Footloose (song)

Footloose (song)
"Footloose"
Single by Kenny Loggins
from the album Footloose
B-side "Swear Your Love"
Released January 28, 1984
Format 7", 12", CD single
Recorded 1983
Genre Pop rock, dance, New Wave
Length 3:48
Label CBS
Writer(s) Kenny Loggins, Dean Pitchford [1]
Producer Kenny Loggins & Lee De Carlo
Kenny Loggins singles chronology
"Welcome to Heartlight"
(1983)
"Footloose"
(1984)
"I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)"
(1984)

"Footloose" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins. It was released in January 1984 as the first of two single by Loggins from the 1984 film of the same name. The song spent three weeks at number one, March 31—April 14, 1984 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and was the first of two number-one hits from the motion picture, Footloose. The song was very well received, and is one of the most recognizable songs recorded by Loggins. When the American Film Institute released its AFI's 100 Years…100 Songs, "Footloose" reached the 96th position. The song was covered by country music artist Blake Shelton for the 2011 remake of the 1984 film.

Contents

Content

The lyrics describe a young man who can't stop dancing and he encourages others to do the same: 'Cut Footloose' as the chorus suggests.

Music video

The music video was directed by Brian Grant. It features several scenes from the film, in particularly the warehouse where Kevin Bacon's character performs an unorchestrated dance routine (which was actually performed to a different song in the film itself).

Charts

Chart (1984) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
UK Singles Chart 6
German Singles Chart[2] 4
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 8
Swiss Singles Chart[4] 4
Australian Singles Chart 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Preceded by
"Jump" by Van Halen
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 25, 1984 – April 14, 1984 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins
Preceded by
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
Canadian RPM Singles Chart number-one single
April 14, 1984 – April 21, 1984
Succeeded by
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins
Preceded by
"Eat It" by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
May 14, 1984 - May 28, 1984
Succeeded by
"Hello" by Lionel Richie
Preceded by
"Hello" by Lionel Richie
New Zealand Singles Chart
June 1, 1984 - June 28, 1984
Succeeded by
"I'm Only Shooting Love" by Time Bandits

Blake Shelton version

"Footloose"

"Footloose" cover
Song by Blake Shelton from the album Footloose
Released November 8, 2011 (2011-11-08)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:38
Label Atlantic

Blake Shelton covered the song for the 2011 version of the film. Shelton's version also appears on the film's soundtrack. It charted to number 53 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in November 2011. A music video for Shelton's version of the song directed by Shaun Silva premiered in October 2011.[5]

Chart performance

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 53
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 63
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 59

Other versions

  • The song was also covered by Weird Al Yankovic, pureNRG and Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers.
  • The JaneDear Girls also recorded a version of the song for the deluxe edition of the film soundtrack in 2011.
  • The song was covered in the TV series Regular Show, sung by Pops.

Notes

References

  1. ^ Allmusic entry
  2. ^ musicline.de
  3. ^ austriancharts.at
  4. ^ hitparade.ch
  5. ^ "CMT : Videos : Blake Shelton : Footlose". Country Music Television. http://www.cmt.com/videos/blake-shelton/699177/footloose.jhtml. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Songs for Blake Shelton. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  7. ^ "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Blake Shelton. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  8. ^ "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Blake Shelton. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 17, 2011.

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