I'll Stand by You is a 1994 song recorded by The Pretenders from their sixth studio album, Last of the Independents. It was written by lead singer Chrissie Hynde in collaboration with the songwriting team of Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg (who used the melody from Johann Sebastian Bach's Minuet for Lovers), it was the Pretenders' last successful single in North America.
Fifth Harmony performed this song on Week 4 (Thanks Week) on The X Factor. However, this performance marked their lowest rank on show, earning them seventh place.
This song was a hit in 2004 for the British girl group Girls Aloud. All proceeds from the sale of the song went to the charity Children In Need.
Country singer Carrie Underwood had a hit with this song in 2007 when she performed it at American Idol's first Idol Gives Back charity special. It debuted at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and all proceeds from the sale of the song went to charity.
In the wake of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, season 12 American Idol contestant and Boston native Angie Miller dedicated this song to the city and those affected by the bombings on the April 17, 2013 episode of American Idol.