I Need to Be in Love
|"I Need to Be in Love"|
Cover to the Carpenters' single, "I Need to Be in Love"
|Single by The Carpenters|
|from the album A Kind of Hush|
|A-side||"I Need to Be in Love"|
|Released||May 21, 1976|
|Length||3:25 (single version)
3:49 (album version)
|Writer(s)||Richard Carpenter; John Bettis; Albert Hammond|
|The Carpenters singles chronology|
"I Need to Be in Love" is a song written by Richard Carpenter, Albert Hammond and John Bettis. It was released as a single on May 21, 1976. It was featured on the A Kind of Hush album, which was released on June 11 of the same year. The single featured a version without the piano lead-in and starts immediately with a flute introduction by David Shostac. Richard Carpenter recalled that it was Karen Carpenter's favorite Carpenters song.
The song peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 36 on the UK charts. In 1995, it was released as a CD single in Japan, after being chosen for the theme song of the drama Miseinen. It was taken from the best-selling compilation 22 Hits of the Carpenters (promoted as a double A-side with "Top of the World"). Richard Carpenter claims that "It became one of the biggest sellers of 1995, ultimately going quadruple platinum. In more ways than one, Karen would have loved that!" "I Need to Be in Love" was also the Carpenters' fourteenth number one on the Easy Listening chart.
- Karen Carpenter - lead vocals
- Richard Carpenter - piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, harpsichord, Hammond organ, orchestration
- Joe Osborn - bass
- Tony Peluso - electric guitar
- Jim Gordon - drums
- Earle Dumler - English horn
- Gayle Levant - harp
- David Shostac - flute
- The O.K. Chorale - backing vocals
- Filipino bossa nova singer Sitti recorded a cover of this song for her second album My Bossa Nova.
- This song was sung by the Pakistani pop singer Hadiqa Kiyani as a tribute to the Carpenters.
- Japanese female singer Chihiro Onitsuka covered the song for her 2012 cover album Famous Microphone.
- Korean jazz duo Winterplay covered the song for their 2010 album Touché Mon Amour.
- In 2016, Dami Im recorded a version for her album Classic Carpenters.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||25|
|U.S. Billboard Easy Listening||1|
|Canadian Singles Chart||31|
|Oricon (Japanese) Singles Chart||62|
|UK Singles Chart||36|
"Today's the Day" by America
|Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
July 10, 1976
"If You Know What I Mean" by Neil Diamond
- "A Kind Of Hush | The Carpenters Complete Recording Resource". Carpenters.amcorner.com. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
- "Carpenters •• I Need To Be In Love". Richardandkarencarpenter.com. 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
- "I Need to Be in Love" USA chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
- Carpenters UK chart history, The Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 48.