You Don't Understand Me

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"You Don't Understand Me"
You Don't Understand Me.jpg
Single by Roxette
from the album Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! Roxette's Greatest Hits
B-side"Crazy About You"
Released6 October 1995
Format
RecordedAugust 1995
StudioEMI Studios, Stockholm
GenreAlternative pop
Length4:28
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Clarence Öfwerman
Roxette singles chronology
"Vulnerable"
(1995)
"You Don't Understand Me"
(1995)
"The Look '95"
(1995)
Music video
"You Don't Understand Me" on YouTube

"You Don't Understand Me" is a song by Swedish pop duo Roxette. Written by Per Gessle with American composer Desmond Child, it was released as the lead single from the duo's first greatest hits compilation album, Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! Roxette's Greatest Hits (1995). The song was a hit in several European countries, reaching the top 20 in Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the duo's native Sweden. The song was also a hit in Germany where, despite peaking at number 44, it would spend over three months on the German Singles Chart.[1]

Composition and style[edit]

The song was written by Per Gessle and Desmond Child. In the Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! liner notes, Per called it: "the first [Roxette] song ever to be written with someone from the 'outside'. It wasn't intended to be recorded by Roxette. Desmond came to Halmstad this summer, just to see if we could create something together. He had this idea, I changed it around a bit, and asked Marie to sing on the demo. Then I realised it suited us very well."[2] According to Ultimate Guitar, "You Don't Understand Me" is an alternative pop ballad, with a slow tempo of 77 beats per minute. Each verse is composed of two repetitions of a C–D–Em–C–C–D–Em sequence, and the bridge consists of a Gm–B♭–F–C–B♭–F–C–B♭–F–Gm sequence. The chorus is composed of two repetitions of B♭–C–F–C sequence, with the final note amended to a Gm during the final bar.[3]

The duo recorded acoustic versions of several songs for inclusion as b-sides on UK editions of this single. New versions of "You Don't Understand Me", "The Look" and "Listen to Your Heart", as well as a cover of The Beatles' "Help!", were recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London in early 1995, although the latter would remain unreleased until it appeared on the 2006 box set The Rox Box/Roxette 86-06.[4]

Formats and track listings[edit]

All songs written by Per Gessle, except "Listen to Your Heart" music by Gessle and Mats MP Persson.

  • Cassette and CD single (Australia 8651894 · Europe 8651892 · Japan TOCP-8675)
  1. "You Don't Understand Me" – 4:28
  2. "Crazy About You" – 3:57
  3. "Harleys & Indians (Riders in the Sky)" – 3:45
  • UK Cassette and CD1 (TCEM-418 · CDEMS-418)
  1. "You Don't Understand Me" – 4:28
  2. "The Look" (Abbey Road Version) – 3:46
  3. "Listen to Your Heart" (Abbey Road Version) – 3:38
  4. "You Don't Understand Me" (Abbey Road Version) – 3:43
  • UK CD2 (CDEM-418)
  1. "You Don't Understand Me" – 4:28
  2. "Almost Unreal" (Demo, February 1993) – 3:25
  3. "Harleys & Indians (Riders in the Sky)" – 3:45
  4. "The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye" – 4:47

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! Roxette's Greatest Hits.[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995–96) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 25
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 35
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[7] 18
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[8] 29
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 7
Germany (Official German Charts)[1] 44
Italy (FIMI)[10] 18
Japan (Oricon)[11] 21
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 20
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 19
Polish Airplay (ZPAV)[14] 7
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[15] 35
Spain (AFYVE)[16] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Offiziellecharts.de – Roxette – You Don't Understand Me". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Digital booklet". Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus (liner notes). Roxette. Stockholm, Sweden: EMI Records. 1995. 7243 836203 2 6.
  3. ^ "You Don't Understand Me by Roxette chords". Ultimate-Guitar.com. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  4. ^ Thorselius, Robert (May 2003). The Look for Roxette: The Illustrated Worldwide Discography & Price Guide (1st ed.). Sweden: Premium Förlag Publishing. ISBN 978-9197189484.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Roxette – You Don't Understand Me" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Roxette – You Don't Understand Me" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2834." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 18 November 1995. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Roxette: You Don't Understand Me" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: R" [Italian Hit Parade - Table of Contents: R]. Hit Parade Italia (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Tokio Hot 100 - Hits! in Tokio | Week of November 5, 1995". Billboard. 107 (47): 99. 25 November 1995. ISSN 0006-2510.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Roxette" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Roxette – You Don't Understand Me" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Lista Przebojów Trójki - Polskie Radio Online: Notowanie nr724 - 15 grudnia 1995". Polskie Radio (in Polish). 15 December 1995. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  16. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  17. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Roxette – You Don't Understand Me". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Roxette: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 June 2017.