I Need You (America song)

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"I Need You"
I need you - America.jpg
Single by America
from the album America
ReleasedApril 26, 1972
FormatVinyl record
GenrePop rock, soft rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Gerry Beckley
Producer(s)Ian Samwell, Jeff Dexter
America singles chronology
"A Horse with No Name"
"I Need You"
"Ventura Highway"
Audio sample
"I Need You"

"I Need You," released in 1972,[1] is the second single by the band America from their eponymous debut album America. The song was written by Gerry Beckley.

It appears on the live albums Live (1977), In Concert (1985), In Concert (King Biscuit), Horse With No Name - Live! (1995), and The Grand Cayman Concert (2002). The studio version is included on the compilation albums Highway (2000) and The Complete Greatest Hits (2001).

George Martin remixed the studio recording for inclusion on History: America's Greatest Hits (1975). An alternate mix from 1971 appears on the 2015 release Archives, Vol. 1.[2]


(Per back cover of 1972 vinyl issue of America.)


The song was a top ten hit and spent 10 weeks in United States Billboard Hot 100 charts wherein it peaked at number 9. It was the band's second top ten single, following the success of their previous hit "A Horse With No Name". It was also charted in Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart at number 7, and both Cash Box Singles Chart and Record World Singles Chart at number 8. Unlike their previous hit single, it didn't receive any certifications by RIAA.

Chart (1972) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 9
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 7
US Cash Box Top 100 [4] 8
US Record World [4] 8
New Zealand (Listener) 18

Cover versions[edit]

Andy Williams released a version in 1972 on his album, Alone Again (Naturally).[5] In the same year Percy Faith and Ray Conniff also released versions of the song.[6][7]

Harry Nilsson recorded the song for his 1976 album ...That's the Way It Is.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ America, "I Need You" Single Release Retrieved March 27, 2015
  2. ^ Archives, Vol. 1 Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Billboard Hot 100: Week of July 8, 1972, Billboard.com. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2015). The Comparison Book Billboard/Cash Box/Record World 1954-1982. Sheridan Books. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-89820-213-7.
  5. ^ Andy Williams, Alone Again (Naturally) Retrieved March 27, 2015
  6. ^ Percy Faith, Day By Day Retrieved March 25, 2016
  7. ^ Ray Conniff, Love Theme from 'The Godfather' Retrieved March 25, 2016

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