I Don't Need a Man

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"I Don't Need a Man"
Single by The Pussycat Dolls
from the album PCD
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:40
The Pussycat Dolls singles chronology
  • "I Don't Need a Man"
  • (2006)

"I Don't Need a Man" is a song recorded by American girl group The Pussycat Dolls from their debut studio album, PCD (2005). The song was written by Nicole Scherzinger, Rich Harrison, Kara DioGuardi and Vanessa Brown while it was produced by Harrison with additional production by Ron Fair. Cosmopolitan listed the song at number 2 on the magazine's "Best Breakup Songs".[1]


The song is co-written by lead singer Nicole Scherzinger, producer Rich Harrison and professional songwriter Kara DioGuardi. Scherzinger's previous group, Eden's Crush, had recorded one song by DioGuardi. Scherzinger and DioGuardi also co-wrote the PCD bonus track "Flirt". "I Don't Need a Man" is produced by Rich Harrison and co-produced by Ron Fair. The official instrumental version of this song, that is featured on the CD single, contains some other samples than the album version. The single's B-side is a cover version of "We Went as Far as We Felt Like Going", written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan. This was a 1975 single for Labelle and a follow-up to their previous hit "Lady Marmalade" (also on their album Phoenix). The Pussycat Dolls' version first appeared in September 2004 on the soundtrack to the animated film Shark Tale. An extended playI Don't Need a Man EP—was released digitally on June 19, 2007 in North America.[2]


Stephen Thomas Erlewine likened the song to the style of Beyoncé.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"I Don't Need A Man" became a moderate hit worldwide reaching the top ten in several countries whilst making the top five in others. "I Don't Need a Man" debuted and peaked at number-six in Australia and was certified Gold by ARIA for sales in excess of 35,000. "I Don't Need a Man" was ranked at number fifty-five on the Australian ARIA Year-End Singles Chart for 2006.[4] "I Don't Need A Man" performed similarly well in New Zealand, peaking at number-seven on the New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart, but this ended the group's string of consecutive number-one hits.[5] The song also performed well in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart, breaking the group's string of top three hits in Britain. "I Don't Need A Man" has also performed slightly weaker in Germany where it reached number twenty. "I Don't Need A Man" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number ninety-three in the issue dated May 12, 2007.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "I Don't Need a Man" was directed by Chris Applebaum and was first announced and described by group member Ashley Roberts in a blog entry on their official website.[6]

On August 25, 2006, the music video premiered on The Box in the UK, and on September 14, it premiered on MuchOnDemand in Canada. The video took the number one spot on MMMTop10.com multiple times. It reached number nine on MTV's Total Request Live and number one for 3 week on the MTV Asia Chart Attack. The video was uploaded to the iTunes Store on April 18, 2007.

The first verse begins with Roberts doing her nails dressed in white clothing. The video features Nicole Scherzinger singing, Carmit Bachar doing her hair and Jessica Sutta having a shower as they prepare to go out. In the chorus, the Dolls mimic a hair salon scene. During the second verse, the video shows Kimberly Wyatt in a bath getting ready to go out, Melody Thornton putting on her make-up and Scherzinger singing. In the second chorus, it shows the Dolls performing a dance routine before breaking into different slides of the Dolls dancing separately. Following this, it shows Scherzinger and Thornton singing "Let it Go", a bridge in the middle of the song but actually Scherzinger is singing to Bachar's vocals. This then breaks to more dance clips of the Dolls with Scherzinger singing. The video concludes with the Dolls performing another dance routine against a black background in the final chorus before confetti falls down.

To stay true to the Dolls live show routines, the video features the silhouette of bodies before the second verse of the song. The main background color for the song is pink, contributing to the girly theme. There are two versions of the video: one full-version and the other which edits dance routines with clips/frames previously shown in the video. The video of the single "Zgodna Mlada" of the duet Trik FX is a copy of the "I Don't Need a Man" video.[7]

Formats and track listings[edit]

European maxi CD
  1. "I Don't Need a Man" (album version) – 3:39
  2. "I Don't Need a Man" (instrumental) – 3:39
  3. "We Went as Far as We Felt Like Going" – 3:50
  4. "I Don't Need a Man" (video) – 3:39
UK single
  1. "I Don't Need a Man" (album version) – 3:39
  2. "We Went as Far as We Felt Like Going" – 3:50


Chart (2006–07) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 6
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[9] 19
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[11] 8
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[12] 62
Denmark (Tracklisten)[13] 32
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[14] 34
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[15] 17
France (SNEP)[16] 12
Germany (Media Control Charts)[17] 20
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[18] 7
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[19] 12
Ireland (IRMA)[20] 9
Italy (FIMI)[21] 13
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[22] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[23] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[24] 7
Poland (Airplay Chart)[25] 3
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[26] 16
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[27] 27
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[28] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[29] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[30] 93

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Position
Australian Singles Chart[31] 55
UK Singles Chart[32] 138


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