Who Needs Pictures (song)

"Who Needs Pictures" is a debut song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Brad Paisley. It was released in February 1999 as his debut single, as well as the first single and title track from his album Who Needs Pictures. It reached number 12 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Paisley wrote this song with Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois.

"Who Needs Pictures"
Single by Brad Paisley
from the album Who Needs Pictures
B-side"It Never Woulda Worked Out Anyway"[1]
ReleasedFebruary 1, 1999
LabelArista Nashville
Producer(s)Frank Rogers
Brad Paisley singles chronology
"Who Needs Pictures"
"He Didn't Have to Be"


The song's protagonist tells of finding an undeveloped camera, which contains pictures of him and his previous lover - enjoying themselves in Cozumel, Mexico, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At first, he considers developing the film in the camera, but then, he changes his mind, asking himself, "Who needs pictures / With a memory like mine?"

Music videoEdit

This was Paisley's first music video, directed by Jim Shea, was filmed in Los Angeles.[2]


Chart performanceEdit

"Who Needs Pictures" debuted at number 75 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs dated for the week ending February 6, 1999. It spent 31 weeks on the charts and peaked at number 12.[1]

Chart (1999) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 65
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 12

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 78
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 45


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 313. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ Archived pages of Brad Paisley fan questions at the Wayback Machine (archived October 9, 1999)
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 8474." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. September 6, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "Brad Paisley Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "Brad Paisley Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1999". RPM. December 13, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  7. ^ "Best of 1999: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.