“Somebody” is a rock song written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance for Adams fourth studio album Reckless (1984). It was the second single released from the album Reckless. The song topped the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Stewart Mason from Allmusic said “Following the Big Rawk Anthem (“Run to You“) and the Sensitive Power Ballad (“Heaven“), “Somebody” covers the third base as a straight-ahead singalong pop song with a killer chorus. A gift to an entire generation of cover bands working the bar circuit, “Somebody” has a chorus so simple and catchy that you can actually sing along to it even if you’ve never actually heard the song before, and Adams and his indispensable musical partner, Jim Vallance, helpfully point out the feasibility of said activity by incorporating a large, somewhat ragged group of backing vocalists for the lengthy vamp of a fadeout. Rather like “Run to You,” “Somebody” is just slightly too schematic to qualify as an all-time heartland rock classic, but it still sounds good on the radio.”
“Somebody” was released in the winter of 1985 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. The song was Adams second number one hit on the Top Rock Tracks chart (where it spent two weeks) and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Somebody” reached number 13 on the Canadian singles chart and remained in the top 20 for six weeks. “Somebody” was Adams third top 20 hit on the Canadian chart. “Somebody” was released the following month in Europe and peaked at the number 20 in Ireland and at 35 on the UK Singles Chart becoming his third single to chart in Europe.