Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"I Don't Need You" by Kenny Rogers

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0635
Date:  06/13/1981
Debut:  33
Peak:  3
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Country Crossover, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Rogers was on a hot streak and it peaked with his biggest pop hit "Lady" (#1). That song was a collaboration between Rogers and Lionel Richie. The success of that single prompted the two to work on a full album and "Share Your Love" was issued and this first single was another pop chart success and his ninth solo country #1.

ReduxReview:   This definitely leans toward pop/AC than country and it worked well with Richie providing solid production. I've always liked the song and Rogers sounds good. A friend in high school and I used to sing this together. We would sing the first verse really quiet and then scream the next section (the "but we both want it bad enough"). We thought it was hilarious. I don't think others did...

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This song was written by Rick Christian and he originally recorded it and released it as a single in 1978, but it did not chart. The song was also recorded by Harry Nilsson in 1980 before Rogers found the song and made it a hit.


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