This Is It (Kenny Loggins song)

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"This Is It"
Single by Kenny Loggins
from the album Keep the Fire
B-side"Will It Last"
Released1979
Format7" single
GenreR&B, funk rock, soul
Length3:35
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Kenny Loggins
Michael McDonald
Producer(s)Tom Dowd
Kenny Loggins singles chronology
"Easy Driver"
(1979)
"This Is It"
(1979)
"Keep the Fire"
(1980)
 
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"This Is It"
Single by Kenny Loggins
from the album Keep the Fire
B-side"Will It Last"
Released1979
Format7" single
GenreR&B, funk rock, soul
Length3:35
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Kenny Loggins
Michael McDonald
Producer(s)Tom Dowd
Kenny Loggins singles chronology
"Easy Driver"
(1979)
"This Is It"
(1979)
"Keep the Fire"
(1980)

"This Is It" is a song by American musician Kenny Loggins. It was released in 1979 as the lead single from his 1979 album Keep the Fire. It reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 17 on the Adult Contemporary chart. "This Is It" was also successful on the soul chart, reaching number 19.[1] The song features additional vocals by Michael McDonald, who co-wrote the song with Loggins. The song won a Grammy Award in 1981 for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.

Background and writing[edit]

At one point in the song's evolution, its melody was underway, but the lyrics were incomplete. Loggins moved it forward after a visit to his ailing father, who had undergone a series of surgeries for vascular problems stemming from small strokes and was discouraged at the prospect of another. His perspective on the lyrics then changed: "'I've got it,' I announced to Michael, it's not a love song. It's a life song."[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1979)Peak
position
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)16
Canada Top Singles (RPM)9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[3]26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4]35
U.S. Billboard Hot 10011
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks17
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles19

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