On this day 19 years ago, Savage Garden released ‘I Knew I Loved You’ as the lead single from their second album, ‘Affirmation’.
The song was born after the group’s label executive asked for another ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’, and Darren Hayes has said it was written in just 40 minutes to keep the record label happy.
‘I Knew I Loved You’ peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, becoming their second #1 in the US after ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’, and it spent 4 weeks on top. There have only been 30 songs in history by Australian artists to hit #1 in America, and Savage Garden are one of only 5 acts to have 2 on that list. It was also the most-played song on US radio in the year 2000.
The song still holds the record for the most weeks on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart with 124 weeks (‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ is second with 123 weeks) and was #1 on the Decade-End Adult Contemporary chart.
It became the group’s third #1 single in Canada, and their fifth Top 5 hit in Australia.
The music video, which featured actress Kirsten Dunst, is still blocked in Australia and New Zealand even after Darren Hayes publicly posted his disappointment at Sony Music in 2016 about his music videos being blocked unnecessarily around the world.
The song has also won numerous awards including Billboard Music Awards, an ASCAP Pop Award, and APRA Awards.
Notable Chart Positions:
- Australia: #4
- Canada: #1
- Iceland: #15
- Ireland: #18
- Italy: #15
- New Zealand: #3
- Norway: #7
- Romania: #1
- Sweden: #3
- UK: #10
- US: #1
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