The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)

Album: Juice (1981)
Charted: 7

Songfacts®:

  • This song was written for Juice Newton by her music partner Otha Young (Robert O. Young) for her 1975 debut album Juice Newton and Silver Spur, but she re-recorded it in 1981 for her groundbreaking album Juice, which spawned hits like "Angel Of The Morning" and "Queen of Hearts" along with this song.
  • This song was a Top 10 hit on three different Billboard charts: #1 on Adult Contemporary, #1 on Country and #7 on the Hot 100.
  • Country artist Jamie O'Neal told us about her admiration for this song, which she covered for Eternal, her aptly titled album of classic covers: "I think there's songs, like 'The Sweetest Thing,' that'll live on forever, and when you hear it, it takes you right back to where you were when that was a big hit for Juice Newton ... I think that song stands the test of time and that's what makes it a classic to me is the fact that everybody knows it. Not just in one little area of music, but across the board, everybody knows that song."

Comments: 2

  • Dave from Wheaton, IlSure wish the version with steel guitar was still posted on YouTube. I prefer that version, over the oboe dub.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 11th 1981, "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)" by Juice Newton entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #79; and 17 weeks later on February 7th, 1982 it peaked at #7 {for 2 weeks} and spent almost a half-year on the Top 100 {24 weeks}...
    It reached #1 {for 1 week} on January 24th, 1982 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart {also peaked at #1 in Canada & on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart}...
    Between 1978 and 1984 she had eleven Top 100 records; four made the Top 10 with "Queen of Hearts" being her biggest hit, it peaked at #2 {for 2 weeks} in 1981 and stayed on the Top 100 for over a half-year {27 weeks}...
    The two weeks "Queen of Hearts" was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "Endless Love" by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie...
    Ms. Newton, born Judy Kay Newton, will celebrate her 63rd birthday in four months on February 18th {2015}.
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