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"
Released 1979[1]
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded Armstrong Studios, Melbourne, 1979
Genre New wave[2]
Length 3:24
Label Mushroom Records, Melbourne
Songwriter(s) Neil Finn
Producer(s) David Tickle
Split Enz singles chronology
"I Got You"
"I Hope I Never"
"I Got You"
"I Hope I Never"
Audio sample

"I Got You" is a 1979 song by New Zealand rock group Split Enz from their studio album True Colours. Split Enz's most commercially successful single, "I Got You" was written by Neil Finn and released in late 1979. In 2001 it was 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."[3]

Music video[edit]

The video clip features Neil Finn standing in a room with the other band members performing in a framed picture on the wall behind him.

Chart Positions[edit]

Country Peak position
Australia[4] 1
New Zealand[5] 1
USA[6] 53
UK[7] 12
Canada[8] 13

Track listing[edit]

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


Cover versions[edit]

"I Got You" has been recorded by Vitamin C and The Connells.[9]

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


  1. ^ "I Got You - Discogs". discogs.com. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  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 0-472-03470-7. 
  3. ^ Robertson, Donald (8 February 1980). "45's". Roadrunner. Parkside, SA: 22. 
  4. ^ Kent, David. Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W. (1993). ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "New Zealand Charts". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "All Music Guide". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "UK Chart Stats". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "RPM Canadian Charts". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Tannis Root Presents: Freedom of Choice on Amazon.com

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Preceded by
"Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd
RIANZ Number-one single
14 March 1980 – 28 March 1980 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Little Sister" by Ry Cooder
Preceded by
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
14 April 1980 – 2 June 1980
Succeeded by
"Tired of Toein' the Line" by Rocky Burnette