I'll Stand by You

by jptanabe

"I'll Stand by You" originally by Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders is an unforgettable song.

This song, "I'll Stand by You," is a ballad that offers love and support even in one's darkest hour. Since being recorded by the Pretenders in 1994, this song has remained a favorite. It has powerful words that stir the emotions, and when you watch some of the music videos, it's even more heart wrenching. No wonder it has been sung by many music stars, and at many charity events.

I'll Stand by You by The Pretenders

Co-written by Chrissie Hynde, the amazing female rock star, this song was a tremendous hit for Chrissie's band, The Pretenders, in 1994.



When you watch some of the music videos, this song is even more heart wrenching:

From Chrissie Hynde's music video to Carrie Underwood's "Idol Gives Back" video of children in Africa, "I'll Stand by You" has such a deep impact.



From its opening lines

"Oh, why you look so sad? Tears are in your eyes"

to its conclusion

"Won't let nobody hurt you. I'll stand by you"

this song stirs the emotions.

Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde

"Let me see you through

'cause I've seen the dark side too"

The Pretenders - Chrissie Hynde in the music video

Quite disturbing, but very meaningful, this music video is Chrissie Hynde showing her strength not just as a singer but as a person. She co-wrote the song, so you'd better believe she understands what she's singing!

"When the night falls on you, baby

You're feeling all alone

You won't be on your own"

Carrie Underwood - "Idol Gives Back"

Carrie Underwood sang "I'll Stand by You" when she visited Africa as part of the "American Idol" special show "Idol Gives Back." The song and the children bring Carrie to tears (and the audience of course).

This was a charity event, and all money from the downloads was to be donated to help poor children in Africa.

"Take me in, into your darkest hour

And I'll never desert you"

Shakira - "Hope for Haiti Now"

Whatever you may think of Shakira, this was a pretty great version of "I'll Stand by You." She performed it as part of the telethon to provide disaster relief following the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.

Girls Aloud - "Children in Need"

The British all girls singing group Girls Aloud also had a big hit with this song recorded for the BBC charity "Children in Need." Their voices are good, they are gorgeous, and their music video is a bit different from the other versions!

"Won't let nobody hurt you

I'll stand by you"

Glee - Finn sings "I'll Stand by You" to the sonogram of Quinn's baby.

Bittersweet because we know the child is Puck's not Finn's. And Kurt is playing piano while Finn practices. You gotta be a "Glee" fan to appreciate all the significance in this!

Why I Love this Song

Unconditional love

'cause even if you're wrong I'll stand by you

Pia Toscano on American Idol

A different approach to the song

This is a bit of a different take on the song - Pia Toscano style! Have to admit that Pia was not my favorite contestant on the 2011 season of American Idol, but she certainly wowed everyone with this rendition of I'll Stand by You.

Original version

Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders


The original version sung by Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders, digitally remastered, this is a must have track!

Updated: 06/02/2022, jptanabe
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