On this day in 1999, Savage Garden released ‘I Knew I Loved You’ as the lead single from their second and final studio 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 the group’s second #1 in the US after ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’, and it spent four weeks on top. There have only been thirty songs in history by Australian artists to hit #1 in America, and Savage Garden are one of only five acts to have two 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, and charted within the Top 20 in numerous countries around the world.
The music video, which featured actress Kirsten Dunst, has over 135 million views despite being blocked in most countries until last year.
The song has also won numerous awards including Billboard Music Awards, an ASCAP Pop Award, and APRA Awards.
Watch the music video: