I Got You (Split Enz song)

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"I Got You"
I Got You Split Enz.jpg
Single by Split Enz
from the album True Colours
B-side"Double Happy"
ReleasedJanuary 21 1980
RecordedNovember 1979[1]
StudioArmstrong Studios, Melbourne
GenreNew wave[2]
LabelMushroom Records, Melbourne
Songwriter(s)Neil Finn
Producer(s)David Tickle
Split Enz singles chronology
"I Got You"
"I Hope I Never"
Audio sample

"I Got You" is a song by New Zealand band Split Enz. Written by Neil Finn, it was released as a single on 21 January 1980 from the band's studio album True Colours.

The song became Split Enz's most commercially successful single, reaching #1 in Australia and New Zealand, and the Top 20 in Britain and Canada. At the 1980 Australian Countdown Australian Music Awards the song won Best Single Record.[3]

By July 1980, it had become the biggest selling single in Australian music history.[4]

In 2001, it was additionally voted 11th best New Zealand song of all time by APRA.


Reviewed in Roadrunner at the time of release, it was said the song, "positively drips with appeal that only philistines could fail to appreciate," and asked readers to buy a copy as, "it deserves to be a hit."[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video features Neil Finn standing in a room singing the song with the other band members performing in a framed picture on the wall behind him. The picture animates when he sings the chorus but goes still when he sings the verses. At the end of the video he is seen in the picture with the band.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Got You" – 3:24
  2. "Double Happy" – 3:15



Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 1
Canada (RPM)[7] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 19
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 1
UK[10] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 53
US Cash Box Top 100[12] 50

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Rank
Australia (Kent Music Report) [13] 1
New Zealand[14] 8
US (Joel Whitburn's Pop Annual)[15] 299

Cover versions[edit]

"I Got You" has been recorded by Vitamin C and The Connells.[16]

Pearl Jam, Marilyn Manson, Something for Kate and Semisonic are among the artists who have played the song live.

Fleetwood Mac also played the song on their 2018-19 tour, An Evening with Fleetwood Mac, where Neil Finn replaced longtime member Lindsey Buckingham. In addition to "I Got You," Finn also performed Crowded House song "Don't Dream It's Over," with Stevie Nicks providing harmonies.

New Zealand band Shihad also released their version in 2020[17]


  1. ^ Billboard (30 January 1982). "Global Productions". Billboard. New York City: Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group.
  2. ^ Cateforis, Theo (2011). Are We Not New Wave? : Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s (PDF). University of Michigan Press. p. 163. ISBN 978-0-472-03470-3.
  3. ^ "Australian Music Awards". Ron Jeff. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Points West" (PDF). Cash Box. 19 July 1980. p. 14. Retrieved 3 December 2021 – via World Radio History.
  5. ^ Robertson, Donald (1980). "45's". Roadrunner. Parkside, SA: 22.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. p. 288. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  7. ^ "RPM Canadian Charts". Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – I Got You". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Split Enz – I Got You". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  10. ^ "The Official Charts Company". Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Split Enz - Chart history". Billboard. 4 October 1980.
  12. ^ (4 October 1980) Cash Box Top 100 Singles
  13. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  14. ^ Official Top 40 Singles
  15. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  16. ^ Tannis Root Presents: Freedom of Choice on Amazon.com
  17. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "I Got You – Shihad (Split Enz Cover) [Lyric Video]". YouTube.