I Thought It Was You (song)

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For details of the Herbie Hancock song "I Thought It Was You", see Sunlight (album).
"I Thought It Was You"
Single by Doug Stone
from the album I Thought It Was You
B-side "(For Every Inch I've Laughed) I've Cried a Mile"[1]
Released July 8, 1991
Format CD single, 7" single
Genre Country
Length 3:27
Label Epic 73895
Writer(s) Gary Harrison
Tim Mensy[2]
Producer(s) Doug Johnson[2]
Doug Stone singles chronology
"In a Different Light"
"I Thought It Was You"
"A Jukebox with a Country Song"

"I Thought It Was You" is a song written by Tim Mensy and Gary Harrison, and recorded by American country music singer Doug Stone. It was released in July 1991 as the first single and title track from his album of the same name. It was a number 4 country hit for him in the United States, and a number 1 in Canada.


"I Thought It Was You" is a mid-tempo ballad in which the male narrator mistakes other people that he sees for his former lover. Each time, he says, "I thought it was you" of the mistaken identity. He elaborates on this line in the chorus with the line "I hear there's one special love in each life, and I must look like a fool / I thought it was you."

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 29
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 43
Preceded by
"Rodeo" by Garth Brooks
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
November 2, 1991
Succeeded by
"Keep It Between the Lines" by Ricky Van Shelton


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 405. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian. "I Thought It Was You". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 2, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Doug Stone Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Doug Stone.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 

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