Song written by Chrissie Hynde, Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg.
The song was recorded in 1994 by the Pretenders on their sixth studio album, 'Last of the Independents'. The song is a ballad that pledges love and faithful assistance in times of personal darkness. It was released as a single in 1994 and reached number sixteen on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 in the UK chart.
Since its initial release, 'I'll Stand by You' has also become a major hit for Girls Aloud in 2004 and Carrie Underwood in 2007, both times recorded as a charity single.
Kim Wilde version
Kim Wilde sang this song live during her concerts in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The first time was on April 23, 2008, during the wedding of Marcel Rijs, in an acoustic version with guitar by Ricky Wilde and Martin Zandstra. The second time was two days later during a live concert in Estonia, backed by her band. It has been a live favourite during Kim's concerts since then.
In 2011, Kim recorded the track in the studio during sessions for the album Snapshots. The track was released as part of a download bundle on iTunes only.