Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?

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"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"
Single by Bryan Adams
from the album 18 til I Die
Released April 14, 1995
Format CD single
Recorded 1994
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:06
Label A&M Records
Writer(s) Bryan Adams
Michael Kamen
Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Producer Adams and Lange
Certification Platinum (RIAA)[source?]
Bryan Adams singles chronology
"All for Love"
(1993)
"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"
(1995)
"Rock Steady"
(1995)

"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" is a 1995 song written by Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen and Robert John "Mutt" Lange for the movie Don Juan DeMarco. The melody is used as a musical motif throughout the movie, and the song is featured three times in the movie, twice performed by other artists in Spanish, and finally performed by Adams himself during the closing credits. The Adams version of the song, which features flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, is featured on the soundtrack album and also on the album 18 Til I Die. It was at number one for five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, making it the third number one song for the songwriting team, and went on to earn them their second Oscar nomination.

Various women's groups contacted Adams when the song became popular, which led to his publishing a series of books of photos, with all proceeds going to breast cancer research.

Artists who have covered this song[change | edit source]

  • Jose Hernandez and Nydia, whose Spanish-language duet is featured in Don Juan DeMarco
  • Chitãozinho & Xororó translated to "Um Homem Quando Ama" (from "Chitãozinho & Xororó) PolyGram, 1995
  • Il Divo translated to "Un Regalo Que Te Dio La Vida" (from "Siempre") RCA, 2006
  • Pedro Fernandez translated to "La Mujer Que Amas" (from "Pedro Fernandez") Polygram Mexico, 1995.
  • Highway 101 and Paulette Carlson (from "Reunited"), Willow Tree Records, 1996.
  • James Last (from "Pop Symphnies 2") Instrumental version, Polydor Records, 1997.
  • Linda Evangelista (from "Man to Woman: Men of Note Sing for a Cause"), PolyGram, 1998.
  • Eric Hansen (from "Without Words" Flamenco 2001 and also "Nuevo Flamenco Romancero") Neurodisc, 2001.
  • Rick Trevino on In My Dreams, 2003.

Track listings[change | edit source]

CD single
  1. "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" — 4:52
  2. "Low Life" — 4:17

Certifications[change | edit source]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Austria[1] Gold August 15, 2004 15,000
Germany[2] Gold 1995 150,000
Sweden[3] Gold October 19, 1995 10,000
Switzerland[4] Gold 1995 25,000
UK[5] Silver November 1, 1995 200,000

Charts[change | edit source]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[6] 1
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 1
Belgian (Franders) Singles Chart[6] 3
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[6] 2
Dutch Singles Chart[6] 2
French SNEP Singles Chart[6] 5
German Singles Chart[7] 3
Irish Singles Chart[8] 3
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[6] 9
Norwegian Singles Chart[6] 5
Swedish Singles Chart[6] 6
Swiss Singles Chart[6] 1
UK Singles Chart[9] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 1
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[10] 1
US Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks[10] 21
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[10] 29
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[10] 5
US ARC Weekly Top 40 1
End of year chart (1995) Position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[11] 6
Austrian Singles Chart[12] 6
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[13] 9
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[14] 8
Swiss Singles Chart[15] 1
Preceded by
"This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan
ARC Weekly Top 40 number one single
May 27, 1995 - July 10, 1995 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Water Runs Dry" by Boyz II Men
Preceded by
"This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
June 3, 1995 - July 1, 1995 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Waterfalls" by TLC
Preceded by
"Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)" by Scatman John
Swiss number one single
July 2, 1995 - July 9, 1995 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wish You Were Here" by Rednex
Preceded by
"Mouth" by Merril Bainbridge
Australia (ARIA) number one single
July 2, 1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" by U2
Preceded by
"Laß uns schmutzig Liebe machen" by Die Schröders
Austrian number one single
July 16, 1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Wish You Were Here" by Rednex

References[change | edit source]

  1. Austrian certifications ifpi.at (Retrieved May 6, 2008) Archived 1 February 2010 at WebCite
  2. German certifications musikindustrie.de (Retrieved May 6, 2008)
  3. Swedish certifications Ifpi.se . Retrieved September 11, 2008.
  4. Swiss certifications Swisscharts.com (Retrieved May 6, 2008)
  5. UK certifications Bpi.co.uk . Retrieved August 6, 2008. Archived 24 July 2007 at WebCite
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?", in various Singles Chart Lescharts.com . Retrieved April 7, 2008.
  7. German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de . Retrieved April 7, 2008. Archived 17 June 2009 at WebCite
  8. Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie . Retrieved April 7, 2008. Archived 3 June 2009 at WebCite
  9. UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com . Retrieved April 7, 2008.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Billboard Allmusic.com . Retrieved August 6, 2008.
  11. 1995 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved May 6, 2008)
  12. 1995 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved May 6, 2008)
  13. 1995 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved May 6, 2008)
  14. 1995 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved May 6, 2008)
  15. 1995 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved May 6, 2008)