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I Could Not Ask for More

"I Could Not Ask for More" is a song composed by American songwriter Diane Warren and originally recorded and released in February 1999, by American recording artist Edwin McCain as part of the original soundtrack of the romantic drama film Message in a Bottle, starring Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn and Paul Newman. It was a featured track in his third studio album Messenger and became a Billboard-charted Top 40 single in the summer of 1999.

"I Could Not Ask for More"
Single by Edwin McCain
from the album Messenger
ReleasedFebruary 1999
FormatCD single
GenreAlternative rock, indie rock
Length4:36 (album version)
4:09 (radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Diane Warren
Producer(s)Matt Serletic and Noel Golden
Edwin McCain singles chronology
"What Matters"
"I Could Not Ask for More"
"Go Be Young"

In 2001, American country music artist Sara Evans popularly covered the song, sending her rendition to No. 2 on Billboards Hot Country Songs chart.


Chart performanceEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1999–2000) Peak
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[1] 1
Canada (RPM)[2] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 37
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[3] 3
US Billboard Adult Top 40[3] 6
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40[3] 21

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 61

Sara Evans versionEdit

"I Could Not Ask for More"
Single by Sara Evans
from the album Born to Fly
B-side"Born to Fly"
ReleasedFebruary 12, 2001
FormatCD single
LabelRCA Nashville
Songwriter(s)Diane Warren
Producer(s)Sara Evans, Paul Worley
Sara Evans singles chronology
"Born to Fly"
"I Could Not Ask for More"
"Saints & Angels"
Music video
"I Could Not Ask for More" at

Released in February 2001, Sara Evans' cover version of the song was the second single from her third studio album Born to Fly (2000). Evans' version was a Top 5 hit on the country music charts.

Music videoEdit

The Sara Evans music video features her in White Sands National Monument singing the song in different outfits and frequently sitting in different chairs throughout the video.

Chart performanceEdit

"I Could Not Ask for More" debuted at number 52 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the week of February 17, 2001. It soon reached #2 on that chart, behind "I'm Already There" by Lonestar.

Chart (2001) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 35

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2001) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 18


  1. ^ Canadian AC peak
  2. ^ Canadian peak
  3. ^ a b c d "Edwin McCain - I Could Not Ask for More (Billboard chart history)". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
  4. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM. December 13, 1999. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  5. ^ "Sara Evans Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Sara Evans Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Best of 2001: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2001. Retrieved August 14, 2012.

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