A Little Good News

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"A Little Good News"
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Single by Anne Murray
from the album A Little Good News
B-side "I'm Not Afraid Anymore"
Released September 1983 (US)
Genre Country
Length 3:08
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Tommy Rocco
Charlie Black
Rory Michael Bourke
Producer(s) Jim Ed Norman
Anne Murray singles chronology
"Somebody's Always Saying Goodbye"
"A Little Good News"
"That's Not the Way (It's S'posed to Be)"

"A Little Good News" is a song recorded by Canadian country music artist Anne Murray. It was released in September 1983 as the lead single from the album of the same name, A Little Good News. The song was written by Tommy Rocco, Charlie Black, and Rory Michael Bourke and was Anne Murray's seventh #1 hit on the Billboard country chart.

In the United States, the single hit #1 Country (lasting a total of 20 weeks on the Country chart overall), #10 Adult Contemporary, and #74 Pop.[1] The song also appears on Murray's 2007 album Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends, performed as a duet with the Indigo Girls.


In the song, the narrator expresses despair over all of the violence and suffering she reads about in newspapers and witnesses on TV news coverage, and notes how wonderful it would be if, for just one day, the newspapers and television news anchors had nothing to report, because they had "nothing bad to say".

Chart performance

Chart (1983) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 74
U.K. Singles Chart 92

Awards and honors

In 1984, "A Little Good News" won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female.[2] It was Murray's fourth career Grammy honor. The song was also named the Country Music Association's Single of the Year.[3]


  1. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 243.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Winners: 1983 - 26th Annual Grammy Awards". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 13, 2015 – via Grammy.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "CMA Awards: Past Winners Lists". Country Music Association. Retrieved April 13, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
"Holding Her and Loving You"
by Earl Thomas Conley
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

December 3, 1983
Succeeded by
"Tell Me a Lie"
by Janie Fricke
Preceded by
"Tennessee Whiskey"
by George Jones
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

December 10, 1983