I'll Stand by You

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"I'll Stand by You"
Single by The Pretenders
from the album Last of the Independents
B-side "Rebel Rock Me"
Released July 21, 1994
Recorded Sire
Warner Bros. Records
WEA Records
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:59
Label Sire, Warner Bros., WEA
Writer(s) Chrissie Hynde, Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg
Producer Ian Stanley
The Pretenders singles chronology
"Night in My Veins"
(1994)
"I'll Stand by You"
(1994)
"977"
(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.

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 | edit source]

Charts[change | edit source]

Peak positions[change | edit source]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 8
UK Singles Chart 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 21
Swedish Top 60 Singles 21

End of year charts[change | edit source]

End of year chart (1995) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 95

Girls Aloud version[change | edit source]

Charts[change | edit source]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[2] 3
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[3] 85
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[4] 1

Year-end chart[change | edit source]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
United Kingdom (2004) 34

Certification[change | edit source]

Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
United Kingdom Silver

Chart procession and succession[change | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Charts[change | edit source]

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

Shakira version[change | edit source]

Chart performance[change | edit source]

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


Other versions[change | edit source]

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