You're the Only World I Know

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"You're the Only World I Know"
Single by Sonny James
from the album You're the Only World I Know
Released November 1964 (U.S.)
Format 7"
Recorded 1964
Genre Country
Length 2:13
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Sonny James and Robert Tubert
Sonny James singles chronology
"Sugar Lump"/"Ask Marie"
"You're the Only World I Know"
"I'll Keep Holding On (Just to Your Love)"

"You're the Only World I Know" is a song made famous by country music singer Sonny James.

Song popularity[edit]

In January 1965, "You're the Only World I Know was Sonny James' second No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart (after "Young Love" in early 1957).[1]

"You're the Only World I Know" also kicked off James' amazing run of popularity, which continued to the mid-'70s. From 1965 through 1974, James enjoyed 22 No. 1 songs, including a string of 16 straight.

The song had crossover popularity, reaching the Billboard Top 100 and Easy listening surveys.

In 1973, a cover of "You're the Only World I Know" appeared on Marie Osmond's debut album Paper Roses. (MGM SE 4910, side 1, track 4)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1964–1965) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 91
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening chart [2] 22
Preceded by
"Once a Day"
by Connie Smith
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

January 23 – February 13, 1965
Succeeded by
"I've Got a Tiger By the Tail"
by Buck Owens


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 172. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 125. 

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