"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" is a power ballad performed by Bryan Adams and co-written with Michael Kamen and Robert John "Mutt" Lange, featured on the soundtrack album from the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and on Adams' album Waking Up the Neighbours. It was an enormous chart success internationally, sixteen consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart (the longest in British chart history), spending seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and nine weeks atop the RPM singles chart in Canada. It was a number one hit on several charts, making it Bryan Adams' most successful song.
Adams, Kamen and Lange won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television at the Grammy Awards in 1992, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. Subsequently, the song has been covered by numerous singers around the world.
"I Do It for You" was the last of three songs added to Waking up the Neighbours. The album benefited from the success of the lead single; the song proved to be a hit throughout the world. In all, it topped the charts in thirty countries, becoming the best-selling song of 1991 and one of the best-selling singles of all time.
In the U.S. it topped the chart for seven weeks, selling three million singles, making it the second best-selling song after "We Are the World" by USA for Africa, and it also broke the record for longest run at number one on the Hot 100 Single Sales, becoming the best-selling single in America for 17 weeks.
In the UK, it sold almost 1.53 million copies, making it the best selling single in the UK since Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in 1984. The song broke the record for the most consecutive weeks on top of the UK charts, with 16 weeks at number one from 7 July 1991 (holding Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" at number two for six consecutive weeks). The previous record-holder, "Rose Marie" by Slim Whitman, had been top of the charts for 11 weeks in 1955 (the single did not break the record for the most weeks at number one on the UK charts, held by the 1953 Frankie Laine song "I Believe" which spent 18 non-consecutive weeks at number one). The success of the single led to Waking up the Neighbours receiving pre-order sales of 200,000.
Elsewhere in Europe, the song reached number one in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. The success of the single led to pre-order sales of a million for Waking up the Neighbours throughout Europe. The album went on to sell 15 million copies around the world due in part to the song but also due to other singles.