She Is His Only Need

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"She Is His Only Need"
Single by Wynonna
from the album Wynonna
B-side "No One Else on Earth"[1]
Released January 28, 1992 (1992-01-28)[2]
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 4:27
Label MCA/Curb
Writer(s) Dave Loggins
Producer(s) Tony Brown
Wynonna singles chronology
"She Is His Only Need"
"I Saw the Light"

"She Is His Only Need" is a song written by Dave Loggins, and performed by American country music artist Wynonna Judd. It was Judd's first solo single, after spending nine years alongside her mother, Naomi Judd, as The Judds. It was released in January 1992 as the first single from Wynonna's self-titled debut album. The song was her first Number One hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts.


The song is a country pop ballad that chronicles the life of two characters. The first is a loner, named Billy, who is reluctant to leave southern Arizona, until he meets the song's other character, a female named Bonnie. Throughout the first verse, he befriends Bonnie and eventually marries her. According to the chorus, his love for her drives him to work overtime in order to buy her things that he knew she wanted because "she is his only need". The second verse follows their marriage as they have two children who grow up and move away from home. Even as the couple become elderly, the love continues to drive him to go out of his way to buy her things that he has heard her mention she wanted.


Wynonna promoted "She Is His Only Need" by releasing a compact disc which consisted of her introducing herself and asking radio to play the single. The CD's announcement ended with "And my only need is for y'all to play it. Because I have a mom to support. So thanks." This was a reference to her mother, Naomi Judd, who had retired due to a bout of hepatitis.[2]


The following musicians performed on this track:[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[4] 22
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[6] 25
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 3
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 18
Preceded by
"Is There Life Out There"
by Reba McEntire
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

April 11, 1992
Succeeded by
"There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio"
by Aaron Tippin
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

April 18–May 2, 1992


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 480. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b "Wynonna Has a Mom to Support". Rocky Mountain News. 1992-01-26. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  3. ^ Wynonna (CD). Wynonna Judd. MCA Records. 1992. MCAD-10529. 
  4. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2131." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 23, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2101." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 18, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Wynonna – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Wynonna.
  7. ^ "Wynonna – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Wynonna.
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1992". RPM. December 19, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Best of 1992: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.