Bryan Adams (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Label: A&M Records
Catalog#: AMCD 789
Format: CD, Maxi-Single
Style: Soft Rock, Pop Rock, A.O.R.
01 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You (Single Version) 4:12 Producer Robert John Lange
02 Shes Only Happy When Shes Dancing (Live)3:33
03 Cuts Like A Knife (Live)5:37
04 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You 6:35
Producer Robert John Lange
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You is taken from the Morgan Creek Soundtrack Album “Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves”
B-side “Shes Only Happy When Shes Dancing” (live)
Released 10 June 1991
Recorded March 1991
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:06 (radio edit)
6:34 (album edit)
Label A&M Records
Writer(s) Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen, Robert John “Mutt” Lange
Producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange
Certification 3x platinum (RIAA)
“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” is a power ballad performed by Bryan Adams and co-written with Michael Kamen and Robert John “Mutt” Lange, featured on the soundtrack album from the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and on Adams’ album Waking Up the Neighbours. It was an enormous chart success internationally, particularly in the United Kingdom, where it spent sixteen consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart (the longest in British chart history), seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and nine weeks atop the RPM singles chart in Canada. It was a number one hit on several charts, making it Bryan Adams’ most successful song.
Adams, Kamen and Lange won a Grammy Award for Best Song 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.
“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 United States, it topped the chart for seven weeks and sold three million singles, making it Americas second-best-selling song up to that point (after USA for Africas “We Are the World”). 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. If one counts a #1 twice if it had two distinct runs at #1 (analogously to the official system of numbering U.S. presidents), it was Billboards 1,000th #1, although only 939 individual singles had preceded it as chart-toppers.
In the United Kingdom, it sold almost 1.53 million copies, making it the best selling single in Britain since Band Aids “Do They Know Its Christmas?” in 1984. The song broke the record for the most consecutive weeks on top of the British charts, with 16 weeks at number one from 7 July 1991 (holding Right Said Freds “I’m Too Sexy” at number two for six consecutive weeks). The previous record-holder, “Rose Marie” by Slim Whitman, had been top of the charts for 11 weeks in 1955. (The single did not break the record for the most weeks at number one on the UK charts, held by the 1953 Frankie Laine song “I Believe” which spent 18 non-consecutive weeks at number one.) The success of the single led to Waking up the Neighbours receiving pre-order sales of 200,000. The single sold 10 million copies around the world.
Elsewhere in Europe, the song reached number one in Germany, the Netherlands, 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 16 million copies around the world due in part to the song but also due to other singles.
Peak positions Chart (1991)
Australia ARIA Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Belgian Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Danish Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Chart 1
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 1
Finnish Singles Chart 1
French Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
Italian Singles Chart 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 1
Polish Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 1