Footloose (song)

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Standard artwork (7-inch single pictured)
Single by Kenny Loggins
from the album Footloose
B-side"Swear Your Love"
ReleasedJanuary 28, 1984
  • 3:48 (album version)
  • 3:42 (single version)
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Lee DeCarlo
Kenny Loggins singles chronology
"Welcome to Heartlight"
"I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)"
"Welcome to Heartlight"
"I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)"

"Footloose" is a song co-written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins. It was released in January 1984 as the first of two singles by Loggins from the 1984 film of the same name (the other one being "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)"). The song spent three weeks at number one, March 31—April 14, 1984 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was the first of two number-one hits from the film. Billboard ranked it at the No. 4 song for 1984.[3]

The song was very well received, and is one of the most recognizable songs recorded by Loggins. When the American Film Institute released its AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs, "Footloose" reached the 96th position. The song was covered by country music artist Blake Shelton for the 2011 remake of the 1984 film.

It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 1985 ceremony, losing to Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from The Woman in Red.

The single version is slightly shorter in length compared to the album version. It begins with a soloed guitar track instead of a drum intro, and features more prominent backing vocals in the mix, particularly towards the end of the song.

In 2018, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Brian Grant. It uses the single version and features several scenes from the film, in particular the warehouse where Kevin Bacon's character performs an unorchestrated dance routine (which was actually performed to a different song in the film itself).



Blake Shelton version[edit]

Song by Blake Shelton
from the album Footloose
ReleasedNovember 8, 2011 (2011-11-08)
FormatDigital download
GenreCountry pop
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Dean Pitchford

Blake Shelton covered the song for the 2011 version of the film. Shelton's version also appears on the film's soundtrack. It charted at number 63 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in November 2011. A music video for Shelton's version of the song, directed by Shaun Silva, premiered in October 2011.[20]


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[21] 59
Canada Country (Billboard)[22] 35
US Billboard Hot 100[23] 63
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[24] 53


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[25] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Other cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lecaro, Lina (November 19, 2016). "This Monthly Club Is a Non-Ironic Celebration of Rock's Softer Side". LA Weekly.
  2. ^ Allmusic entry
  3. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1984
  4. ^ "National Recording Registry Reaches 500". Library of Congress. March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  7. ^ Belgian peak Archived 2012-04-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  9. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  11. ^ Italian peaks for 'Kenny Loggins'
  12. ^ " – Kenny Loggins – Footloose". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
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  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Kenny Loggins Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  17. ^ "Top 100 Singles of 1984 – Volume 41, No. 17, January 05 1985". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original on 2016-05-09. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
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  20. ^ "CMT : Videos : Blake Shelton : Footloose". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  21. ^ "Blake Shelton Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  22. ^ "Blake Shelton Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  23. ^ "Blake Shelton Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  24. ^ "Blake Shelton Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  25. ^ "American single certifications – Blake Shelton – Footloose". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
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