I'll Stand by You

song written and composed by Chrissie Hynde, Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg, originally recorded by The Pretenders in 1994

"I'll Stand By You" is a song by The Pretenders. It was released in 1994. It was for their sixth studio album, Last of the Independents. It was written by Chrissie Hynde with help from Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg. "I'll Stand By You" became a hit song for the group and their most popular recording. It became their last successful single in North America.

"I'll Stand by You"
Song by The Pretenders
from the album Last of the Independents
B-side"Rebel Rock Me"
ReleasedJuly 21, 1994
Warner Bros. Records
WEA Records
GenreAlternative rock
LabelSire, Warner Bros., WEA
Songwriter(s)Chrissie Hynde, Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg
Producer(s)Ian Stanley
The Pretenders singles chronology
"Night in My Veins"
"I'll Stand by You"

The song is a power ballad. It talks about love and faithfulness in times of feeling down or worthless. Since its release, the track had also became a major hit for the British girl group Girls Aloud in 2004. American singer Carrie Underwood recorded the song in 2007. She did so as a charity single to help others. Colombian singer Shakira recorded the song as a charity single as well. It was to raise money for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

The Pretenders' version change

Charts change

Girls Aloud version change

Charts change

Chart procession and succession change

Preceded by
"Vertigo" by U2
UK Singles Chart number-one single
21 November 2004 - 28 November 2004
Succeeded by
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid 20

Carrie Underwood version change

Charts change

Chart (2007) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 6
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 41A
  • A Charted from unsolicited airplay.

Shakira version change

Chart performance change

Chart (2010) Peak
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 53

Other versions change

References change

  1. "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  2. "Chart Track: Week 49, 2004". Irish Singles Chart.
  3. "Girls Aloud – Jump" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  4. "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  5. "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  8. "Shakira – I'll Stand by You". Singles Top 100.