“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams. Written by Adams, Michael Kamen and Robert John “Mutt” Lange, featured on two albums simultaneously on its release, the soundtrack album from the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and on Adams’ sixth album Waking Up the Neighbours(1991). The song 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). It went on to sell more than 15 million copies worldwide, making it Adams’ most successful song and one of the best-selling singles of all time. Subsequently, the song has been covered by hundreds of singers and artists around the world.
The musicians on the original recording are Adams on lead vocals and guitar, Bill Payne (piano), Mickey Curry (drums), Larry Klein (bass), Keith Scott (guitar) and Mutt Lange (keyboards and background vocals). Based on orchestral music by Kamen, the song was written in London, the UK at the studio Adams was working at in 1990, and he and Lange wrote it in 45 minutes, recording it the following March and releasing it three months later. The song is performed in the key of D ♭ major.
The official music video for the song was directed by Julien Temple. A video was also commissioned for a live version of the song, directed by Andy Morahan.
In the United Kingdom, “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” has the longest unbroken run at number one, spending sixteen consecutive weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart from July to October 1991.
It also spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and nine weeks atop the Canadian Singles Chart in Adams’s native Canada. Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song for 1991.
Adams, Kamen, and Lange won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1992. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song but lost to “Beauty and the Beast”.