|"You Needed Me"|
|Single by Anne Murray|
|from the album Let's Keep It That Way|
|"I Still Wish the Very Best for You"|
|Jim Ed Norman|
|Anne Murray singles chronology|
"You Needed Me" is a song written by Randy Goodrum, who describes it as being about "unconditional undeserved love". 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 in the UK Singles Chart.
"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, the first to be awarded to a Canadian artist.
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.
|"You Needed Me"|
|Single by Boyzone|
|from the album By Request|
|"Words Can't Describe"|
|Released||May 10, 1999|
|Format||CD single, Cassette|
|Boyzone singles chronology|
"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, outselling the debut solo single of Spice Girl Geri Halliwell by just 700 copies. The song received a silver disc for shipping 200,000 copies in the UK.
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||38|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||22|
|Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)||6|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||36|
|Japan (Oricon Singles Chart)||5|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||16|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||1|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||1|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||29|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||1|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||27|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||200,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone