Amazed

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"Amazed"
Single by Lonestar
from the album Lonely Grill
B-side "Tell Her"
Released March 22, 1999
(See release history)
Format CD single, 7" 45 RPM
Recorded 1998
Genre Country (original)
Soft rock/pop (remix)
Length 4:00 (original)
4:29 (remix)
Label BNA 65755
Writer(s) Marv Green
Chris Lindsey
Aimee Mayo
Producer(s) Dann Huff
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Lonestar singles chronology
"Saturday Night"[1]
(1999)
"Amazed"
(1999)
"Smile"
(1999)
Alternative cover
Alternate US Pop cover
Music video
"Amazed" on YouTube

"Amazed" is a song written by Marv Green, Aimee Mayo, and Chris Lindsey. The first version of the song was recorded by the American country music group Lonestar, whose version was released in March 1999 as the second single from their 1999 album Lonely Grill. Lonestar's version is their longest-lasting Number One single and biggest hit, spending eight weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart. A remix later reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts as well. Since the release of the original, the song has been covered by Bonnie Tyler, Duncan James, and Fady Maalouf, all of whom have released their respective versions as singles. Ben Mills, Boyz II Men and Shane Filan have included covers in their respective albums.

On The Sing-Off (season 4, episode 3), judge Shawn Stockman, of Boyz II Men fame, mentioned that the song had been offered to them first, and they decided to turn it down.

"Amazed" was the last country-classified song to hit Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 until the week of September 1, 2012, when "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift climbed from No. 72 to No. 1.

Content[edit]

"Amazed" is in the key of A♭ major with a vocal range from F3 to A♭4.[2]

Lonestar version[edit]

Lonestar's rendition is the second single from their 1999 album Lonely Grill. The song spent eight consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart that same year. With this accomplishment, it set a record for the longest run at Number One on the country chart since Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems was initiated in 1990. This run was later tied by Alan Jackson's and Jimmy Buffett's 2003 single "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere", which spent eight non-consecutive weeks at Number One. "Amazed" spent 41 weeks on the country singles chart,[3] giving it the second-longest chart run of any country single in the 1990s.[4] In addition, the single crossed over into the pop airwaves entering the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 81. It peaked at No. 24 on before falling off the Hot 100. It had sold 900,000 copies in the US as of April 2011.[5]

"Amazed" was then remixed for pop radio (a tactic commonly used to present country-leaning songs to mainstream audiences) and the new mix's popularity prompted the single to re-enter the Hot 100 at No. 45. On this second chart run, it hit No. 1 on March 4. In doing so, it became the first country song to top the pop charts since Dolly Parton's and Kenny Rogers' 1983 duet "Islands in the Stream".[6] It also made Lonestar the first country band to place a song in the Top Ten of the Hot 100 year-end countdown. All remixes of the song made the single spend a combined total of 55 weeks in the Hot 100, and 41 weeks on Hot Country Singles & Tracks.

In the United Kingdom, Lonestar's version of "Amazed" reached a peak of No. 21 and spent 22 weeks in the charts. It spent 17 weeks in the top 40 without ever breaking into the top 20.

Music video[edit]

Trey Fanjoy directed the music video for Lonestar's rendition. It was released in July 1999. It alternates between shots of the band performing the song in a dark room, and a model making seductive poses. The model is portrayed by the beautiful Sunny Mabrey.

Tracklisting[edit]

USA
  1. "Amazed" (Captain Mix) - 4:29
  2. "Amazed" (AC Mix) - 4:02
UK CD1
  1. "Amazed" (Pop Remix)
  2. "Amazed" (Radio Edit)
  3. "Lonely Grill"
UK CD2
  1. "Amazed" (Mainstream Mix)
  2. "Amazed" (Huff Mix)
  3. "Amazed" (Mainstream Mix - Acoustic Version)
  • The Captain Mix, Mainstream Mix & Pop Remix are all the same version. The AC Mix is the original "Acoustic Version" while the "Huff Mix" is the original album version.

