You Needed Me

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"You Needed Me"
File: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"
Released May 1978
Recorded January 1978
Genre Country pop
Length 3:37
Label Capitol 4574
Writer(s) Randy Goodrum
Producer(s) Jim Ed Norman
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Anne Murray singles chronology
"Walk Right Back"
"You Needed Me"
"Hey, Daddy"

"You Needed Me" is a song written by Randy Goodrum, who describes it as being about "unconditional undeserved love."[1] It was a number one single in the United States in 1978 for Canadian singer Anne Murray. 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. 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. The song earned Murray the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 21st Grammy Awards,[2] 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.

Chart performance

Preceded by
"I Believe in You"
by Mel Tillis
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 5, 1978
Succeeded by
by Bob Murphy & Big Buffalo
Preceded by
"Hot Child in the City"
by Nick Gilder
Billboard Hot 100
number one single

November 4, 1978
Succeeded by
"MacArthur Park"
by Donna Summer

Boyzone cover version

"You Needed Me"
File:You Needed Me.jpg
Single by Boyzone
from the album By Request
B-side "Words Can't Describe"
Released May 10, 1999
Format CD single, Cassette
Recorded London, England
Genre Pop
Length 3:27
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Randy Goodrum
Producer(s) Steve Mac
Boyzone singles chronology
"When the Going Gets Tough"
"You Needed Me"
"Everyday I Love You"

"You Needed Me" is a single by Irish boy band Boyzone, the second from their album By Request. The single reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart,[8] beating the debut solo single of Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, outselling her by just 700 copies.[citation needed] The song received a silver disc for shipping 200,000 copies in the UK.[9]

Track listing

  1. "You Needed Me"
  2. "Words Can't Describe"
  3. "Megamix: Love to Infinity"
CD2 (In limited edition digipak)
  1. "You Needed Me"
  2. "You Needed Me" (Jewels & Stone Remix)
  3. "Too Late Tonight"
  4. "You Needed Me" (video)


Chart (1999) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[10] 38
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[10] 22
Dutch Singles Chart[10] 16
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[11] 6
German Singles Chart[12] 36
Irish Singles Chart[13] 2
Japanese Singles Chart[14] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[10] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[10] 15
Scottish Singles Chart[15] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[10] 21
Swiss Singles Chart[10] 29
UK Singles Chart[16] 1


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Silver 200,000

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Preceded by
"Livin' la Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin
New Zealand Singles Chart number-one single
June 27, 1999 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Cold" by Deep Obsession
Preceded by
"I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys
Scottish Singles Chart
May 16, 1999 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"That Don't Impress Me Much" by Shania Twain
Preceded by
"I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys
UK Singles Chart number-one single
May 16, 1999 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Sweet like Chocolate" by Shanks & Bigfoot


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  14. Oricon Singles Chart Oricon Singles Chart (Retrieved 2 November 2012)
  15. Scottish Singles Chart [1] (Retrieved November 23, 2008)
  16. UK Singles Chart (Retrieved November 23, 2008)
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