You Had Me from Hello

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"You Had Me from Hello"
Single by Kenny Chesney
from the album Everywhere We Go
B-side "Everywhere We Go"
Released April 19, 1999
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:51
Label BNA 65745
Writer(s) Kenny Chesney
Skip Ewing
Producer(s) Buddy Cannon
Norro Wilson
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Kenny Chesney singles chronology
"How Forever Feels"
"You Had Me from Hello"
"She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy"

"You Had Me from Hello" is a song co-written and performed by American country music artist Kenny Chesney. It was released in April 1999 as the second single from Chesney's album Everywhere We Go. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart and has been certified Gold by the RIAA.[1] Chesney wrote the song with Skip Ewing.

Background and writing[edit]

In 1996, Chesney saw the movie Jerry McGuire. In one of the film's memorable scenes, Tom Cruise's character gives out a heartfelt speech to Renée Zellweger's character; Zellweger stops Cruise and says "You had me at 'hello'." Chesney liked the line and decided to write a song about it. Chesney and Zellweger were later married for four months in 2005.[2]


The song's narrator tells his lover that he was hers from the first time they met.

Chart performance[edit]

"You Had Me from Hello" debuted at number 71 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of April 17, 1999.

Chart (1999) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 34
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 19
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 6
Preceded by
"Single White Female"
by Chely Wright
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

September 18, 1999
Succeeded by
"Something Like That"
by Tim McGraw
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

September 27 – October 4, 1999
Succeeded by
"I Love You"
by Martina McBride


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 91. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Thomas, W.D. (2007). Kenny Chesney. Gareth Stevens Publ. p. 25. ISBN 9780836881981. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 8440." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. September 27, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "Kenny Chesney – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kenny Chesney.
  5. ^ "Kenny Chesney – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Kenny Chesney.
  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 August 25, 2012. 

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