I Knew I Loved You

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"I Knew I Loved You"
Single by Savage Garden
from the album Affirmation
Released 28 September 1999 (1999-09-28)
Format CD single, Cassette
Recorded 1999
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length 4:10
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Daniel Jones, Darren Hayes
Producer(s) Daniel Jones, Darren Hayes, Walter Afanasieff
Savage Garden singles chronology
"The Animal Song"
"I Knew I Loved You"
"Crash and Burn"
Music video
"I Knew I Loved You" on YouTube

"I Knew I Loved You" is a song by Australian pop duo Savage Garden, released as the second single from their second studio album, Affirmation. The song went straight to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's second number one in the United States after "Truly Madly Deeply". After its third week at number one, the single was knocked off by Mariah Carey's "Thank God I Found You" featuring Joe and 98 Degrees. It later returned to the top again the following week for its fourth and final week at the top.

It was the last song by an Australian artist to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for over 12 years until Gotye peaked at number one with his single "Somebody That I Used to Know" (featuring Kimbra) in 2012.

The music video featured then-teen actress Kirsten Dunst as Darren Hayes' love interest and received a heavy rotation on MTV.

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed by director Kevin Bray in August 1999 on a New York City Subway set that had previously been used on the sitcom Seinfeld.[1] It features Hayes playing out a romantic plot on a subway train, with a female passenger (played by American actress Kirsten Dunst) as the object of his affections. At one point, the train comes to a stop due to a power outage (at 2:24); red emergency lighting comes on and everyone in the carriage joins hands. Hayes, who is sitting opposite his aforementioned love interest, extends his hand to her. As they touch, the video cuts to a montage of the couple walking through a park, bathed in sunlight, laughing and holding hands. The video then cuts back to the carriage as the power comes back on and the train pulls into the station. Hayes and the woman exit with the other passengers, and share a fleeting glance before going their separate ways. Shots of the band performing alone on the subway platform and in the carriage are interspersed throughout the video.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK
  1. "I Knew I Loved You" – 4:12
  2. "I Knew I Loved You" (acoustic version) – 4:08
  3. "Mine (And You Could Be)" – 4:29
  1. "I Knew I Loved You" (radio version) – 3:49
  2. "I Knew I Loved You" (club mix) – 8:26
  3. "Universe" – 4:20
  1. "I Knew I Loved You" – 4:12
  2. "I Knew I Loved You" (acoustic version) – 4:08
  • America
  1. "I Knew I Loved You" – 4:12
  2. "I Knew I Loved You" (7" Mini-Me Remix) – 4:17
  • Australia
  1. "I Knew I Loved You" – 4:12
  2. "I Knew I Loved You" (acoustic version) – 4:08
  • Japan
  1. "I Knew I Loved You" – 4:12
  2. "I Knew I Loved You" (radio version) – 3:49
  3. "I Knew I Loved You" (acoustic version) – 4:08
Double A-side
  1. "Last Christmas" – 4:48
  2. "I Knew I Loved You" – 4:12
  • Europe
  1. "I Knew I Loved You" – 4:12
  2. "I Knew I Loved You" (radio version) – 3:49
  1. "I Knew I Loved You" – 4:12
  2. "I Knew I Loved You" (extended instrumental version) – 5:06
  3. "I Knew I Loved You" (Daniel's Remix) – 4:19
  4. "Mine (And You Could Be)" – 4:29


The song was a huge success in the United States, on the Billboard Hot 100, where it spent four weeks at the top, and an eventual 124 weeks on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart,[2] breaking the record for 123 weeks set by another of the duo's songs, "Truly Madly Deeply" (which, in terms of sales and later time spent on the Recurrents chart, is still the #1 AC song of all time). It ranked #21 in the All Time Adult Contemporary Chart. The song was also certified Platinum by the RIAA and became the highest-played song on US radio of 2000.

Weekly charts[edit]

Charts (1999–2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 36
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[5] 9
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1
France (SNEP)[6] 43
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 34
Ireland (IRMA) 18
Italy (FIMI)[8] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 54
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 34
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 10
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 1
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
US Billboard Adult Top 40 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
Australia (ARIA)[15] 27
Chart (2000) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7

Decade-end charts[edit]

End-of-decade chart (1990-1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 54
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[16] 1

All-time charts[edit]

Chart Position
US Billboard Adult Contemporary [17] 21

Cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]


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