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You Are (Lionel Richie song)

"You Are" is the title of a popular song from 1983 by the singer-songwriter Lionel Richie. "You Are" was written by Richie and his then-wife, Brenda Harvey Richie. It appears on his self-titled debut solo album, which came out in 1982. It resumes where he left off with D-flat major tunes with Commodores' "Sail On" and "Still", and his solo effort "Truly".

"You Are"
You Are - Lionel Richie.jpg
Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Lionel Richie
B-side"You Mean More to Me"
ReleasedJanuary 1983
Format7" (45 rpm)
4:05 (7")
Songwriter(s)Lionel Richie
Brenda Harvey Richie
Producer(s)Lionel Richie
James Anthony Carmichael
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"You Are"
"My Love"

Released as the follow-up single to his number-one hit song "Truly", "You Are" reached the top five on three major Billboard music charts. On the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, the song spent two weeks at number four in early 1983.[1] It peaked at number two on the R&B chart (behind "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson), and spent six weeks at number one on the adult contemporary chart.[2] In the United Kingdom, the song reached number 43 on the British pop chart.[3]

"You Are" is a romantic song, although it has a more upbeat arrangement than many of Richie's slower ballads, including a horn section. Before achieving popularity for his own music, singer Richard Marx was a studio musician who can be heard singing backing vocals on "You Are" as well as other songs from Richie's debut album.


Chart (1983) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 43
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 4
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[6] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 2
Canada Top 50 Singles (RPM) 5

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ British chart positions at Official Charts Company
  4. ^ "Lionel Richie: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  5. ^ "Lionel Richie Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  6. ^ "Lionel Richie Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "Lionel Richie Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2017.

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