Please Remember Me

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"Please Remember Me"
Single by Rodney Crowell
from the album Jewel of the South
Released 1995
Genre Country
Length 3:45
Label MCA
Rodney Crowell singles chronology
"I Don't Fall in Love So Easy"
"Please Remember Me"
"I Walk the Line Revisited"

"Please Remember Me" is a song co-written by American country music artists Rodney Crowell and Will Jennings. Originally recorded by Crowell on his 1995 album Jewel of the South, his version was released as a single that year. Crowell's version of the song peaked at number 69 on the Billboard country charts upon its release. A later version was released by Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt, but was not released as a single.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 69

Tim McGraw version[edit]

"Please Remember Me"
Single by Tim McGraw
from the album A Place in the Sun
B-side For a Little While[3]
Released March 22, 1999
Format CD single
Length 4:55
Label Curb
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"For a Little While"
"Please Remember Me"
"Something Like That"

Four years after the release of his own version, Crowell selected several songs which he recommended to record producer Byron Gallimore. Eventually, "Please Remember Me" made its way to Tim McGraw, who recorded it for his 1999 album A Place in the Sun. Released that year as the first single from that album, McGraw's rendition reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, a position that it held for five weeks. The song was also McGraw's biggest solo hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 10. McGraw's rendition features Patty Loveless on harmony vocals.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it a "lush and lovely ballad." She goes on to say that he is "surprisingly effective" on this pop-side release as he is usually best with traditional material. She finishes the review by saying that McGraw "seems to a newfound vocal maturity."[4] Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, calling it "a lush and gorgeous ballad that is elevated by a Patty Loveless harmony vocal." He goes on to say that McGraw's "pleading performance gives the song its urgency, and the pop-flavored production, complete with strings, harkens back to the glory days of the Nashville sound."[5] The song ranks 96th on the RIAA 365 songs of the century list

Track listing[edit]

UK Promo CD

  1. Please Remember Me 3:39

Cassette Single

  • A Please Remember Me 4:29
  • B For A Little While 3:33

US Single

  1. Please Remember Me 4:29
  2. For A Little While 3:33

Chart performance[edit]

"Please Remember Me" debuted at number 51 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Single & Tracks for the week of March 20, 1999.

Chart (1999) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 10
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 1

End of year charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[9] 35
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 56
US Country Songs (Billboard[11] 5


The Swedish country music-inspired dansband Lasse Stefanz recorded a Swedish version called "Tänk På Mig Ibland" on their 1996 album Dig Ska Jag Älskar.

It was covered by John Barrowman on his 2007 album Another Side.

American Idol season 10 winner Scotty McCreery covered this song to be used as the goodbye/exit song on the 11th season of American Idol. It was released on March 8, 2012.[12]

Performed by Danielle Bradbery on Season 4 of The Voice, Released: Jun 11, 2013.[13]


  1. ^ Shuster, Fred (1999-06-06). "For McGraw, it starts with 1000s of songs". The (Los Angeles) Daily News. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Rodney Crowell – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Rodney Crowell.
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 272–273. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  4. ^ Billboard, March 27, 1999
  5. ^ "Retro Single Review: Tim McGraw, "Please Remember Me"". Country Universe. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  6. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 8129." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 10, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  7. ^ "Tim McGraw – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Tim McGraw.
  8. ^ "Tim McGraw – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Tim McGraw.
  9. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1999". RPM. December 13, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  11. ^ "Best of 1999: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1999. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Scotty McCreery - American Idol 11 Exit Song "Please Remember Me" (Snip)". 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  13. ^ "Please Remember Me (The Voice Performance) - Single by Danielle Bradbery on iTunes". 2013-06-11. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 

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Preceded by
"Wish You Were Here"
by Mark Wills
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

May 15–June 12, 1999
Succeeded by
"Write This Down"
by George Strait
Preceded by
"Drive Me Wild"
by Sawyer Brown
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 10-May 17, 1999
Succeeded by
"Anyone Else"
by Collin Raye
Preceded by
"Don't You (Forget About Me)" by David Cook
American Idol Farewell Song
Season 11 (2012)
Succeeded by
"Gone, Gone Gone" by Phillip Phillips