Classic Hit Academy – Songs about Being There for Someone - I'll Stand by You – Pretenders

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders wrote this song with the songwriting team that already had huge hits with songs like “True Colors” for Cyndi Lauper, “Alone”by Heart, Like a Virgin for Madonna.

Hynde had set out to write a “hit.” Lyrically influenced by Ben E King’s Stand by Me and with a melody borrowed by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Minuet for Lovers, Hynde was initial embarrassed about writing the unabashed love song. She felt better about the song after Noel Gallagher of Oasis said “he wished he’d written it.”

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