The Boston Globe called All of Me the essential track from John Legend’s fourth album, Love in the Future. It was not only that, but the singer-songwriter’s first truly huge world-wide hit, with over 12 million copies sold. Billboard attributed the song’s success to its stripped-down character, explaining that “All of Me is just Legend’s voice and piano, a dead-simple ballad […], but not the kind of thing you hear on the radio much these days.” Nowtoronto and The Guardian praised the lead vocal, the former stating that it “shines”, while the later noting that it is “excellent throughout [the album] and comes to the fore on ballads such as All of Me.”
The main inspirations behind the hit seem to be Billy Joel’s She’s Always a Woman and Legend’s relationship with his wife, model Chrissy Teigen. According to the singer, both were suggested by one of his managers: “She’s an old friend of mine and she said I should write a song with a similar message as Billy Joel’s She’s Always a Woman. She knew my relationship with my then-future wife, so she thought I should write a song like that to Chrissy.”
A live rendition of the song was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at its 57th annual edition, but lost to Pharrell Williams’ Happy.
All of Me spent 3 consecutive weeks at number one in Billboard Top 100 before being dethroned by Iggy Azalea’s Fancy (featuring Charli XCX).