You'll Never Know (Kim Richey song)

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"You'll Never Know"
Single by Mindy McCready
from the album If I Don't Stay the Night
B-side "Long, Long Time"
Released January 20, 1998[1]
Format CD single
Recorded 1997
Genre Country
Length 4:04
Label BNA
Songwriter(s) Kim Richey, Angelo Petraglia
Producer(s) David Malloy
Mindy McCready singles chronology
"What If I Do"
"You'll Never Know"
"The Other Side of This Kiss"
"What If I Do"
"You'll Never Know"
"The Other Side of This Kiss"

"You'll Never Know" is a song written by Kim Richey and Angelo Petraglia, and recorded by Richey for her 1995 debut album Kim Richey. The song was later recorded by Mindy McCready for her 1997 album If I Don't Stay the Night. McCready's version was released as a single on January 20, 1998 and reached number 19 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[2]


The song examines the emotions of a woman who is determined to maintain her emotions after a break up.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that it shows her "maturation as a vocalist." She goes on to call the song "well-written."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Dean Cain and premiered in 1998.

Chart performance[edit]

"You'll Never Know" debuted at number 52 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of January 17, 1998. It eventually peaked at #19, becoming McCready's last Top 20 hit.

Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 12
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[5] 2
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 19

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 84


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  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 223. 
  3. ^ Billboard, January 24, 1998, p. 57
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3540." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 4, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "Mindy McCready Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Mindy McCready Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1998". RPM. December 14, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 

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