“Reason to Believe” is a song written, composed, and first recorded by American folk singer Tim Hardin in 1965. It has since been recorded by artists including the Carpenters in 1970 and Rod Stewart in 1971 and 1993.
Rod Stewart’s version appeared on his 1971 album Every Picture Tells a Story. It was the first single from the album with “Maggie May” as the B-side. “Reason to Believe” reached No. 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 on its own before the more popular B-side overtook it on its way to No. 1 on the chart. The Hot 100 listed “Reason To Believe” as the flip side for the remaining 16 weeks of that run.
A live version was released in 1993 on the album Unplugged…and Seated. Released as the second single from the album, it reached No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 1993 single includes a live version of “It’s All Over Now”, which was recorded during the MTV Unplugged performance but does not appear on the album.
Altogether, the two versions of “Reason to Believe” logged a total of 41 weeks on the Hot 100, more than any other Rod Stewart song.