That’s My Jam: Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You

That’s My Jam is a weekly feature where one person from the Selective Hearing staff goes to wax poetic about music that is pivotal to their musical tastes. Whether that would be an album, a song, or anything in-between. We all had to start somewhere.

Savage Garden Affirmation

Release Date:  January 4, 2000

Track Listing

  1. I Knew I Loved You
  2. I Knew I Loved You (Extended Remix Instrumental Version)
  3. I Knew I Loved You (Daniel’s Remix)
  4. Mine (And You Could Be)


Savage Garden. I’m sure that’s a name some of you older folks haven’t heard in a very long time. Released in the days of yore, known as the year 2000, I Knew I Loved You, was the second single from the Australian duo’s Affirmation album.

This song was also their second number-one single in the US after Truly Madly Deeply peaked at the top spot at the end of January 2000, and it was the last song by an Australian act to top the Billboard Hot 100 until Gotye hit the top with his song Somebody That I Used To Know in 2012.

To say this song was huge back in the day is an understatement. Its chart run lasted 124 weeks, with four of those at the top spot where it became the highest-played song on US radio in the year 2000.

And this is for good reason; as cheesy as the song may sound it is a finely crafted 4 minutes of balladry. I’m sure some of you remember this group had this on some sort of mix tape. Maybe some of you got laid while this song played in the background or used some of the lines from this song to get laid.

Hell, I bet some of you who go to idol handshake events could probably drop a few gems from this song if you don’t have anything clever to say. Who knows? Translated properly, it could work for you.

Besides being a great ballad, this song is also remembered for its video that features a young Kirsten Dunst. The plot ain’t rocket science to follow, and once you pick it up, you will see the video does complement the song quite nicely. Yes, kids, pop ballad videos have not changed in the 13 years since this was released.

Besides the main track, there is a dance remix of the title track by group member Daniel Jones. It’s okay, and it’s something I would have played back in my early DJ days, but now? I ain’t touching it. The final track, Mine (And You Could Be) is mostly filler in the grand scheme of this single. Take it or leave it, I guess.

Just listen to the original version of the song and skip everything else and bask in the glory of your wasted youth (if you are old) or take a chance on some ancient pop music. (if you are a youngin)

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