“Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” is the 1985 hit song recorded by British pop duo Eurythmics (Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart) and American singer Aretha Franklin. The track was featured on the Eurythmics “Be Yourself Tonight” album in 1985 and Franklin’s “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” album, which was also released in 1985. The track was written by the Eurythmics and produced by Stewart.
“Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” is a feminist pop song about women’s freedom and power, as well as the strength of women and their lack of need for a man. The Eurythmics originally intended to record the song with Tina Turner, whoever she was unavailable at the time so they approached Franklin in the end.
The music video was uploaded to YouTube in October 2009 on the Eurythmics channel. It features clips of the Eurythmics and Franklin dancing on stage (filmed at Detroit’s Music Hall) to the track while a crowd of women listen to them. The music video also features scenes from black and white films of strong and powerful women. As of late July 2020, the video has 4.6 million views and 28 thousand likes.
Release Date: October 1985
Songwriter/s: Annie Lennox & David A. Stewart
Producer: David A. Stewart
Music Video Release Date: n/a
Music Video Director: n/a
Chart Rankings: In its year of release, “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” charted at #15 in Australia, #28 in Belgium, #33 in Canada, #9 in Finland, #5 in Ireland, #20 in the Netherlands, #6 in New Zealand, #20 in Switzerland, #9 in the UK, #18, #10, #21 and #66 on various US charts.
The lyrics to: “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” can be accessed here: LINK