I Don't Need You

"I Don't Need You"
Single by Kenny Rogers
from the album Share Your Love
B-side "Without You in My Life"
Released June 15, 1981
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Genre Country, adult contemporary
Length 3:27
Label Liberty
Writer(s) Rick Christian
Producer(s) Lionel Richie
Kenny Rogers singles chronology
"I Don't Need You"
"Share Your Love with Me"

"I Don't Need You" is a song written by Rick Christian and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Rogers. It was released in June 1981 as the lead single from Rogers album Share Your Love.

The song was first recorded and released as a single in 1978 by Rick Christian himself (the song's writer) at Shoe Productions, a recording studio/production company, in Memphis, TN, but it failed to chart. Harry Nilsson recorded it in 1979 and released it on his Flash Harry album in 1980, but he did not release it as a single. Madeleine Marks also recorded it for her Self Titled album in early 1981, but did not release it as a single [1]

Kenny Rogers had collaborated with R&B/pop singer-songwriter Lionel Richie in 1980 with the song "Lady". After the success of that record, Rogers asked Richie to produce his next album, Share Your Love. Although the original plan was for Richie to write all the songs for Rogers' forthcoming album, the two men agreed to accept songs they both liked for the project which had been written by others. "I Don't Need You", written by Rick Christian, was one of those songs.[2]

Chosen as the lead single, "I Don't Need You" spent two weeks at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1981.[3] The song also rose to number 1 on two other Billboard music charts, the country chart as well as the adult contemporary chart.[2] It remained atop the latter chart for six weeks in July and August of that year.

Rogers has been quoted describing "I Don't Need You" as "...still to this day one of my favorite songs", although he admitted that "I don't think I ever met Rick Christian, the guy who wrote it."[2]

Chart performance

Chart (1981) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 3
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[6] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 2
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 2

Other Recordings of "I Don't Need You"


  1. Clayton, Rose (1981). "A Bright New Scene For Singer & Writer Christian Billboard Magazine (page 35) Aug 8, 1981 (Billboard Publications)
  2. 1 2 3 Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  3. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  4. "Kenny Rogers – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Kenny Rogers.
  5. "Kenny Rogers – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kenny Rogers.
  6. "Kenny Rogers – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Kenny Rogers.

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Preceded by
"All Those Years Ago" by George Harrison
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single by Kenny Rogers
July 11, 1981 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Touch Me When We're Dancing" by The Carpenters
Preceded by
"Too Many Lovers"
by Crystal Gayle
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

August 15-August 22, 1981
Succeeded by
"(There's) No Gettin' Over Me"
by Ronnie Milsap
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

September 5, 1981
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