Song: “All For Love” by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting
Reached #1: January 22, 1994 (Adams’ third, 3 weeks)
Once upon a time, there were three pop-rockers. They made some very memorable songs, and a lot of money. But “a lot of money” wasn’t enough. They wanted “a cubic assload of money”. So they combined to do a soundtrack song for one of the occasional retellings of the Three Musketeers saga. This was that song.
OK. So maybe I’m being harsh on Bryan Adams for roping Stewart and Sting into this syrupy love song. Yes, it went to #1 – never underestimate the selling power of sentimentality – but was this really the best these three very talented performers could come up with?
And before you say it, no, I couldn’t have done any better.
I’m just not sure I could have done any worse, either.
For the record, Adams gets the blame/credit here as he co-wrote the song.
I suppose the song did fit the times. It was bracketed at #1 by Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. But still… am I the only person who feels like this song is more of a missed opportunity than a completed project? Probably. I can be very contrarian.
Tomorrow, a record company A&R guy and some studio backup singers do an album for a different company – then have to scramble when the first single goes to #3, followed quickly by a #1.
Other songs that reached #1 on January 22:
1977 – “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder (his fifth, 1 week)