I’m Alright – Kenny Loggins | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#7); 1980

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

By the dawn of the 1980’s, Hollywood and record labels fully realized the money making potential that existed in coupling film and popular music. And Kenny Loggins was the right artist with the right stuff at the right time. In 1980 he hitched his star to Caddyshack, starring Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, and one very funny gopher. Caddyshack became a cultural phenomenon with Kenny’s songs riding the wave all the way to the bank. In addition, I’m Alright – from the soundtrack – launched a string of Kenny Loggin’s film favs from movies such as Footloose and Top Gun. For the multi-talented musician, the ultra-success of his movie soundtrack singles was a mixed blessing. The hits brought record sales and writer royalties, while Kenny’s non-Hollywood recording career waned. On the other hand, Kenny’s movie music made him a permanent part of 20th century pop culture. (Trivia note: Listen for Eddie Money singing background vocals on I’m Alright.)

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Kenny Loggins
  • Bruce Botnick

Lyrics Written by:

  • Kenny Loggins


  • “I’m Alright” earned Loggins the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1981