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"Run to You" is a rock song written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance for Adams' fourth studio album, Reckless. It was the first single released from the album. It is arguably one of Adams' most recognizable and popular songs. The song topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has appeared on all of Adams' compilation albums. The single was certified Gold in Canadamarker in 1985.

Writing and recording

After a tour in Asia Adams started the recording for Reckless. The recording for "Run to You" started on March 27, 1984 at Little Mountain Sound, Vancouvermarker, Canadamarker and continued through the summer. It was mixed on September 21 in New Yorkmarker by Jim Vallance. The song was written on the January 10, 1983 and became the last song written for Reckless.

Release and reception

"Run to You" was released in October 1984 and became one of the most successful songs from Reckless on the American rock charts and arguably one of Adams most recognizable and popular songs. "Run to You" was released worldwide on October 18, 1984. The song reached the top ten on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and was Adams first number one hit on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and number six on the Billboard Hot 100. "Run to You" reached the top twenty on the Canadian singles chart and remained in the top twenty for seven weeks. "Run to You" reached the highest Canadian chart positions Adams had attained at the time of release and became his second top twenty single in Canada. "Run to You" was released the following month in Irelandmarker and peaked at number 8 and reached number eleven on the UK Singles Chart. It was his second single to chart in Europe.

Stewart Mason from Allmusic said "Run to You" was the first of the album's six Top 30 hits, and in retrospect, "one of the weakest of the lot. Although the song has a thundering chorus, the kind that sounds truly excellent blasting through FM speakers, there is quite literally not much else to the song: of the song's nearly four-minute length, over half of the song is devoted to repeats of the chorus and an unimaginative instrumental breakdown that leads into a seemingly endless vamp on the chorus to fade."The long instrumental is indicative of the theme of the music video where the protagonist is serenading his guitar as the object of his affection.

Music video

The music video was shot in Londonmarker, Englandmarker and later Los Angelesmarker. Directed by Steve Barron, it was nominated for the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards in five different categories: Best Direction, Best Special Effects, Best Art Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. While the song didn't win any of the awards, it has received more MTV Video Music Award nominations than any other of Adams' songs.

Cover versions

"Run to You" has been covered by numerous artists. The first cover recording was released as a single by Rage! (a short lived UK dance act) in 1992, reaching number three in the UK singles chart (eight spots higher than the original in that country), and in 1993 it was featured on the band's only album, Savior. The second was an alternative rock version by Lou Barlow on the 1993 extended play album, Lou Barlow and Friends: Another Collection of Home Recordings. A German band named Novaspace covered "Run to You" on their 2003 album, Cubes which was heavily inspired by Dance and pop music. The Japanese rock band Nil covered "Run to You" on their 2004 cover album "The Covering Inferno". The Norwegianmarker hard rock singer-songwriter Jørn Lande covered "Run to You" on his cover' album "Unlocking the Past" on the Japanesemarker edition of the album. The Britishmarker synthpop band Schmoof on their extended play Warm Electro for Cold Ears. British girl-group Bananarama perform their version of "Run to You" as a bonus download track on their 2009 album, Viva.


Chart positions

Chart (1984) Peak

Canadian Singles Chart 12
Irish Singles Chart 8
UK Singles Chart 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1


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