Without You (Keith Urban song)

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"Without You"
Keith Urban - Without You single.jpg
Single by Keith Urban
from the album Get Closer
Released 7 February 2011
Length 3:56
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Joe West
Dave Pahanish[2]
Producer(s) Dann Huff
Keith Urban
Keith Urban singles chronology
"Put You in a Song"
"Without You"
"Long Hot Summer"

"Without You" is a song written by Joe West and Dave Pahanish,[2] and recorded by Australian country music artist Keith Urban. It was released in February 2011 as the second single from the album Get Closer. The song has since reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.[3]

"Without You" is not to be confused with a song of the same title Urban recorded for his Australian self titled 1991 album.


Urban described the song as his "life story" and considered it "an amazing song that [he] would have never allowed [himself] to write."[4]


The song is a ballad accompanied mainly by acoustic guitar and fiddle, in which Urban sings that his life would not have meaning without his lover. It is in A-flat major, with a main chord pattern of A-A/G-Dsus2/F-D and a vocal range from E4 to F5.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song five stars out of five, citing it a song that "suits Keith Urban and his life with wife Nicole Kidman."[6] Blake Boldt of Engine 145 gave the song a "thumbs down," stating that Urban is "at his best when exploring heart's aches and pains," and saying that it "lacks the excitement of past hits."[7]

Chart performance[edit]

"Without You" debuted at number 47 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts for the week of 19 February 2011.[8] It also debuted at number 95 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of 26 March 2011.

Chart (2011–2012) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 39
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 69
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 52
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 29
Preceded by
"Old Alabama"
by Brad Paisley featuring Alabama
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

18 June 2011
Succeeded by
"Honey Bee"
by Blake Shelton


  1. ^ a b "Get Closer - Keith Urban". Allmusic. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Morris, Edward (23 June 2011). "Keith Urban Celebrates No. 1 "Without You" With Writers Dave Pahanish, Joe West". Country Music Television. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Billboard Hot Country Songs
  4. ^ Keith Urban Says 'Without You' is His 'Life Story'/
  5. ^ "'Without You' sheet music". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt (31 January 2011). "Keith Urban — "Without You"". Roughstock. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Boldt, Blake (15 February 2011). "Keith Urban — "Without You"". Engine 145. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Billboard Hot Country Songs – 19 February 2011
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Keith Urban – Without You". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2012-10-05.
  10. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Keith Urban. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  11. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Keith Urban. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Keith Urban. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  13. ^ "Best of 2011: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 

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