You Need Me

Album: + (2011)
Charted: 4


  • After being told by his original managers that he needed to conform to succeed by dying his ginger hair and ditching his unique loop-pedal rapped delivery, Sheeran responded by penning this song. A live version of the tune, which Sheeran filmed for leading youth broadcaster SB:TV in February 2010, immediately racked up 100,000 hits in two days on YouTube.
  • The song was chosen as the second single and follow up to his breakthrough hit "The A Team." It was released on August 28, 2011 in the United Kingdom. "I was told by countless people that it wouldn't get anywhere and that I should stop playing it, so to actually have it as my second single is flippin' wicked" said Sheeran.
  • The song is also known by its longer title, "You Need Me, I Don't Need You."
  • The music video was directed by Emil Nava (Jessie J, Devlin) and features 17-year-old actor Matthew Morgan signing the lyrics to the song.
  • Ed Sheeran sees his songs in color. "All my songs have colors," he's said. "'You Need Me I Don't Need You' for example is aubergine. It's a sad song about struggling."

Comments: 2

  • Siahara Shyne Carter from United StatesWooww! I love heartbroken songs Even though I wasn't heartbroken yet but I can't feel the MUSIC
  • Brianna from Phoenix, AzHe released an earlier version of this song in 2011
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