She Believes in Me

"She Believes in Me"
Single by Kenny Rogers
from the album The Gambler
B-side "Morgana Jones"
Released April 16, 1979
Genre Country, Pop
Length 4:18
Label United Artists
Writer(s) Steve Gibb
Producer(s) Larry Butler
Kenny Rogers singles chronology
"All I Ever Need Is You"
"She Believes in Me"
"'Til I Can Make It on My Own"

"She Believes In Me" is a song recorded by American country music singer Kenny Rogers. It was released in April 1979 as the second single from his album The Gambler. The song was written and first recorded by Steve Gibb (not the Steve Gibb who is the son of Barry Gibb) and is the tale of a songwriter who has a beloved who supports him, although he sometimes wonders why.

Kenny Rogers version

Rogers was reaching the peak of his career at this time, and "She Believes In Me" became one of his biggest crossover hits in the late spring of 1979, reaching number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart.[1] "She Believes in Me" also peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, and number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[2] It was also a minor pop hit in Great Britain reaching number 42.[3]

The melody of the chorus also somewhat resembles the chorus of "Lost Without Your Love" by soft rock band Bread (released in 1976), with the chords and structure having some similar properties.

Chart performance

Weekly charts

Chart (1979) Peak
Australia KMR [4] 34
Canadian RPM Top Singles 8
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
UK 42
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 5
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[7] 1
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 [8] 7

Year-end charts

Chart (1979) Rank
Australia [4] 135
Canada Top Singles (RPM) [9] 30
US Billboard Hot 100 [10] 47
US Cash Box [11] 61

Preceded by
"Just When I Needed You Most" by Randy Vanwarmer
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
May 26, 1979 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Just When I Needed You Most" by Randy Vanwarmer
Preceded by
"If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me" by The Bellamy Brothers
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
June 9-June 16, 1979
Succeeded by
"Nobody Likes Sad Songs" by Ronnie Milsap
Preceded by
"Nobody Likes Sad Songs" by Ronnie Milsap
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
July 7, 1979
Succeeded by
"Amanda" by Waylon Jennings

Ronan Keating version

"She Believes (In Me)"
Single by Ronan Keating
from the album Turn It On
Released 9 February 2004
Format CD single
Recorded 2003
Genre Pop
Length 4:04
Label Polydor
Producer(s) Mark Taylor
Ronan Keating singles chronology
"Lost For Words"
"She Believes (in Me)"
"Last Thing on My Mind"

"She Believes in Me" served as the second single from Irish singer/songwriter Ronan Keating's third studio album, Turn It On. The song was released in February 2004, peaking at #2 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also a modest success elsewhere, reaching the Top 10 in three European countries. Keating's version of the song slightly alters the lyrics from the original version.

Track listing

  1. "She Believes (In Me)" - 4:04
  2. "Lovin' Each Day" (Live Radio 2 Session) - 3:33
  3. "She Believes (In Me)" (Metro Mix) - 5:28
  4. "First Time" (Live Acoustic Session) - 3:49
  5. "She Believes (In Me)" (Video) - 4:10
  1. "She Believes (In Me)" - 4:04
  2. "If Tomorrow Never Comes" (2004 Version) - 4:16
  1. "She Believes (In Me)" - 4:04
  2. "First Time" (Live Acoustic Session) - 3:49
  3. "She Believes (In Me)" (Video) - 4:10
  4. "The Long Goodbye" (Video) - 4:45
  5. "She Believes (In Me)" (The Making Of) - 4:00

Other versions

In 1979, Johnny Mathis recorded for his album "Mathis Magic", and Dutch-speaking Belgian pop singer Will Tura sang a Dutch version of the song called "Zij gelooft in mij".

Two years later, in 1981, the late Dutch singer André Hazes wrote another Dutch version of the song also called "Zij gelooft in mij". Although both songs bear the same name, the text is completely different. It is also the title of an award winning documentary by John Appel about André Hazes's life.[12]

Icelandic singer Pálmi Gunnarsson recorded an Icelandic version of the song called "Hún hefur trú á mér", which appears on his 1980 album "Hvers vegna varst' ekki kyrr?".

Punk rock cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes recorded a version of "She Believes in Me" for their 2006 album, Love Their Country.

In 2011 Scotty McCreery performed this song on American Idol as his third number in the May 17 episode. It was chosen for him to sing by the judges.

Around the same time, a Dutch female singer Dominique van Hulst, better known as 'Do', covered the song as "Hij gelooft in mij" (He believes in me).

The song is also covered in Portuguese by Maria de Fátima.


  1. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 298.
  2. Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 207.
  3. "KENNY ROGERS | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  4. 1 2 "Australian Chart Book". Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  5. "Kenny Rogers – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Kenny Rogers.
  6. "Kenny Rogers – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kenny Rogers.
  7. "Kenny Rogers – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Kenny Rogers.
  8. "Cash Box Top 100 7/14/79". 1979-07-14. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  9. "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  10. "Top 100 Hits of 1979/Top 100 Songs of 1979". Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  11. "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1979". 1979-12-29. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  12. "GeoTypico, your guide to regions' best and most typical local gifts". Retrieved 2014-06-06.
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