Hey, “American Idol” Producers: Why Not Just Have An All-Bryan Adams Night?

Like many of you who watched last night’s movie-themed American Idol, I was a little mystified by the second Bryan Adams song of the evening, Matt Giraud’s take on “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” Not because the selection—a song from Don Juan DeMarco that Adams co-wrote with Mutt Lange and Michael Kamen—pushed the night over into having too much of the Canadian rocker, but because there wasn’t enough. With only seven contestants left at this stage, everyone could have had their own Bryan Adams song from a film. Wouldn’t you have enjoyed hearing Adam Lambert‘s take on “One Night Love Affair”? Six other Adams songs that made their way onto soundtracks are below the cut. (Add them to last night’s selections, and you have more than enough material to fill a show.) Here’s hoping the producers will start running their theme-night ideas by me in advance.

“One Night Love Affair” (featured in Real Genius, but strangely the video has clips from what I think is General Hospital)

Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting, “All For Love” (from The Three Musketeers, but synced to clips from a movie with Alyssa Milano):

Bryan Adams and Barbra Streisand, “I Finally Found Someone” (from The Mirror Has Two Faces)

“Never Let Go” (from The Guardian):

Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige, “Never Gonna Break My Faith” (from Bobby, co-written by Adams):

“Here I Am” (from Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron):

Will the group sing tonight be “All For Love”? Well, Quentin Tarantino does appreciate Adams’ body of work.

Bryan Adams [Official site]

  • sicksteanein

    I second a Bryan Adams night. Those soundtrack songs are too limiting though. Open up his whole catalog so we can hear some classics like “Cuts Like A Knife”, “Run To You”, “The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You” and (ugh) “Summer of 69″.

    Plus they could do “When You’re Gone” in the group song.

  • janine

    Every time there’s a Bruce Campbell movie I don’t know about, it upsets me.

  • dyfl

    Hands up if you wanna see Quentin cast Bryan Adams in something? Tell me he couldn’t make magic with that craggy-ass face! Maybe a Bryan Adams / Seal team-up. Give Adams some of that Pam Grier mojo, Quentin!

  • Maura Johnston

    @dyfl: wow, that would be awesome. yes.

  • musicquizking

    I can’t wait till they do an all Max Martin night!

  • Lucas Jensen

    What about a Kenny Loggins night?!

  • Anonymous

    I was really hoping for an all-songs-from-Valley-Girl night.

  • Chris Molanphy

    As best as I can tell (I’d need to do a deep search in a Billboard book to confirm), Bryan Adams is the only act in the history of the charts whose entire output of No. 1 hits are from movies (and who topped the chart more than once, obviously). Not even Kenny “Soundtrack King” Loggins has that distinction.

    Adams scored four U.S. No. 1 hits. The first one, “Heaven,” was first recorded for the 1983 movie A Night in Heaven and then rereleased on the 1984 album Reckless. (In a further delay, the song wasn’t tapped until that album’s third single and topped the chart in the summer of ’85.)

    The other three were all either featured on Idol last night or mentioned in your post above: that unkillable Robin Hood song, that even more horrible Three Musketeers song, and that forgettable, does-this-thing-even-have-a-hook Don Juan DeMarco song.

    For my money, “Heaven” is the only good one in the bunch. Natch, it’s also the only one that took years to catch on, unlike the other three, which were all massive and inescapable on impact.

  • Thierry

    I was a little amazed to discover that Adams has had 11 Top 10 and 22 Top 40 singles in the U.S. That’s quite a run, and the numbers compare favourably to those of both John Mellencamp – 10 and 21 – and Bruce Springsteen – 12 and 19.