You Needed Me

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"You Needed Me"
You Needed Me - Anne Murray.jpg
Single by Anne Murray
from the album Let's Keep It That Way
B-side"I Still Wish the Very Best for You"
ReleasedMay 1978
RecordedJanuary 1978
GenreSoft rock[1]
Length3:41
LabelCapitol 4574
Songwriter(s)Randy Goodrum
Producer(s)Jim Ed Norman
Anne Murray singles chronology
"Walk Right Back"
(1978)
"You Needed Me"
(1978)
"Hey, Daddy"
(1978)

"You Needed Me" is a song written by Randy Goodrum, who describes it as being about "unconditional undeserved love".[2] It was a number one hit single in the United States in 1978 for Canadian singer Anne Murray, for which she won a Grammy Award. In 1999, Irish pop band Boyzone recorded a hit cover of the song that hit number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Original Anne Murray version[edit]

"You Needed Me" was first recorded by singer Anne Murray in 1978. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and revitalized her career after several years of declining popularity as it became her first Top 40 US single since her 1974 remake of The Beatles' "You Won't See Me". The song, included on her 1978 album Let's Keep It That Way, was also a top-five country single and won Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music awards, and is her most successful single in the United Kingdom, where it made the top 30. Murray is quoted in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits by Fred Bronson as saying she was not surprised by the song's success, as she knew from the start the song would be a hit because she broke down in tears the first time she tried to sing it.

Although the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (and is her only song to top that chart), it never topped the two Billboard charts where Murray has had the most success—Country and Adult Contemporary. However, it spent a then-record 36 weeks on the Adult Contemporary chart, a record for chart longevity that stood until 1993.

The song earned Murray the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 21st Grammy Awards,[3] the first to be awarded to a Canadian artist.

Anne Murray re-recorded the song with Shania Twain for Murray's 2007 album Duets: Friends & Legends.

The song was featured in an ongoing storyline on the CBS soap Guiding Light in 1980–81, as a theme song for the characters Kelly Nelson and Morgan Richards. In 2013, the song was performed by Seth MacFarlane in character as Stewie Griffin on the Family Guy episode "Chris Cross", in which Anne Murray herself guest-starred.

Chart performance[edit]

Boyzone version[edit]

"You Needed Me"
You Needed Me.jpg
Single by Boyzone
from the album By Request
B-side"Words Can't Describe"
ReleasedMay 10, 1999
StudioLondon, England
GenrePop
Length3:27
LabelPolydor
Songwriter(s)Randy Goodrum
Producer(s)Steve Mac
Boyzone singles chronology
"When the Going Gets Tough"
(1999)
"You Needed Me"
(1999)
"Every Day I Love You"
(1999)
Music video
"You Needed Me" on YouTube

"You Needed Me" was covered by Irish boy band Boyzone in 1999. It was released as the second single from their album By Request. It became their sixth and final single to reach number 1 on the UK Singles Chart,[16] outselling Spice Girl Geri Halliwell's debut single, "Look at Me", by 748 copies.[17] The song received a silver disc for shipping 200,000 copies in the UK.[18]

Track listings[edit]

Irish maxi-single[19]

  1. "You Needed Me"
  2. "When the Going Gets Tough"
  3. "You Needed Me" (Jewels & Stone Remix)
  4. "Megamix (Love to Infinity)"

UK CD1[20]

  1. "You Needed Me"
  2. "Words Can't Describe"
  3. "Megamix (Love to Infinity)"

UK CD2[21]

  1. "You Needed Me"
  2. "You Needed Me" (Jewels & Stone Remix)
  3. "Too Late Tonight"
  4. "You Needed Me" (video)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[36] Gold 5,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Silver 200,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

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