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All I Wanna Do (Sheryl Crow song)

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"All I Wanna Do"
All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow US commercial cassette.jpg
US commercial cassette single
Single by Sheryl Crow
from the album Tuesday Night Music Club
B-side"Solidify" "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday"
ReleasedApril 4, 1994
RecordedToad Hall, Pasadena, California, 1993
GenreCountry pop
Length4:32 (Album version)
4:11 (Remix)
Sheryl Crow singles chronology
"What I Can Do for You"
"All I Wanna Do"
"Leaving Las Vegas"
Audio sample

"All I Wanna Do" is a song performed by Sheryl Crow. The song was written by Crow, David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, and Kevin Gilbert, with lyrics adapted from Wyn Cooper's 1987 poem "Fun". It was Crow's breakthrough hit from her 1993 debut album Tuesday Night Music Club. The song is Crow's biggest US hit, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 behind "I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men for six consecutive weeks from October 8 to November 12, 1994, and it also topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It was the winner of the 1995 Grammy for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and was nominated for Song of the Year.

In addition to its US success, "All I Wanna Do" peaked at number one in Australia for one week and in Canada for four weeks, also topping the RPM Adult Contemporary chart in the latter country. In New Zealand and the United Kingdom, it peaked at number four, and in Europe, it reached the top 10 in Austria, Flemish Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. It is Crow's biggest international hit to date.

Crow performed the song on her live album Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park.

Background and structure

The lyrics of the song are based on the poem "Fun" by Wyn Cooper.[1][2] Cooper was inspired to write the poem by a conversation at a bar with a friend and occasional writer, Bill Ripley (died 2006), in which he said "All I want is to have a little fun before I die", which became the first line of the poem. In a 1994 interview, Cooper said: "The poem isn't really about him. Or me. They're different people. They're people you can sort of see as ... well ... objective correlatives. Symbols of people like us, or what we could have been, or what we would have become if we continued to drink and do nothing with our lives."[3][4] Crow's producer (Bottrell) discovered Cooper's poetry book The Country of Here Below in a Pasadena, California, used bookstore. Crow had written a song called "I Still Love You" but was unhappy with its lyrics; she used its melody and adapted the poem for her lyrics to "All I Wanna Do". The song earned Cooper considerable royalties and helped to promote his book, originally published in a run of only 500 copies in 1987, into multiple reprints.[3] After the song became popular, Ripley brought an unsuccessful lawsuit against Cooper for some of the song's royalties, which ended their friendship.[3][5]

The opening spoken line, "This ain't no disco", is a reference to the song "Life During Wartime" by Talking Heads.[6]

Attending a 1997 performance of Crow at the Rosemont Theatre in Illinois, veteran Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot called the song "a rewrite of Stealers Wheel's 'Stuck in the Middle with You'".[7]

Critical reception

Larry Flick from Billboard wrote, "Critical darling is poised for a long-deserved top 40 breakthrough with this breezy hand-clapper. Crow has a friendly demeanor that adds extra bounce to a sweet instrumental setting of jangly guitars and toe-tapping beats. Live-sounding jam is a fitting soundtrack to a day at the beach or speeding down the highway with the top down."[8] Troy J. Augusto from Cash Box felt it should have been the first single from Tuesday Night Music Club. "Devil-may-care lyrics (“Hike a good beer-buzz, early in the morning”), a cool country twang and Sheryl’s friendly vocal style should all spell hit for this feelin’-good number. Rock, country, adult and, particularly, hits radio should all find lots to love about this low-key frolic. Don’t miss the live show."[9] Music writer James Masterton commented in his weekly UK chart commentary, that "All I Wanna Do" "certainly has potential to go further, not least with Lisa Loeb as a role model but my one overwhelming confession is that I honestly cannot see what all the fuss is about. It's a good record, but no more."[10] Alan Jones from Music Week said "this cheery pop/rock smash is a wordy, but expertly delivered and invigorating confection with a catchy chorus." He added, "Brits may not smile as much as US rock buyers, but they'll grin enough to get this into the chart."[11]

Music video

The music video for the song was directed by David Hogan, who also directed her debut video for "Leaving Las Vegas". It features Crow and her band performing the song on the street, with notable characters flying through the air. The video was filmed in front of the Roxy Theatre at the corner of Franklin Street and North 1st Street in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Two versions of the music video exist. The original video featured the character "Billy", mentioned in the song, played by actor Gregory Sporleder. A second version of the video was released with the character's appearances edited out. The edited version appears on Crow's "Greatest Hits" music video DVD.

In 2009, an additional music video was released, featured on the 2009 re-release of Tuesday Night Music Club.

Track listings

US commercial cassette single (cat. no. 31458 0702 4)

  1. "All I Wanna Do" (Remix)
  2. "Solidify"

US promotional CD single (cat. no. 31458 8298 2)

  1. "All I Wanna Do" (Remix)
  2. "All I Wanna Do" (LP version)

French CD single (cat. no. 580-654-2)

  1. "All I Wanna Do"
  2. "What I Can Do for You" – Live at the Borderline

German CD single (cat. no. 580-655-2)

  1. "All I Wanna Do"
  2. "I Shall Believe" – Live in Nashville
  3. "What I Can Do for You" – Live at the Borderline

UK CD 1 (cat. no. 580-843-2)

  1. "All I Wanna Do" – Remix
  2. "Solidify"
  3. "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday"

European CD single (cat. no. 580-844-2)

  1. "All I Wanna Do"

UK CD 2 (cat. no. 580-845-2)

  1. "All I Wanna Do" – live acoustic for Virgin Radio UK
  2. "Run Baby Run" – Live acoustic for Virgin Radio UK
  3. "Leaving Las Vegas" – Live acoustic for Virgin Radio UK



Sales certifications for All I Wanna Do
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[53] Platinum 70,000^
France 138,000[54]
Japan (RIAJ)[23] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[55] Gold 5,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[57] Silver 210,000[56]
United States (RIAA)[58] Gold 500,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Cover versions

Amy Studt version

"All I Wanna Do"
Single by Amy Studt
from the album False Smiles (re-release)
B-side"Forget It All", "You're the Breeze"
ReleasedJanuary 12, 2004 (2004-01-12)[59]
LabelPolydor, 19
Songwriter(s)Wyn Cooper, Sheryl Crow, David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Kevin Gilbert
Producer(s)David Eriksen
Amy Studt singles chronology
"Under the Thumb"
"All I Wanna Do"

English singer-songwriter Amy Studt released a cover version of the song as her fourth single. Studt was asked personally by Sheryl Crow to record a cover of the song, and Crow provided backing vocals on the track.[60][61]

Released on January 12, 2004, the single reached a peak of number 21 on the UK Singles Chart and number 25 on the Irish Singles Chart. It was taken from the re-release of her debut album, False Smiles. Following the peaking of "All I Wanna Do", Studt was dropped from her record label Polydor for poor sales.[citation needed]

Track listing

UK CD single[61]

  1. "All I Wanna Do"
  2. "Forget It All"
  3. "You're the Breeze"
  4. "All I Wanna Do" (video)


Chart (2004) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[62] 25
Scotland (OCC)[63] 17
UK Singles (OCC)[64] 21

Other versions

"Weird Al" Yankovic included All I Wanna Do in his polka medley "The Alternative Polka" from his album Bad Hair Day.

US singer Joanne Farrell released a dance version of the song in 1995. The song reached number 40 on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart; it also reached number 40 on the Official UK Singles Chart.


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