Who Needs Pictures (song)

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"Who Needs Pictures"
Single by Brad Paisley
from the album Who Needs Pictures
B-side "It Never Woulda Worked Out Anyway"[1]
Released February 1, 1999
Genre Country
Length 3:45
Label Arista Nashville
Producer(s) Frank Rogers
Brad Paisley singles chronology
"Who Needs Pictures"
"He Didn't Have to Be"

"Who Needs Pictures" is the title of the debut song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Brad Paisley. It was released in February 1999 as the first single and title track from his album Who Needs Pictures. It reached number 12 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Paisley wrote this song with Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois.


The song's protagonist tells of finding an undeveloped camera, which contains pictures of him and his lover in Cozumel, Mexico, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, enjoying themselves. At first, he considers developing the film in the camera, but then changes his mind, asking himself "Who needs pictures / With a memory like mine".

Music video[edit]

This was Paisley's first music video, directed by Jim Shea, was filmed in Los Angeles.[2]


Chart performance[edit]

"Who Needs Pictures" debuted at number 75 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs dated for the week ending February 6, 1999. It spent 31 weeks on the charts and peaked at number 12.[1]

Chart (1999) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 65
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 12

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 78
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 45


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 313. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Archived pages of Brad Paisley fan questions on Wayback Machine (archived October 9, 1999)
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 8474." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. September 6, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "Brad Paisley – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Brad Paisley. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "Brad Paisley – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Brad Paisley. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1999". RPM. December 13, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Best of 1999: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.