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Help Me
Help Me cover
{{{Type}}} by Joni Mitchell
Released March 1974
Recorded 1973
Genre Folk jazz
Length 3:22
Label Asylum
Producer Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell chronology
"Raised On Robbery"
(1973)
"Help Me"
(1974)
"Free Man in Paris"
(1974)

"Help Me" is a love song written, produced, and performed by Joni Mitchell, from her 1974 album Court and Spark. The song was recorded with jazz band Tom Scott's L.A. Express as the backing band.[1] "Help Me" was Mitchell's biggest hit single: it peaked at #7 in June 1974 on the Billboard Hot 100, her only top 10 hit; it hit #1 on the easy listening chart.[2]


Critical receptionEdit

The song is ranked #288 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[3]

CoversEdit

Artists who have recorded cover versions of the song include:

In popular cultureEdit

The Prince song "Ballad of Dorothy Parker" (from his 1987 album Sign o' the Times) mentions the song in the lyrics. A reference to "Help Me" - "Joni, help me; I think I'm falling" - can also be heard in "Looking Through Patient Eyes" by P.M. Dawn.

In the show South Park, the character Butters briefly sings this song in episode 2 of season 11, "Cartman Sucks". In the sixth season of TV series Shameless main character Frank Gallagher and his lover Queenie sing during breakfast the first half of the song.

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1974) Peak
position
Canada RPM Top Singles 6
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [4] 7
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[2] 1
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[5] 8


Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1974) Rank
Canada RPM Top Singles [6] 82
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [7] 53
U.S. Cash Box [8] 50


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Help Me by Joni Mitchell Songfacts. Retrieved on October 9, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 172.
  3. The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. RollingStone.com. Retrieved on September 16, 2008.
  4. Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - Template:ISBN
  5. Cash Box Top 100 6/15/74 (1974-06-15). Retrieved on October 9, 2016.
  6. Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved on October 9, 2016.
  7. Top 100 Hits of 1974/Top 100 Songs of 1974. Retrieved on October 9, 2016.
  8. Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1974 (1974-12-28). Retrieved on October 9, 2016.

External linksEdit

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