You Belong to Me (Carly Simon song)

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"You Belong to Me"
Single by Carly Simon
from the album Boys in the Trees
B-side "In a Small Moment"
Released September 1978 (U.S.)
Format 7" single
Genre Jazz fusion, soft rock, blue-eyed soul
Length 3:52
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Carly Simon, Michael McDonald
Producer(s) Arif Mardin
Carly Simon singles chronology
"Nobody Does It Better"
"You Belong to Me"
"Devoted to You"

"You Belong to Me" is a song written by American singer-songwriters Carly Simon and Michael McDonald. Originally recorded by McDonald's rock group The Doobie Brothers for their seventh studio album, Livin' on the Fault Line (1977), the song was made famous by Simon herself when recorded for her seventh studio album, Boys in the Trees (1978). Released as the album's lead single, her version reached the top ten of the Pop Singles chart in late June 1978, and went on to receive a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.[1] A live version of the song from The Doobie Brothers' 1983 album Farewell Tour would later chart on the Pop Singles chart at #79 in early August 1983.

Simon's version has been featured on the soundtracks to the romantic comedy films Desperately Seeking Susan(1985),[2] and Little Black Book (2004).[3]


Artists who have covered "You Belong to Me" include Anita Baker on the 1990 compilation album Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary, and her 1994 album, Rhythm of Love, Jennifer Lopez on her 2002 album This Is Me... Then, and Chaka Khan on her 2007 album Funk This—the latter being a collaboration with Michael McDonald. It was also recorded in Finnish by Finnish singer Maarit for her 1978 album Siivet saan, retitled "Yhteen kuulutaan". Los Hooligans, a traditional ska band from Fresno, California, covered the song on their "Mafioso Ska" CD released in 2006 with lead vocals sung by Randy Young. Simon herself re-recorded the song on her 2009 album Never Been Gone, with guest vocalist John Forté.


Carly Simon version[edit]

Chart (1978)[4] Peak
U.S. Billboard Pop Singles 6
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 4

The Doobie Brothers live version[edit]

Chart (1983)[5] Peak
U.S. Billboard Pop Singles 79


  1. ^ "Awards". Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Desperately Seeking Susan. "Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ Little Black Book. "Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Boys in the Trees > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  5. ^ "Farewell Tour > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 

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