During a recent interview with the Independent, Bryan Adams reflected on his power ballad entitled ‘Everything I Do.’ The musician revealed how the song achieved such success and said that the key to its popularity lies within its lyrics.
In April 1991, Bryan Adams and Mutt Lange entered the studio to record ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ for the soundtrack of ‘Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.’ Following the international release on June 12, 1991, the song became a huge success commercially by shipping hundreds of copies across the country.
‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ debuted at number one in all radio formats and stayed at the top of several charts in at least 19 countries. Moreover, the single became Adams’ second Billboard number-one single and his first number one hit in the U.K. It also sold over 15 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Bryan Adams recalled the time he learned that ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ was a success in an interview with the Independent. He stated that he was on tour at that time, so he learned about the song’s success rather than experiencing it first hand. Adams then said he began playing at bigger venues and for more extended tours following the release, which is why he couldn’t enjoy having a number-one single.
Following that, Bryan Adams revealed that ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ was successful because it appealed to everyone, even people who never buy records, and the people from all corners of the world who didn’t even understand the lyrics. According to Adams, another reason was that it had a sentiment that could be felt all around the globe.
In the interview with the Independent, Bryan Adams recalled the following:
“I was on tour. People were always saying, ‘You’re number one in England,’ but I wasn’t around to witness it. I was playing gigs non-stop. I was on tour, literally, for four years. So the way it changed was suddenly, I was playing a lot more places to much bigger crowds. And for a lot longer tours. I don’t suppose I ever really got to enjoy the surreal aspect of being No. 1 for four months. I was only told about it.”
Talking about the success of ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,’ Adams said:
“That song was one of those songs. It appealed to people who never buy records. That song was big, everywhere, to the point that though some people didn’t understand what was being said in the song, people from other languages and cultures, they got the emotion of the song. The lyric is quite simple in its sentiment, but it was a sentiment that went around the globe. It was all-pervasive.”
Below, you can listen to the all-time classic ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.’