Give Me One Reason

"Give Me One Reason" is a song written and performed by American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. It was included on her fourth studio album, New Beginning (1995), and was released as a single in various territories between November 1995 and March 1997. The song is Chapman's biggest US hit to date, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100. It is also her biggest hit in Australia, where it reached number three as well, and it topped the charts of Canada and Iceland. Elsewhere, the song reached number 16 in New Zealand, but it underperformed in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 95 in March 1997.

"Give Me One Reason"
Tracy Chapman - Give Me One Reason.jpg
Single by Tracy Chapman
from the album New Beginning
B-side"The Rape of the World"
ReleasedNovember 19, 1995 (1995-11-19)
GenreBlues rock[1]
Length4:30
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)Tracy Chapman
Producer(s)
Tracy Chapman singles chronology
"Dreaming on a World"
(1992)
"Give Me One Reason"
(1995)
"New Beginning"
(1996)
Audio sample
"Give Me One Reason"

Chapman first performed "Give Me One Reason" during her 1988 tour, seven years before its release.[2] Chapman earned the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for the track, and it was also nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1997.[3] A version of this song featuring Eric Clapton was included on the 1999 compilation album A Very Special Christmas Live. A music video was released to promote the single.

Lyrics and styleEdit

The song is a classic twelve-bar blues, both in musical structure and the repeated lyrics in each verse and chorus. It is the story of an ending relationship, and a plea from the narrator to her partner for the partner to convince her to remain, to "give me one reason to stay here, and I'll turn right back around."

Cover versionsEdit

Since its release, the song has been covered by numerous artists in live performances and studio recordings.

Junior Wells recorded a cover of the song in 1996 featuring Sonny Landreth playing guitar.

Chimène Badi released a cover in 2006 for her album Live À L'Olympia.[4]

Aicelle Santos covered the song for her 2007 album Make Me Believe.[4]

In 2010, Lee Ritenour released a cover of the track featuring Joe Bonamassa and Robert Cray.

In 2015, Kelly Clarkson covered the song for SiriusXM, garnering over 2.5 million views.[5] She again covered the song for her talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, in 2021.[6]

In 2021, Black Stone Cherry released two versions of the song on the deluxe edition of their album The Human Condition. Their versions peaked at No. 25 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Airplay chart.[7]

Track listingsEdit

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[28] Platinum 70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[36] Gold 5,000*
United States (RIAA)[38] Platinum 1,100,000[37]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref(s).
Australia November 19, 1995 (1995-11-19) CD Elektra [14]
United States February 27, 1996 (1996-02-27) Contemporary hit radio [39]
March 19, 1996 (1996-03-19)
  • CD
  • cassette
[40][41]
United Kingdom March 10, 1997 (1997-03-10) [42]

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ "Kelly Clarkson - "Give Me One Reason" (Tracy Chapman Cover) [LIVE @ SiriusXM]". YouTube. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
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  7. ^ "Chart History: Black Stone Cherry (Mainstream Rock Airplay)". billboard.com. Retrieved 2021-04-16.
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