I Need a Man (Eurythmics song)

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"I Need a Man"
Single by Eurythmics
from the album Savage
Released March 1988
Format 7", 12", cassette single
Recorded May 1987
Genre Pop rock, electronic rock
Label RCA
Producer(s) David A. Stewart
Eurythmics singles chronology
"Shame"
(1987)
"I Need a Man"
(1988)
"You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart"
(1988)
Music video
"I Need a Man" on YouTube

"I Need a Man" is a song recorded by British pop music duo Eurythmics. It was written by band members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart and produced by Stewart. Taken from their album Savage, the song was released as the third single in the UK and the first single in the United States.

The track is a pop/rock number with aggressive, commanding vocal work from Lennox, who lyrically explains all of the things she does not want in a man ("...and he don't wear a dress!"). The music video was the second part of a series directed by Sophie Muller. Part one, for the song "Beethoven (I Love to Listen to)", ended with Lennox's character leaving her home after transforming herself from a dowdy housewife into a disco vixen (a la Marilyn Monroe). Here, the character ends up performing "I Need a Man" in a dimly-lit nightclub.

"I Need a Man" climbed to number twenty-six in the UK singles chart. The first single released from Savage in the U.S., the song peaked at number forty-six on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was paired as a double A-side with "Beethoven" on the American 12 inch single and hit number six on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Track listings[edit]

7":RCA (UK, GER, AUS)[edit]

  1. "I Need A Man" (LP Version) – 4:23
  2. "I Need You" (LP Version) – 3:22

7":RCA (CAN, US)[edit]

  1. "I Need A Man" (7" Edit) – 4:06
  2. "Heaven" (LP Version) – 3:27

10":RCA (UK)[edit]

  1. "I Need A Man" (Live Version)* – 4:35
  2. "I Need A Man" (LP Version) – 4:23
  3. "I Need You" (LP Version) – 3:22
  • live version was recorded at Corbin Hall, 1988

12":RCA (UK, GER, AUS)[edit]

  1. "I Need A Man" (Macho Mix) – 6:01
  2. "I Need A Man" (LP Version) – 4:23
  3. "I Need You" (LP Version) – 3:22

12":RCA (US)[edit]

  1. "I Need A Man" (Macho Mix) – 6:01
  2. "I Need A Man" (7" Edit) – 4:06
  3. "Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)" (Dance Mix) – 4:42
  4. "Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)" (7" Edit) – 3:47

CD Single:RCA (UK)[edit]

  1. "I Need A Man" (LP Version) – 4:23
  2. "Missionary Man" (Live Version)* – 5:18
  3. "I Need You" (LP Version) – 3:52
  4. "I Need A Man" (Macho Mix) – 6:01
  • live version was recorded in Sydney, 1987

Promo CD Single:RCA (US)[edit]

  1. "I Need A Man" (7" Edit) – 4:06

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 23
Canadian Singles Chart[1] 14
Irish Singles Chart[2] 23
New Zealand Singles Chart[3] 19
UK Singles Chart[4] 26
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 46
U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[6] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[7] 13
U.S. Billboard Maintstream Rock Chart[7] 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  2. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group - http://www.fireballmedia.ie. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - I Need A Man". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  4. ^ "Eurythmics - I Need A Man". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  5. ^ "Eurythmics Album & Song Chart History | Billboard.com". billboard.com. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Eurythmics Album & Song Chart History | Billboard.com". billboard.com. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Eurythmics at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-09.

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