I'm Alive (The Hollies song)

"I'm Alive" is a 1965 number-one UK hit single by The Hollies,[3] written for them by American songwriter Clint Ballard Jr.[2] However they originally passed the song over to another Manchester band, the Toggery Five, before changing their minds and recording the song, which became their first No 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart. It spent three weeks at number one in the UK and was also a No 1 hit in Ireland.[4] The song was released as a single in the US, entering the Cash Box singles chart on July 17, 1965, and peaking at No.84 week of August 14, 1965;[5] it also appears on the US version of the 1965 Hollies album, Hear! Here!.

"I'm Alive"
Single by The Hollies
B-side"You Know He Did" (L. Ransford)
ReleasedUK: 21 May 1965
US: June 1965
Format7" single
Recorded5 May 1965
Abbey Road Studios[1]
GenrePop rock
LabelUK: Parlophone R5287[2]
US: Imperial 66119
Songwriter(s)Clint Ballard, Jr.[2]
Producer(s)Ron Richards[2]
The Hollies singles chronology
"Yes I Will"
"I'm Alive"
"Look Through Any Window"

Syndicate of Sound covered this song on their only album Little Girl in 1966.

The song was covered by Gamma in 1979 on their debut album, Gamma 1.

In 1983 the Hi-NRG group American Fade also covered the song which is listed on HotDiscoMix's Hi-NRG Top 200 — Hits of the 80's.[6]


Chart (1965) Peak
West Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 10
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 6
South Africa (Springbok)[11] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 1


  1. The 30th Anniversary Collection (CD). The Hollies. EMI Records. 1993. D 202205.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 93. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  3. "Hollies information page". Hollies.co.uk. 1965-09-01. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  4. Archived January 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. "Cash Box Top Singles - 1965". Retrieved 2016-12-26.
  6. "hotdiscomix :: Dance Music Report :: Hi-NRG Top 200 of the 80's". www.hotdiscomix.de. Retrieved 2015-10-13.
  7. "Offiziellecharts.de – Hollies, The – I'm Alive". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  8. "The Irish Charts – Search Results – I'm Alive". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  9. "Dutchcharts.nl – The Hollies – I'm Alive" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  10. "Norwegiancharts.com – The Hollies – I'm Alive". VG-lista.
  11. "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  12. "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.

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