"I'll Stand by You" is a 1994 song recorded by The Pretenders from their sixth studio album, Last of the Independents. Written by Chrissie Hynde in collaboration with the songwriting team of Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg, it was the Pretenders' most recent significant hit single.
The song is a ballad that pledges love and faithful assistance in times of personal darkness.
"I'll Stand by You" was released as the second single from the album Last of the Independents in 1994, and it reached number sixteen on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the top forty on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and number ten in the United Kingdom. It charted higher in the UK and the U.S. than "Night in My Veins", the album's first single.
The "I'll Stand by You" music video was released in 1994 and features Chrissie Hynde caring for an ill man.