“No One Needs to Know“
Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Shania Twain
#1 (1 week)
July 13, 1996
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
July 5, 1996
Shania Twain matches a Rosanne Cash record with her fourth No. 1 single.
The Road to No. 1
The Woman in Me continued its dominant run at radio, with all of its top ten hits going the full distance. “No One Needs to Know” is the third consecutive No. 1 hit from the album and the fourth overall.
The No. 1
Witty, self-deprecating, and deliriously in love.
“No One Needs to Know” is all about keeping secrets, planning a fantasy future with a man without his knowledge – “I got my heart set, my feet wet, and he don’t even know yet.”
These plans are detailed, y’all: “We’ll have a little girl, a little boy, a little Benji we call Leroy.”
Twain’s winning vocal performance floats like cotton candy over an acoustic arrangement that lacks any of the bombast of her previous three No. 1 singles, with funky harmonica taking the place of arena rock drums.
The entire album was such a breath of fresh air at the time, and this is its breeziest moment.
The Road From No. 1
Radio’s disinterest in the ballads from The Woman in Me continued, as seventh single “Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore),” one of her best-written songs, only went top thirty. A revised and extended version of “God Bless the Child,” available only on cassette and CD single, served as the pseudo-eighth single, a record at the time that she would more definitively break with her next album.
Speaking of records, The Woman in Me was also the second country album by a woman to produce four No. 1 hits, following Rosanne Cash’s King’s Record Shop. (Cash’s batting average from 1988-1989 was stronger overall. All four singles from her album, along with two additional singles, all went to No. 1.) When we see Twain again in 1997, it will be with her longest-running No. 1 hit, which previewed the all-time best-selling country album and the all-time best-selling female album from any genre.
“No One Needs to Know” gets an A.
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