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"All Right Now"
Single by Free
from the album Fire and Water
B-side "Mouthful of Grass"
Released 1970
Format 7" 45 RPM
Genre Hard rock
Length 5:29
4:13 (single version)
Label Island, A&M (US/Canada)
Writer(s) Andy Fraser/Paul Rodgers
Producer Free
Free singles chronology
"I'll Be Creeping"
"All Right Now"
"The Stealer"
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"All Right Now" is a rock single by the English rock band Free. The song, released in the summer of 1970, hit #2 on the UK singles chart, #4 on US Billboard chart.[1] "All Right Now" originally appeared on the album Fire And Water, which Free recorded on the Island Records label, formed by Chris Blackwell. In 1991, the song was remixed and re-released, reaching #8 on the UK singles chart.

"All Right Now" was a #1 hit in over 20 territories and was recognised by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) in 1990 for garnering 1,000,000 plus radio plays in the U.S. by late 1989.[2] In 2000, The Multi Million Award was given to Paul Rodgers by the British Music Industry when "All Right Now" passed 2,000,000 plus radio plays in the UK.[3]

The song has recently found a home as part of the encore set for Queen + Paul Rodgers. Before "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions", it offers the fans one more chance to sing along. Curiously, one of the engineers during the recordings of "All Right Now" was Roy Thomas Baker, who would later become Queen's producer (he mixed "Killer Queen", "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Don't Stop Me Now" among others).

According to drummer Simon Kirke, "All Right Now" was written by bassist Andy Fraser and singer Paul Rodgers in the Durham Students' Union building, Dunelm House[4]. Paul Rodgers stated whilst performing with Queen that he wrote the lyrics to "All Right Now". This remark can be heard on the Queen + Paul Rodgers CD, Return of the Champions, when "All Right Now" starts.



There are (at least) two mixes of Free's "All Right Now". The most popular version heard on album rock stations is 5:29 and a shorter mix is 4:13. The shorter one has a more complex guitar riff at the lead-in. The difference appears in the first seven seconds of the two tracks before Rodgers' "Whoa, whoa, whoa". The jazzier riff is apparent throughout the entire recording; there are also several slight variants to the bassline.

Furthermore, there are two mixes of the common 4:13 version. The first is the original '1970s' version; this was later remixed using exactly the same vocal track, but replacing the guitars and drums with heavier, rockier sounding ones.

There is an outtake version on their box-set, and a version on Free Live!


  • Paul Rodgers – Lead vocals
  • Paul Kossoff – Guitar
  • Andy Fraser – Bass guitar
  • Simon Kirke – Drums

Cover versions

"All Right Now" has been covered by many bands and artists; the most popular are by The Runaways in 1978, (Rick) Santers[1] in 1984, Rod Stewart in 1985, ex-Wham! backing singers Pepsi & Shirlie in 1987, and by Scottish girl band Lemonescent in 2003. It has also been sampled in Tone-Loc's song "Funky Cold Medina" in 1989. The Who covered it at a concert in Passaic, New Jersey on September 11, 1979. Sawyer Brown covers "All Right Now" as a part of their 2008 tour.

"All Right Now", recorded by Mike Oldfield (produced by Tom Newman), with vocals by Wendy Roberts and Pierre Moerrlen, was issued as a one-sided promotional blue flexi-disc 7" single in 1979. The single was given only to Virgin Records executives and was never issued to the public, making it one of the most elusive collectors' items in the Oldfield catalogue. Its catalogue number is "Virgin TT-362".[5]

Since 1976, "All Right Now" has been the de facto fight song of the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB).

Steve Miller acknowledged that the intro to his 1976 #1 single "Rock 'n Me" was a tip of the hat to All Right Now. "Yeah, it's a tack on the wall for Paul. I did one concert in the two years that I was off the road. I went to London and played with Pink was a big, huge outdoor show so we needed a big rock and roll number that was really going to excite everybody. I just put it together and didn't think much about it."[2]

Christina Aguilera covered this song in 2000 at a concert, and appears on her My Reflection DVD.

David Cook covered this song during Top 20 week on American Idol: Season 7.

Paige Miles also sang this song on American Idol as her Top 24 performance.

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