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A music video was shot for the song, directed by Dave McClister. In the video the song has an extended piano intro, and features all members of the group acting out scenes related to the storyline. The song was initially released only to the country radio format in the United States and Canada on August 24, 2009, but was remixed and re-released to all other formats domestically and internationally at the beginning of 2010. The song gained prominence internationally, in Europe and South America. The trio re-recorded the song again in Simlish to accompany the release of the Sims 3 expansion pack Ambitions. By April 17, 2011, the song became the ninth most downloaded song in history, moving 5,000,000 copies, and surpassed Taylor Swift's "Love Story" as the most downloaded country song in history. It has since sold over 6 million copies in the US.
The lyrics describe placing a call to someone in the middle of the night due to being lonely and longing for companionship. Hillary Scott commented on the song, saying that "All three of us know what it's like to get to that point where you feel lonely enough that you make a late night phone call that you very well could regret the next day." Charles Kelley told The Boot that the band's record executives initially had concerns regarding using the lyrics "I'm a little drunk", but he convinced the executives to leave the content in the song.
"Need You Now" has received positive reviews from music critics. It won the 2011 Grammy award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The song received a "thumbs up" review from Jim Malec of the 9513. He said that although Charles Kelley's voice had a "surprisingly stuffy tone," lead singer Hillary Scott's voice fit perfectly for "dark" songs like "Need You Now." He said that both singers had a rawness in their voices that made the song feel "real". It also received a positive review from Ken Tucker of Billboard, who said, "the song finds alto Scott trading lead vocals with a soulful Kelley, and it will connect with anyone who's ever dumped a significant other and regretted it in the early morning hours." Bobby Peacock of Roughstock gave a positive review as well, comparing its sound favorably to that of "I Run to You." He also thought the traded-off lead vocals gave the song "more depth," and that Kelley and Scott sang more strongly than on the debut album.
The song became the trio's second No. 1 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart for the chart dated November 28, 2009, where it stayed for five weeks, making it the first song to hold the No. 1 position for more than four weeks since Taylor Swift's "Our Song" spent six weeks at No. 1 between December 2007 and January 2008. In the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song peaked at No. 2 and stayed there for two weeks (kept from the top spot by a combination of "Break Your Heart" by Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris and "Rude Boy" by Rihanna) making it their highest charting single on that chart and their first top 5. On the Canadian Hot 100, it also peaked at No. 2, making it their highest charting and first top five single there as well. It is only the second country song to reach No. 1 on the BillboardAdult Top 40 chart, the first being Faith Hill's "Breathe", which reached the top position in 2000. For the Billboard tracking period of March 29–April 4, 2010, "Need You Now" broke the record held by Hoobastank's hit "The Reason" for most spins in one week on the Adult Top 40 chart. The song debuted at No. 28 on the UK Singles Chart in its first week of release. It was covered in a live performance for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Concert in June 2012 by English singers Gary Barlow and Cheryl Cole which saw the song re-enter the UK Charts. Over a month later it climbed to No. 15, its highest UK chart position and after 53 weeks in the chart.
On December 9, 2010, the song was named the No. 2 Hot 100 song of the year by Billboard, behind "Tik Tok" by Kesha, marking the highest position a country song has ever reached since Faith Hill's "Breathe" was ranked No. 1 in the year-end chart of the year 2000.
In April 2011, Need You Now replaced Taylor Swift's "Love Story" as the best-selling country song of all time in the U.S. It is also the second country song to sell over 5 million digital copies (after Swift's "Love Story"). It has sold over 6 million copies by January 2013, the first country song to do so. As of June 2016, it had sold 6.7 million units in the U.S.
Due to the band winning four Grammys, "Need You Now" debuted at No. 32 on the German Singles Chart in February 2011, 10 months after the digital release of the single. Before that happened, the song did not sell enough to enter the chart.
A still from the music video showing Hillary Scott singing while leaning out of a taxi.
David McClister directed the "Need You Now" music video, using a treatment he wrote in 10 minutes.
The video features all three members of Lady Antebellum acting out scenes pertaining to the storyline. It begins in a hallway of a hotel where Kelley is sitting against a wall and Scott is in her room, with Haywood playing the piano. Kelley goes to a cafe and has a coffee, where Haywood arrives with his love interest. Scott then leaves her room and hails a taxi. Kelley leaves the cafe and goes outside to walk to a costume ball, to which Scott is also traveling. When they arrive at the ball, they both see their love interests wearing masks and embrace them. Haywood soon arrives at the ball with his love interest. The video ends with all three members embracing their love interests. The video was filmed at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto, Ontario.
Of the changes between the song and its music video, one of the most noted is Kelley drinking coffee instead of whiskey, since the song states the character is intoxicated. In response, McClister admitted he simply did not want the video to be a literal adaptation of the song, as he felt sitting in a diner in the middle of the night was lonelier.