You Needed Me

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"You Needed Me"
Single by Anne Murray
from the album Let's Keep It That Way
B-side "I Still Wish the Very Best for You"
Released May 1978
Recorded January 1978
Genre Country pop, adult contemporary
Length 3:37
Label Capitol 4574
Writer(s) Randy Goodrum
Producer(s) Jim Ed Norman
Anne Murray singles chronology
"Walk Right Back"
"You Needed Me"
"Hey, Daddy"

"You Needed Me" is a song written by Randy Goodrum, who describes it as being about "unconditional undeserved love."[1] It was a number one single in the United States in 1978 for Canadian singer Anne Murray. The song, included on her 1978 album Let's Keep It That Way, was also a top-five country single and won Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music awards. Although the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (and is her only song to top that chart), it never topped the two Billboard charts where Murray has had the most success -- Country and Adult Contemporary. The song earned Murray the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 21st Grammy Awards,[2] the first to be awarded to a Canadian artist.

Anne Murray re-recorded the song with Shania Twain for Murray's 2007 album Duets: Friends & Legends.

The song was featured in an ongoing storyline on the CBS soap Guiding Light in 1980-81, as a theme song for the characters Kelly Nelson and Morgan Richards.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
Preceded by
"I Believe in You"
by Mel Tillis
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 5, 1978
Succeeded by
by Bob Murphy & Big Buffalo
Preceded by
"Hot Child in the City"
by Nick Gilder
Billboard Hot 100
number one single

November 4, 1978
Succeeded by
"MacArthur Park"
by Donna Summer

Boyzone cover version[edit]

"You Needed Me"
Single by Boyzone
from the album By Request
B-side "Words Can't Describe"
Released May 10, 1999
Format CD single, Cassette
Recorded London, England
Genre Pop
Length 3:27
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Randy Goodrum
Producer(s) Steve Mac
Boyzone singles chronology
"When the Going Gets Tough"
"You Needed Me"
"Everyday I Love You"

"You Needed Me" became the second single for Irish Boyband Boyzone from their album By Request. The single became number No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart,[3] beating the debut solo single of Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, outselling her by just 700 copies.[citation needed] The song has received a silver disc for shipping 200,000 copies in the UK.[4]


  1. "You Needed Me"
  2. "Words Can't Describe"
  3. "Megamix: Love To Infinity"
CD2 (In Limited Edition Digipak)
  1. "You Needed Me"
  2. "You Needed Me" (Jewels & Stone Remix)
  3. "Too Late Tonight"
  4. "You Needed Me" (Video)


Chart (1999) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 38
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[5] 22
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 16
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[6] 6
German Singles Chart[7] 36
Irish Singles Chart[8] 2
Japanese Singles Chart[9] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[5] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[5] 15
Swedish Singles Chart[5] 21
Swiss Singles Chart[5] 29
UK Singles Chart[10] 1


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Preceded by
"I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys
UK Singles Chart Number-one single
May 16, 1999 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Sweet like Chocolate" by Shanks & Bigfoot
Preceded by
"Livin' la Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin
New Zealand Singles Chart
June 27, 1999 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Cold" by Deep Obsession

Other cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ "You Needed Me by Anne Murray Songfacts". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Past Winners Search |". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 633. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "British certifications – You Needed Me". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter You Needed Me in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Click Go
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Steffen Hung. "Boyzone - You Needed Me". Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  6. ^ Billboard - Google Books. 1999-06-05. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  7. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet". Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  8. ^ "Irish charts". Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  9. ^ Oricon Singles Chart Oricon Singles Chart (Retrieved 2 November 2012)
  10. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved November 23, 2008)
  11. ^ "British single certifications – Boyzone – You Needed Me". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter You Needed Me in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go

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