Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, & Sting – “All For Love” – (1993)

The movie was The Three Musketeers and I guess Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting were supposed to be the musical equivalent of the Three Musketeers? Maybe in 1993. Now it seems a little absurd. Let’s look at where they are now: Bryan Adams has all but disappeared off the face of the Earth after a fairly decent and long career. Sting is still a fairly well-liked and well-respected public figure, but he doesn’t put out a lot of new radio-friendly music these days. And Rod Stewart stopped singing original songs over a decade ago – releasing CD after CD of standards. This was a #1 hit on the Hot 100. The title is inspired by the Three Musketeers motto “All for one, and one for all” and was transposed into this romantic soft rock song. Ooookay.

Bryan Adams – “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” – (1991)

Does this sound like it’s from the 1980s? Yes. Does it also kind of sound like it’s from the 1990s? Also yes. While this was a massive #1 for Adams in the U.S. – it was also the #1 song of 1991. It won two Grammys and was nominated for an Oscar for its use in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. It’s a solid soft rock hit with music that could’ve been lifted from a song by Bette Midler.

Bryan Adams – “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” – (1995)

This is about as mid-nineties as this little list is going to get. This song was featured in the movie Don Juan DeMarco with Johnny Depp. The melody of the song is used throughout the film, as are Spanish versions of the song – which has a very Spanish feel (and, now that I’m listening to it, no 80s-feeling whatsoever). The flamenco guitar is really good (performed by Paco de Lucia). It was a #1 on the Hot 100 and released again in 1996 on Adam’s album 18 Til I Die.

Bryan Adams – “Please Forgive Me” – (1993)

So Far So Good was Bryan Adams’ 1993 Greatest Hits album and this was a brand new track that was tacked on to the end of it. The album also contained many other Bryan Adams songs that were popular in the 1980s – the decade I most associate with Bryan Adams. Fun fact: this was Bryan Adams only #1 hit in Australia that was not written for a motion picture. Which begs the question: how many movie theme songs has this guy done? A lot apparently, and there’s at least one more to come on this list.

#43 – Bryan Adams – “Summer of ’69” – (1984)

Does this qualify as Bryan Adams biggest hit? It hit #5 (and he’s had other #1s) but this has to be the best known, right? I’d certainly say so. If someone said, “Name a Bryan Adams song,” I’d like to think most people would say “Summer of ’69.” Then there’s the whole controversy about what it is he is referring to in the song title. Bryan Adams was 10 years old in 1969 and, unless he was some kind of prodigy – which he wasn’t (sorry, Bryan) – he probably wasn’t in bands where the members were old enough to “quite and get married.” But then again, everyone involved with this song has come out and said, at some point, that it is most certainly about sex.

#73 – Glass Tiger – “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” – (1986)

This was the first single from Canadian band Glass Tiger. It was also their biggest, hitting #1 in Canada and #2 in the United States. The band’s debut album, The Thin Red Line was produced by Bryan Adams’ songwriting partner and Bryan Adams sings background vocals on this track (by this time he as a big star in his own right, so I find it kind of odd that he’d agree to back up a completely unknown band). But he did, the song was a hit, and everyone forgot that he was even there to begin with.