Without You (Keith Urban song)

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"Without You"
Keith Urban - Without You single.jpg
Single by Keith Urban
from the album Get Closer
Released7 February 2011
Recorded2010
Genre
Length3:56
Label Capitol Nashville
Songwriter(s) Joe West
Dave Pahanish [2]
Producer(s) Dann Huff
Keith Urban
Keith Urban singles chronology
"Put You in a Song"
(2010)
"Without You"
(2011)
"Long Hot Summer"
(2011)

"Without You" is a song written by Joe West and Dave Pahanish [2] and recorded by Australian country music artist Keith Urban. It was released in February 2011 as the second single from Urban's 2010 album Get Closer . The song reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. [3]

Contents

This song should not to be confused with another song of the same title that Urban had recorded on his Australian self-titled 1991 debut album.

Background

Urban described the song as his "life story" and considered it "an amazing song that [he] would have never allowed [himself] to write." [4]

Content

"Without You" is a ballad in which the narrator says that his life would not have any meaning without his lover. This song is set in the key of A-flat major and is accompanied mainly by acoustic guitar, banjo and fiddle. It has a main chord pattern of A-A/G-Dsus2/F-D and a vocal range from E4 to F5. [5]

Critical reception

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song five stars out of five, citing it a song that "suits Keith Urban and his life with wife Nicole Kidman." [6] Blake Boldt of Engine 145 gave the song a "thumbs down," stating that Urban is "at his best when exploring heart's aches and pains," and saying that it "lacks the excitement of past hits." [7]

Music video

The video for the song was directed by Chris Hicky. Filmed entirely in black-and-white, it shows Urban performing the song while seated on a stool in an empty bedroom, while home footage of his personal and professional life is shown projected onto the background. Keith would use this same setup (complete with black-and-white lighting) for his performance of the song at the 2011 ACM Awards.

Chart performance

"Without You" debuted at number 47 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts for the week of 19 February 2011. [8] It also debuted at number 95 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of 26 March 2011.

Chart (2011–12)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [9] 39
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) [10] 69
US Billboard Hot 100 [11] 52
US Hot Country Songs ( Billboard ) [12] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2011)Position
US Country Songs ( Billboard ) [13] 29

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA) [14] Gold500,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

Double-dagger-14-plain.png Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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