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(Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams

Album: Waking Up The NeighborsReleased: 1991Charted:
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  • This song is featured in the Kevin Costner movie Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, where it plays over the credits. It was written to order for the movie, initially by American film composer Michael Kamen, with the middle eight, break, outro and arrangement added by Adams and producer Mutt Lange. Adams used a line in the movie, "I do it for you..." as the basis for the song, and they had it written in about an hour.
  • Adams has said that initially, this song didn't meet with Hollywood approval, as the film company wanted the song to have instrumentation in line with the films' era - lutes, mandolins, and the like. The film company relented, but still buried the song midway through the credits, apparently unaware of the huge hit they had on their hands.
  • This is one of the most successful singles of all time, selling over 3 million copies. It was #1 for 16 weeks in the UK (from 13th July to 26th October 1991) and 7 weeks in the US. (thanks, Matthew - Shrewsbury, England)
  • A longer version of this song was used as the B-side to Adam's next single, "Can't Stop This Thing We Started."
  • This brought Adams a huge Adult Contemporary audience, but alienated many fans of his rock music. He continued to record dramatic ballads for romantic movies: In 1993, he sang "All For Love" with Rod Stewart and Sting for The 3 Musketeers, and in 1995 he recorded "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?" for Don Juan DeMarco.
  • This went to #1 in 30 countries. It also won a Grammy for Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television in 1992.
  • Some of the hits Mutt Lange produced before lending his talents to this track include "Back In Black" for AC/DC and "Photograph" by Def Leppard. Bryan Adams told us about working with Lange: "Mutt is great to work with because he is committed to making sure the songs have the best of everything before they go out into the world. We've had three number one records together and many good times, a true friend." (Check out our interview with Bryan Adams.)
  • Brandy covered this on her 1998 album Never Say Never. (thanks, Daisy - Ikast, Denmark)
  • Michael Kamen had originally wanted the song to be as if it were Maid Marian singing to Robin Hood. However, this initial version was deemed so bland that Kate Bush, Annie Lennox and Lisa Stansfield all turned it down.
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Comments: 27

Love this songLarry - Coral Springs, Fl
Was nominated for Best Song at the 1991 Academy Awards {Lost to "Beauty and the Beast" from the movie of the same name}!!!Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I have not been able to get this song out of my head for a weak , I love it so muchRubymae Scribner - Auburn, Me
I love this song , this is my parents song. I danced to this song when I won prom princess with my prince. and I have not been able to get it out of my headRubymae Scribner - Auburn, Me
Heard this song when I was in college. I played it for my future wife.Joel - Columbia, Md
this here ladies and gentleman what we have is a great song period. half the times people go out of their way to try and find complex lyrics all the name of lyrical prowess but here is a straight forward simple sing along song that is good.Lennon - Harare, Zimbabwe
this son is very good very impressive for #1 IN 30 COUNTRIESMarine - Stanton, American Samoa
Originally Kate Bush was to sing the song before Bryan Adams did. Another early choice was Peter Cetera with Julia FordhamSara - Silver Spring, Md
I don't think that most love songs are sappy, but ultimately that's a matter of taste. I just find it's maudlin without being really emotional. The lyrics are not particularly moving to me, just cliches. And even that would be ok except the music is totally humdrum too. I like 'Heaven' (and most of his other ballads) infinitely more than this song.Liquid Len - Ottawa, Canada
I love this song. Bryan Adams has a one of a kind voice and I will love anything he sings. My favorite song by him is "Heaven". By the way "Liquid Len", most love songs are sappy.Sarah - Madison, Wi
the melody to this monster hit was actually based on a aural impression of harpsichord and lute sounds recorded by michael kamen in the 1960's which he had sent to bryan adams so he could write lyrics to,which he did with mutt lange.Jeff - Liverpool, England
I love this song so much, Also love Bryan Adams.
You are a brilliant singer and I love all your songs xxx
Stacey - Edinburgh, Scotland
This song brings back too many painful memories for me....and I just cannot bring myself to like it.Gena - Prestonsburg, Ky
I'd like to know where that "age 10" came from, too. I don't think that it's true, though. I still love this song; glad to know there are others still out there! It was written in a short amount of time; the producers of the movie HATED the song; I think it should have won Best Song 1991, but it was beaten out by Natalie & Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable."Tom - Putnam Valley, Ny
You are head over heels in love. Love this song and most of Bryan Adams hits. "If you love someone"--is one of my treasured songs.Polly - London, England
I absolutely love this song. My boyfriend surprised me and picked this song to dedicate to me in my last semester at college during his fraternity formal. So romantic!Melanie - Philadelphia, Pa
Even if it was written at age 10 the recording was not built on the strength of its songwriting. It was a great record because they really nailed it in the studio with Mutt. They got it just right. From vocal to piano to guitar solo. It was definately a praiseworthy record but if you think about the composition it was just another sappy love song. Great records can come out of limited material.Brian - Meriden, Ct
so simple, but it's great! i think this song is one of the most listened love songs by lovers. i like when bryan did it with celine dion in live performance.Ana - Lokev, Europe
This is definetelly my favourite song!I think that this song is the best love song ever written;the amazing song.Every word is so special.I would like if someone sing me that song oneday,maybe Bryan...Who knows...
People,you just must love that song!!!
Anita - Belgrade, Serbia
Adams and Lange did probaly look at the script first cause there are lines in the film that go with the song e.g.
Robin - Was she worth it
Barberian - Worth Dying For
Jack - Nottingham, England
Forgot to say...I believe that they read the script and then wrote the song.Bunny - Oz, Australia
He and Mutt Lange wrote it and apparently in about 45 mins. I think they were both surprised it was a hit. Bryan was never happy with the video clip, very disappointed. The "film people" didn't like it and hence it only plays in the credits.Bunny - Oz, Australia
This song was adopted by david duke (the ex-clans man) when he was running for Govenor of Louisana and the 90's ..Happily Bryan Adams made him stop using this song at his rallies.Vaughn - New York, Ny
Bryan adam wasn't my most fovourite artist but the song "everything i do " of him makes me sympathy so much . And this is my most favourite song!i mostly like this man. Thank B.A so so so so much !Minh Nhat - Ha Noi, Other
This song is my personal favourite and is very romantic.Nicola - London, England
for any one that doesnt already know, this song was covered by new found glory.Artel - Buffalo, Ny
I love this song. I did, at one point, make a pseudo living as a Bryan Adams impersonator. Just gotta wait again until my voice is that grainy...Matthew - Shrewsbury, England