|Single by Alice Cooper|
|from the album Raise Your Fist and Yell|
|B-side||"Time to Kill"|
|Released|| 1987 (US)|
April 1988 (UK)
|Songwriter(s)||Alice Cooper, Kane Roberts|
|Alice Cooper singles chronology|
"Freedom" is a 1987 single by rock singer Alice Cooper, taken from his seventeenth solo studio album, Raise Your Fist and Yell . It was written by Alice Cooper and Kane Roberts.
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The song was the only single released from Raise Your Fist and Yell. It did not chart in the US when released in late 1987; however, it reached #50 on the UK charts in early 1988. The single's B-side in both countries was the album track "Time to Kill".
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A music video was produced to promote the single.
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|1988||UK Singles Chart||50|
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