"Without You" is a song sung by Mariah Carey that was originally sung in 1970 by rock group, Badfinger and then in 1971 by pop singer Harry Nilsson. Mariah's cover version was released as the third single from her "Music Box" album on January 23, 1994 and was produced by Mariah & Walter Afanasieff.

Song BackgroundEdit

Mariah's version of "Without You" is based on the Nilsson version instead of the Badfinger version. The single was released over a week after Nilsson died of a heart attack on January 15, 1994. The single was promoted as a double A-side with the song, "Never Forget You."

Mariah said she decided to cover the song when she heard it in a restaurant [even though when she performed the song in Tokyo, Mariah said she heard the song as a young girl].

Chart PerformanceEdit

The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying in the top 40 for 21 weeks and stay on the Hot 100 for 2 weeks.

The song was certified Gold by the RIAA and ranked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 1994 Year-End charts. Internationally, the song was successful especially in the United Kingdom where it topped the UK Singles chart for 4 weeks and certified Gold.

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