“I Don’t Need You”
Written by Rick Christian
Radio & Records
#1 (3 weeks)
July 31 – August 14, 1981
#1 (2 weeks)
August 15 – August 22, 1981
After the massive success of “Lady,” it made logical sense for Kenny Rogers to do a full album with Lionel Richie.
The magic didn’t transfer over to Share Your Love, which produced only one No. 1 country hit: its lead single, “I Don’t Need You.” It’s a meandering ballad that fails to capitalize on its soft-spoken opening. The best Kenny Rogers records build up tension during the verses and break into a memorable chorus. That doesn’t happen here, and we’re still waiting for something to happen by the time that the song comes to an end.
Richie wrote only four songs for Share Your Love, and none of them were released as singles. The album does contain a classic Rogers performance, though: “Through the Years,” which went top five at country radio and topped the AC chart. That was the fourth and final single from the album, following the top five hit “Share Your Love With Me” and the top ten “Blaze of Glory.”
Rogers will return to the top of the country chart with the lead single and title track from his 1982 album, Love Will Turn You Around.
“I Don’t Need You” gets a C.
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