Sebastian, Australian Idol, 2004.
- Gob Bluth and Franklin Delano Bluth, Franklin Comes Alive, 2004.
- Stars At Studio 99, Hits Of The 90's, Legacy Records, 2005.
- Pure Celtic Moods, Chill Out, Pure Records, 2005.
- Razz Tazz, Razz Tazz, Tsud Productions, 2006.
- Clay Aiken, A Thousand Different Ways, RCA, 2006.
- Ben Mills, The X Factor Season 3, 9th December 2006.
- Katherine Jenkins, Serenade, UCJ Music, 2006
- New Found Glory, From the Screen to Your Stereo, MCA, 2000.
- Danny Saucedo, Felicia Brandström, Swedish Idol 2006
- Yuridia (Mexican singer), Habla El Corazón 2006 Foreign language versions
- Spanish: Bryan Adams, 1992. Covered by Yuridia, 2006.
- Italian: Katherine Jenkins, 2006.