Run to You (song)

"Run to You" is a rock song written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance for Adams fourth studio album Reckless (1984). It was the first single released from the album Reckless. It is arguably one of Adams' most recognizable and popular songs. The song topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has appeared on all of Adams' compilation albums. The single was certified Gold in Canada in 1985.

Writing and recording

After a tour in Asia Adams started the recording for Reckless. The recording for "Run to You" started on March 27, 1984 at Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver, Canada and continued through the summer. It was mixed on September 21 in New York by Jim Vallance. The song was written on the January 10, 1983 and became the last song written for Reckless.

Release and reception

"Run to You" was released in October 1984 and became one of the most successful songs from Reckless on the American rock charts and arguably one of Adams most recognizable and popular songs. "Run to You" was released worldwide on October 18, 1984. The song reached the top ten on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and was Adams first number one hit on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and number six on the Billboard Hot 100. "Run to You" reached the top twenty on the Canadian singles chart and remained in the top twenty for seven weeks. "Run to You" reached the highest Canadian chart positions Adams had attained at the time of release and became his second top twenty single in Canada. "Run to You" was released the following month in Ireland and peaked at number 8 and reached number eleven on the UK Singles Chart. It was his second single to chart in Europe.

Stewart Mason from Allmusic said "Run to You" was the first of the album's six (!) Top 30 hits, and in retrospect, one of the weakest of the lot. Although the song has a thundering chorus, the kind that sounds truly excellent blasting through FM speakers, there is quite literally not much else to the song: of the song's nearly four-minute length, over half of the song is devoted to repeats of the chorus and an unimaginative instrumental breakdown that leads into a seemingly endless vamp on the chorus to fade."

Music video

The music video was shot in London, England and later Los Angeles. Directed by Steve Barron, it was nominated for the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards in five different categories: Best Direction, Best Special Effects, Best Art Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. While the song didn't win any of the awards, it has received more MTV Video Music Award nominations than any other of Adams' songs.

Cover versions

"Run to You" has been covered by numerous artists. The first cover recording was released as a single by En-Rage(a short lived UK dance act by Tony Jackson in 1992, and in 1993 it was featured on the band's only album, Savior. The second was an alternative rock version by Lou Barlow on the 1993 extended play album, Lou Barlow and Friends: Another Collection of Home Recordings. A German band named Novaspace covered "Run to You" on their 2003 album, Cubes which was heavily inspired by Dance and pop music. The Norwegian hard rock singer-songwriter Jørn Lande covered "Run to You" on his cover' album "Unlocking the Past" on the Japanese edition of the album. The British synthpop band Schmoof on their extended play Warm Electro for Cold Ears.


Chart positions

Chart (1984) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 6
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Canadian Singles Chart 12
UK Singles Chart 11
Irish Singles Chart 8


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