Chris Janson Scores Fifth No. 1 Hit With Heartfelt Single, ‘All I Need Is You’

“All I ever wanted to be was on the radio and hear my songs,” the singer/songwriter shared.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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February 5, 2024

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Chris Janson; Photo by Dustin Haney

Multi-platinum recording artist Chris Janson has earned his fifth career No. 1 hit with his heartfelt single, “All I Need Is You.”

Penned by Janson with Ashley Gorley, Brad Clawson, and Mitch Oglesby, the tune serves as the lead track off the country singer’s most recent album The Outlaw Side of Me, and marks his debut single with Big Machine Label Group and Harpeth 60 Records – Janson’s imprint.

Expressing Gratitude Towards Country Radio

In a recent statement, the ACM Award winner shared his gratitude for all the people who had a hand in getting him to this career milestone. 

“Country Radio Friends – It’s hard to put into words my gratitude! Thank you all sincerely for this #1 song. This has been a great journey to get here, and we didn’t take one second of it for granted. All I ever wanted to be was on the radio and hear my songs. I thank you, ALL, once again, for making my dreams come true.  Love and appreciate all of you,” he said. 

Janson has likely received plenty of congratulatory messages from friends and family this week, including one special friend and global superstar, Dwane Johnson, aka “The Rock,” who gave him a shoutout on social media for his latest success on the airwaves

The Rock wrote, “Wow #1 Congratulations brother amazing news and well deserved!! 👊🏾 🥃”

The Story Behind “All I Need Is You”

A recent press release revealed that the inspiration for the song came to Janson while he was sitting on his back porch. As he gazed into the horizon before him, he suddenly noticed his wife, Kelly, through the window and realized that with her by his side, he feels he has just about everything he’s ever wanted in life. 

That sentimental discovery comes to light throughout the mid-tempo track as Janson describes some of his greatest wishes in life, like taking a road trip to a beach house on 30A in a Chevrolet, being the owner of a million-dollar lottery ticket and hearing Waylon Jennings on the radio again. However, as he goes on to say in the chorus, without his wife, none of those things would hold any value in his life. 

“When that sun goes down at the end of the day/ There’s just one thing I can’t lose/ If you’re by my side I’m better than alright/ Baby, all I need is you,” Janson delivers on the chorus. 

Along with the song itself, the music video also saw success as it recently claimed the No. 1 spot on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown. The video celebrates the simplicity of small-town living as it follows Janson and his wife cruising down the backroads and dancing around on the scenic front porch of their home.

YouTube video

This song fits perfectly into the theme of the Missouri native’s new album, The Outlaw Side of Me, which offers is an open look into is life as a rowdy country rocker with a romantic side. The 14-track project features stand-outs like “Rowdy Gentle Man,” “Honkytonk Minute” and “Dirt In My Life,” alongside two versions of the song “21 Forever.” One version features rock icon Slash, while the other welcomes Dolly Parton as an added guest alongside Slash. 

Additional collaborations include Brantley Gilbert on “Hank The Hell Out of The Honkytonk” and Darius Rucker on “Every Day of the Week.”

Headlining Shows Of 2024

Chris Janson is currently in the midst of his 2024 headlining tour, which kicked off January 19 in Bloomington, IL and is set to run through July.

In between those headline dates, fans can see Janson perform during the upcoming CBS Special – Dolly Parton’s Pet Gala, airing on February 21 on CBS and streaming on Paramount+. 

For more information on Chris Janson, including upcoming tour dates, visit chrisjanson.com.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.