Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves  

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"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" is a 1985 song recorded as a duet by the British pop duo Eurythmics and American soul/R&B singer Aretha Franklin. It was released as a single by RCA Records in October 1985, and was featured on both Eurythmics' Be Yourself Tonight and Franklin's Who's Zoomin' Who? albums.

The song was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.



"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" is considered to be a modern feminist anthem and was written both by Eurythmics' Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. They had originally intended to duet with Tina Turner, who was unavailable at the time and so the duo approached Aretha Franklin instead.

The song was highly successful, reaching #9 on the UK Singles Chart and #18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.

The track also features three of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers; Stan Lynch on drums, Benmont Tench on organ, and Mike Campbell on lead guitar, plus session bassist Nathan East.

Music video

This music video was taped at Detroit's Music Hall. The video is interspersed with clips from old black and white films, including 1962's A Kind of Loving. The video uses the single version of the song, as opposed to the album version.

Track listings


  • A: "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" (7" Version) - 4:35
  • B: "I Love You Like A Ball And Chain" (LP Version) - 4:08


  • A1: "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" (LP Version) - 5:54
  • B1: "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" (ET Mix) - 7:53
  • B2: "I Love You Like A Ball And Chain" (LP Version) - 4:08

Cover versions


  • Annie Lennox – vocals, keyboards
  • David A. Stewart – guitars, keyboards
Additional personnel

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