Retro Single Review: Shania Twain, “The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)”

1995 | Peak: #14

There are some majestic ballads on The Woman in Me, but the title track isn’t one of them.

Utterly devoid of the clear-eyed sentiment that would define Twain’s legendary crossover ballads, “The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)”  is a dull, plodding affair.   The verses say nothing of consequence, and while the chorus swoons reasonably, it can’t compensate for the general weakness of the rest of the song.

Great video, though.

Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Shania Twain

Grade: C

Listen: The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)





  1. The Woman In Me is definitely my favorite Shania album, but the title track was the only track on the album that just didn’t stick with me at all. I could never really pinpoint why that was though. It’s just kind of… meh.

  2. The Woman In Me was not a good song compared with “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under.” To determine if a song is good, I use the “Humpty Hump Test.” Remember Humpty Hump’s famous line from the Humpty Dance: “I once got busy in a Burger King bathroom?” That line was so awesome and classic, and its the standard I measure other lyrics by. I mean, I never looked at Burger King bathrooms the same after I heard that. It totally changed my outlook on fast food facilities. Now, I think “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” has a few lines that come close to Burger King awesomeness, and the title itself is pretty worthy. But the “Woman In Me” song was dull and boring. No good lines, though there were pantylines in Any Man of Mine. Sweetcheeks out!

  3. I’ve always thought of this song as one of her least compelling love ballads that would be the sweet counter parts to the smart sassy numbers, but I agree this is one great video that puts many “sexy” videos to shame with the elegance displayed in it.

    Song: C
    Video: A

    PS I also love that album, but not quite as much as Come On Over. With that said, I still compare country albums with that style of pop influences to it for quality match.

  4. My biggest complaint about this track has always been its chorus. It’s just so overexaggerated and the hook is cheap, and not in the clever Shania way but in the cliche’ way. I think the first verse is great, but it falls apart from there and never recovers.

  5. I find it very difficult to judge this song without thinking of the accompanying music video. The video was so beautiful that I don’t even really know the words of the song other than the titular phrase.

  6. …you could google “yearning” or youtube this shania twain song. the latter is more beautiful.

    i just enjoy the way she sings it. that’s where the the missing substance of the verses went hiding.

  7. I really didn’t like this song or listen to it much when I was younger but lately, I’ve been listening to it a lot more. I love the desperation in Shania’s voice when she sings this song. The video too is absolutely gorgeous. One of my favourites.

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