You Don't Know My Name

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"You Don't Know My Name"
Single by Alicia Keys
from the album The Diary of Alicia Keys
B-side "Diary"
Released November 18, 2003
Format CD single, 12" single, digital download
Recorded 2003; Kampo Studios, Quad Recording Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 6:06 (album version)
4:28 (radio edit)
Label J
Writer(s) Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Harold Lilly, J. R. Bailey, Mel Kent, Ken Williams
Producer(s) Kanye West, Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys singles chronology
"Girlfriend"
(2002)
"You Don't Know My Name"
(2003)
"If I Ain't Got You"
(2004)
Music video
"You Don't Know My Name" on YouTube

"You Don't Know My Name" is a song by American recording artist Alicia Keys from her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys. Written by Keys, Kanye West and Harold Lilly, and produced by Keys and West, the track was released as the album's lead single in November 2003, and contains a sample from the 1975 song "Let Me Prove My Love to You", written by J. R. Bailey, Mel Kent, and Ken Williams and performed by The Main Ingredient.

The song became Keys' third top ten hit in the United States, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as topping the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for eight consecutive weeks, her first Top 10 single in both charts since 2002's "A Woman's Worth". Additionally, the song won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 2005 and a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Female in 2004. "You Don't Know My Name" was sampled on Lil Wayne's 2008 song "Comfortable" featuring Babyface. Blender magazine placed the song at number thirty-seven on its list of "The 100 Best Songs of 2004".[1]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Chris Robinson, the music video follows Keys working as a waitress at a café. One day, Keys meets a man (played by Mos Def) in the café, and she falls in love with him. Later in the video, Keys imagines getting the courage to call him and to tell him about her feelings. However, at the end of the movie, she remembers his order but there is no other recognition and the scene ends with his card still being in the bowl and Keys staring out the window since she will never be able to reveal her true feelings for the man.

Track listings and formats[edit]

  • European CD single[2]
  1. "You Don't Know My Name" — 5:28
  2. "Diary" (featuring Tony! Toni! Toné!) — 4:45
  • European maxi single[3]
  1. "You Don't Know My Name" — 5:28
  2. "Diary" (featuring Tony! Toni! Toné!) — 4:45
  3. "You Don't Know My Name" (Instrumental) — 4:28
  • Enhanced CD single[4]
  1. "You Don't Know My Name" — 4:20
  2. "Fallin'" (Ali soundtrack version) — 4:30
  3. "Butterflyz" (Roger's Release Mix) — 3:54
  4. "You Don't Know My Name" (video)
  • U.S. 12" single[5]
    • A1 "You Don't Know My Name" (radio mix) — 4:28
    • A2 "You Don't Know My Name" (instrumental) — 4:28
    • B1 "You Don't Know My Name" (album mix) — 6:08
    • B2 "You Don't Know My Name" (a cappella) — 4:26
  • U.S. 12" single (Remixes)[6]
    • A1 "You Don't Know My Name" (HeartBeat Remix featuring T-Rex) — 3:54
    • A2 "You Don't Know My Name" (G-Mix featuring Fabolous) — 3:42
    • B1 "You Don't Know My Name" (Roc-A-Fella Remix featuring Freeway) — 4:21
    • B2 "You Don't Know My Name" (Smooth) — 3:13
    • B3 "You Don't Know My Name" (Reggae Mix) — 3:00
  • European 12" single[7]
    • A1 "You Don't Know My Name" (radio edit) — 3:07
    • A2 "Fallin'" (Ali soundtrack version) — 6:08
    • B1 "You Don't Know My Name" (instrumental version) — 4:27

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Step in the Name of Love" by R. Kelly
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
December 20, 2003 – February 14, 2004
Succeeded by
"Slow Jamz" by Twista feat Kanye West & Jamie Foxx

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2004". Blender. Alpha Media Group Inc. November 23, 2004. Retrieved May 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  5. ^ Alicia Keys- "You Don't Know My Name" single @Discogs.com Retrieved 2-19-2011.
  6. ^ "Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name (Remixes) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  7. ^ "Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Alicia Keys – You Don't Know My Name". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Chart Data: Alicia Keys". mariah-charts.com. Retrieved January 20, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Musicline.de – Chartverfolgung – Alicia Keys – You Don't Know My Name". Media Control (in German). PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Irish Top 50 Singles, Week Ending 1 January 2004". Irish Recorded Music Association. Chart-Track. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Top 40". Top40.nl. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  13. ^ "Chart Stats – Alicia Keys – You Don't Know My Name". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "The Diary of Alicia Keys – Alicia Keys – Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 20, 2008. 
  15. ^ "2004 Year End Charts – The Billboard Hot 100 Singles & Tracks". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 25, 2004. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  16. ^ "2004 Year End Charts – Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 25, 2004. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Decade End Charts – R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Crazy in Love
Grammy Award for Best R&B Song
2005
Succeeded by
We Belong Together