I Need to Be in Love

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"I Need to Be in Love"
I Need to Be in Love.jpg
Single picture sleeve
Single by The Carpenters
from the album A Kind of Hush
B-side "Sandy"
Released May 21, 1976
Format 7-inch single
Recorded 1976
Genre Pop
  • 3:25 (single version)
  • 3:49 (album version)
Label A&M
Producer(s) Richard Carpenter
The Carpenters singles chronology
"There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)"
"I Need to Be in Love"
A Kind of Hush track listing

"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.[1] Richard Carpenter recalled that it was Karen Carpenter's favorite Carpenters song.[2]

The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 on June 12 at number 55,[3] and peaked at number 25.[4] It peaked at number 36 on the UK charts.[5] 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!"[2] "I Need to Be in Love" was also the Carpenters' fourteenth number one on the Easy Listening chart.[6]


Cover versions[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 25
US Billboard Easy Listening 1
Canadian Singles Chart 31
Oricon (Japanese) Singles Chart 62
UK Singles Chart 36
Chart (1995) Peak
Oricon 5
Preceded by
"Today's the Day" by America
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
July 10, 1976
Succeeded by
"If You Know What I Mean" by Neil Diamond


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[7] Gold 100,000

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Kind Of Hush | The Carpenters Complete Recording Resource". Carpenters.amcorner.com. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Carpenters •• I Need To Be In Love". Richardandkarencarpenter.com. 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  3. ^ "The Hot 100". Billboard. June 12, 1976. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ "I Need to Be in Love" USA chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Carpenters UK chart history, The Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 48. 
  7. ^ "一般社団法人 日本レコード協会". Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved April 23, 2017.  (choose 2017年3月 in drop-down menu)

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