Next to You, Next to Me

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"Next to You, Next to Me"
Single by Shenandoah
from the album Extra Mile
B-side "Daddy's Little Man"
Released June 1990
Recorded 1990
Genre Country
Length 3:38
Label Columbia Nashville
Songwriter(s) Robert Ellis Orrall
Curtis Wright
Producer(s) Robert Byrne
Rick Hall
Shenandoah singles chronology
"See If I Care"
"Next to You, Next to Me"
"Ghost in This House"
"See If I Care"
"Next to You, Next to Me"
"Ghost in This House"

"Next to You, Next to Me" is a song written by Robert Ellis Orrall and Curtis Wright, and recorded by American country music group Shenandoah. It was released in June 1990 as the lead-off single from their album Extra Mile. It was a Number One hit in both the United States[1] and Canada. It is also the band's longest-lasting number 1, at three weeks.[2] As of 2006, no other single from Columbia had spent three weeks atop the country charts.[3]


The song is an uptempo, in which the narrator exclaims that he would rather be sitting next to his lover than be anywhere else.

Other versions[edit]

It was covered by Rascal Flatts as a bonus track on the deluxe version of their 2012 album Changed.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Larry Boothby.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 23
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 22
Preceded by
"Good Times" by Dan Seals
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single
August 18-September 1, 1990
Succeeded by
"Jukebox in My Mind" by Alabama
Preceded by
"I'm Gonna Be Somebody" by Travis Tritt
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
September 1-8, 1990
Succeeded by
"Nothing's News" by Clint Black


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 311. 
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Shenandoah biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  3. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2005-10-15). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1325." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. September 1, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  5. ^ "Shenandoah Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1990". RPM. December 22, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Best of 1990: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 

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