Il y a trop de gens qui t'aiment

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"Il y a trop de gens qui t'aiment"
Single by Hélène Ségara
from the album Au Nom d'une Femme
B-side "Mrs Jones"
Released November 1999
Format CD single,
digital download (since 2005)
Recorded France, 1999
Genre Pop
Length 4:25
Label East West, Warner Music
Writer(s) Thierry Geoffroy, Christian Vié
Producer(s) Michel Coeuriot
Certification Platinum France, 2000
Hélène Ségara singles chronology
"Les Vallées d'Irlande"
(1998)
"Il y a trop de gens qui t'aiment"
(1999)
"Elle, tu l'aimes..."
(2000)
Music sample

"Il y a trop de gens qui t'aiment" is the name of a 1999 song recorded by French artist Hélène Ségara. It was the first single from her second studio album, Au Nom d'une Femme, on which it features as first track. Released in November 1999, the song became a hit in Belgium (Wallonia) and France, topping the singles charts.

Music and lyrics[edit]

The song was written by Christian Vié and the music composed by Thierry Geoffroy.

This ballad deals with a love that is not shared: indeed, in the lyrics, Ségara observes the man she loves, and describes his actions, but as he is surrounded by many other people, he does not pay attention to her. The text "contrasts the coldness of the remoteness of the person loved and the narrator's thwarted love".[1]

The song is characterized by a "stripped orchestration" and a "romantic monotony in the repetitive chords" played on piano.[1] In the refrain, Ségara sings in the high notes, accompanied by strings, expressing her suffering. The song ends with a solo played on violin that seems to express the singer's resignation.

Performances and cover versions[edit]

Ségara sang twice "Il y a trop de gens qui t'aiment" during her first tour named Au Nom d'une Femme. The live version is included on her album En concert à l'Olympia, which also contains a version in Spanish-language, under the title "Yo lo siento per mi", written by Nilda Fernandez. The song was also part of many French compilations, such as Hits de diamant, released in 2007.[2]

In 2002, the song was covered by Roch Voisine, Muriel Robin and Patrick Fiori for Les Enfoirés's album 2002: Tous dans le même bateau, as 13th track in a 3:44 version.[3]

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the song appeared on the singles chart at number 41 on November 13, 1999, then climbed to number 18, but was first unable to reach the first positions. It managed to enter the top ten it its ninth week and finally top the chart for two not consecutive weeks, in its 12th and 15th weeks. Then it dropped slowly on the chart, totaling 14 weeks in the top ten, 32 weeks in the top 50 and 36 weeks in the top 100.[4] It was certified Platinum by the SNEP[5] and was the 15th best-selling singles of 2000.[6] According to Infodisc website, the song is the 441st best-selling single of all time in France.[7]

In Belgium (Wallonia), the single was very successful too. It entered at number 38 on December 4, 1999, reached the top ten in its sixth week and topped the chart for seven weeks. After that, it dropped rather quickly, after 12 weeks in the top ten and 23 weeks on the chart (top 40).[8] It was ranked number nine on the 2000 Annual Chart.[9]

Track listing[edit]

CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Il y a trop de gens qui t'aiment"   4:25
2. "Mrs Jones"   3:30
Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Il y a trop de gens qui t'aiment"   4:25
2. "Il y a trop de gens qui t'aiment" (Live at the Olympia) 4:50

Personnel[edit]

Charts and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France Platinum[5] 29 June 2000 500,000 565,000[10]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Move Your Body" by Eiffel 65
French SNEP number-one single (first run)
January 29, 2000 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Move Your Body" by Eiffel 65
Preceded by
"Parce que c'est toi" by Axelle Red
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
February 5, 2000 - March 18, 2000 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Pure Shores" by All Saints
Preceded by
"Move Your Body" by Eiffel 65
French SNEP number-one single (second run)
February 19, 2000 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Sex Bomb" by Tom Jones and Mousse T.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Habib, Elia (2002). Muz hit.tubes (in French). Alinéa Bis. pp. 487–88. ISBN 2-9518832-0-X. 
  2. ^ "Hits de diamant, track listing" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "2002: Tous dans le même bateau, track listing and charts" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  4. ^ a b ""Il y a trop de gens qui t'aiment", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Certifications Singles Platine - année 2000" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "2000 French Singles Chart" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Best-selling singles of all time in France" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  8. ^ a b ""Il y a trop de gens qui t'aiment", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "2000 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  10. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973, database" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 

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