"Need You Now" is a song originally recorded by the country group Lady Antebellum.  The single was instantly popular and was later covered by Adele and country singer Darius Rucker at the 2010 CMT Artists of the Year event, stunning the crowd. Adele's performance of the song received a nomination for a CMT Music Award.
The song is also featured on the deluxe version of Adele's chart topping album 21. Adele has stated that "Need You Now" had been all over the radio at the time she was writing the final track to record for 21, which was "Don't You Remember". "Need You Now" inspired her in many ways during the writing of "Don't You Remember".
When asked what it was about the song that she found so appealing, Adele responded, "It's just one of those songs. The amount of the times I've made a drunk fucking phone call! (laughs) It's just one of those songs, the minute you hear it ... 'a picture-perfect memory scattered on the floor.' Oh, my God, there we go! (laughs) It's one of those songs that everyone loves and everyone can relate to. It's one of those timeless songs. I've never heard two voices work so brilliantly either. It was incredible. I saw them live in Minneapolis about a month before the CMT [special], and it was one of the best shows I've ever seen."
Inspiration of "Don't You Remember"Edit
Adele had spoken fondly of "Need You Now", saying that it was a major influence on her writing of "Don't You Remember":
|“|| It's got quite a country tinge to it. What gave me the courage to try to do that musically was "Need You Now." When I was in the studio in Malibu, this was the last song I wrote while I was recording, and "Need You Now" was everywhere. You could not even change your radio station without it being played. You couldn't escape it and, luckily, I loved it! (laughs) Or it would have been awful! But the feeling the song gave me, I was trying to channel it in my own song.
Unlike my first record, when I was writing how 'your life is going to suck without me and I'll be fiiiine', you know, it suddenly dawned on me that my ex was actually pretty incredible. I wanted to write a song about how it was such a shame that we fell out of love, and we can't even remember why we loved each other and why we fell out of love. It seemed like a perfect subject, like this emotion could be in a country song.