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"Never Knew I Needed" is the romance song sung by Ne-Yo during the credits of The Princess and the Frog. The song, produced by Chuck Harmony, is heard during the ending credits of the film and is also the first single from the film's original soundtrack. The song had an accompanying music video which was in heavy rotation on the Disney Channel. The song was sent to rhythmic radio in the U.S. on October 27, 2009. It was released as a digital download on November 3, 2009. The song reached number 56 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song also has an official remix that features Cassandra Steen.

Lyrics

Ooh
For the way you changed my plans
For being the perfect distraction
For the way you took the idea that I have
Of everything that I wanted to have
And made me see there was something missing,
Oh yeah

Ooh
For the ending of my first begin
Ooh, yeah yeah, ooh, yeah, yeah, ooh
And for the rare and unexpected friend
Ooh, yeah yeah, ooh, yeah, yeah, ooh
For the way you're something that I'd never choose
But at the same time, something I don't wanna lose
And never wanna be without ever again
Ahh, ahh, ooh, ooh, ooh

You're the best thing
I never knew I needed
So when you appeared
I had no idea
You'd be the best thing
I never knew I needed
So now it's so clear
I need you here always

My accidental happily
Ever after
Whoa
The way you smile and how you comfort me
With your laughter
I must admit you were not a part of my book
But now if you open it up and take a look
You're the beginning and the end of every chapter
Ahh, ahh, ooh, ooh, ooh

You're the best thing
I never knew I needed
Whoa
So when you appeared
I had no idea

You'd be the best thing
I never knew I needed
Whoa
So now it's so clear
I need you here always


Who knew that I could be
Whoa oh, oh
So unexpectedly
Whoa oh, oh
Undeniably
Happier
Sitting with you right here, right here next to me

'Cause you're the best thing
I never knew I needed
Said I needed
Whoa oh, oh
So when you appeared
I said I had no idea
I had no idea

You'd be the best thing
I never knew I needed
Whoa oh, oh whoa
So now it's so clear
So clear
I need you here always
Oh baby, baby, baby please
Now it's so clear
I need you here always

Music video

The music video was directed by Melina. It was released on October 29, 2009.

The video pays homage to several scenes in The Princess and the Frog. It takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana in possibly the jazz age—the time period the film is set. It starts with Ne-Yo walking through the empty streets fantasizing about a woman as jazz musicians play behind him. He walks into a restaurant where he works as a waiter the woman / "Princess" character is a beautiful and clearly wealthy customer who is dining with her family. Ne-Yo then goes into an empty warehouse which he imagines is a kitchen (homage to the scene in which Almost There is performed). He dreams the woman has come to visit him and they are eating some of Ne-Yo's cooking and having a good time with each other. Ne-Yo then takes a streetcar and he sees the woman with her family outside the home through the window. The woman looks up and sees him on the streetcar and runs after it. This is intercut with Ne-Yo overlooking the bayou where a large portion of the Princess and the Frog takes place. He turns around and the woman is standing behind him the two run to each other and share a kiss while two frogs on the bayou are also seen kissing.

Charts

Chart (2009–10) Peak
position
German Singles Chart 64
Japan Hot 100 13
UK Singles Chart 99
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 56


v - e - d
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Media
Film: The Princess and the Frog

Television: A Poem Is...Sofia the First
Video Games: The Princess and the FrogKinect Disneyland AdventuresDisney Princess Enchanting StorybooksDisney UniverseDisney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure
Books: Little Golden BookUltimate Sticker BookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingTiana's Cookbook: Recipes for KidsGraphic NovelThe Art of The Princess and the Frog
Music: Original Songs and ScoreBayou Boogie

Disney Parks
Club VillainSorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Entertainment: Disney's BelieveDisney's Showtime SpectacularMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey's Royal Friendship FaireMickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Wondrous BookTiana's Showboat Jubilee!Villains Tonight!
Parade: Festival of Fantasy ParadeMickey's Soundsational Parade
Firework: Disney Dreams!Happily Ever AfterWorld of Color
Halloween: Celebrate the MagicDisney's Maleficious Halloween PartyDr Facilier's Carnival-LoweenFrightfully Fun ParadeHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsMickey and his Magic Halloween NightThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeThe Nightmare ExperimentVillains Mix and Mingle

Characters
TianaPrince NaveenRayLouisMama OdieJujuDr. FacilierLawrenceCharlotte La BouffEudoraJamesEli "Big Daddy" La BouffEvangelineAlligatorsReggie, Darnell and Two FingersStellaThe King of MaldoniaThe Queen of MaldoniaPrince RalphieThe Fenner BrothersFacilier's Friends on the Other SideFacilier's ShadowFirefly familyGeorgia
Objects
Facilier's TalismanLouis' TrumpetMama Odie's WandMama Odie's Gumbo Cauldron
Locations
New OrleansBayou of New OrleansMama Odie's TreeTiana's PalaceMaldoniaDr. Facilier's Voodoo EmporiumDuke's Cafe
Songs
Original songs: Down in New OrleansAlmost ThereFriends on the Other SideWhen We're HumanGonna Take You ThereMa Belle EvangelineDig a Little DeeperNever Knew I Needed

Bayou Boogie: Everyday PrincessLive To See You SmileShadow ManDo What I Wanna DoWhen You're In Love You'll UnderstandZippin' To The ZydecoI Was Born To Blow This HornPlay With The BandNight and DayLife In The SwampLove is a Magical MysterySing Away The BluesMama Odie's Kitchen Song

See Also
Disney RevivalElectric Holiday

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