Release history[edit]

Format Release Date
United States (country radio) March 22, 1999
United States (pop radio) December 13, 1999

Charts[edit]

  • 1Re-release.
Preceded by
"Write This Down" by George Strait
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single
July 17 – September 4, 1999
Succeeded by
"Single White Female" by Chely Wright
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
July 19 – 26, 1999
Succeeded by
"You've Got a Way" by Shania Twain
Preceded by
"God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" by Alabama featuring 'N Sync
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
August 30 – September 13, 1999
Succeeded by
"Single White Female" by Chely Wright
Preceded by
"Just to See You Smile" by Tim McGraw
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single of the year
1999
Succeeded by
"How Do You Like Me Now?!" by Toby Keith
Preceded by
"Honey, I'm Home" by Shania Twain
RPM Country Tracks number-one single of the year
1999
Succeeded by
none
Preceded by
"I Knew I Loved You" by Savage Garden
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 4 – 11, 2000
Succeeded by
"Say My Name" by Destiny's Child

Duncan James version[edit]

"Amazed"
Single by Duncan James
from the album Future Past
B-side "Save This Moment For Me"
Released September 29, 2006 (Germany)
March 12, 2007 (UK)
Format CD Single (Germany)
Download (United Kingdom)
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop
Length 3:58
Label Innocent Records
Producer(s) Matt Prime
Duncan James singles chronology
"Can't Stop A River"
(2006)
"Amazed"
(2007)
Music video
"Amazed" on YouTube

"Amazed" was the third and final single released from Future Past, the debut album of Duncan James, a former member of the British boy band Blue. It was released in the UK on March 12, 2007, but was withdrawn just days later, following James' being dropped from his record label due to poor sales of his previous singles and album. The single was also released in some European countries, such as Germany, where it peaked at No. 181 on the German Singles Chart.

Tracklisting[edit]

UK CD Single
  1. "Amazed" [Radio Edit] - 3:57
  2. "Save This Moment For Me" - 4:42
Germany CD1
  1. "Amazed" [Radio Edit] - 3:57
  2. "Part Time Love" - 4:01
Germany CD2
  1. "Amazed" [Radio Edit] - 3:57
  2. "You Can" - 3:55
  3. "Part Time Love" - 4:01
  4. "Amazed" [Videoclip] - 3:57

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
German Singles Charts 181
Turkish Singles Charts 214


Fady Maalouf version[edit]

"Amazed"
Single by Fady Maalouf
from the album Blessed
Released 2008 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop
Label Columbia Deutchland
Fady Maalouf singles chronology
"Blessed"
(2008)
"Amazed"
(2008)
"Show Me Your Love"
2009
Music video
"Amazed" on YouTube

In 2008, the Lebanese-German singer Fady Maalouf released a cover version of the song as his second single release immediately after the big success of his debut single "Blessed". The song also appears in his debut album Blessed's double CD rerelease, entitled Blessed: New Edition. Maalouf's version was a hit in Germany where it reached No. 26[25] in the German Singles Chart. It was also released in Austria reaching No. 52 in the Austrian Singles Chart.

Track list[edit]

CD Single
  1. "Amazed" (3:58)
  2. "Vole mon ame" (3:42)
CD Maxi
  1. "Amazed" (3:58)
  2. "Vole mon ame" (3:42)
  3. "Show Me Your Love" (Dance version) (4:31)
  4. "Amazed" (Instrumental) (3:58)
  5. "Amazed" (Video)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
German Singles Charts 26
Austrian Singles Charts 52

Other cover versions[edit]

  • In 2000, by the German group Trademark (music video, as well).
  • In 2007, former X Factor contestant Ben Mills recorded a version for his debut album Picture of You.
  • In 2009, Boyz II Men made a cover in their 2009 cover versions album Love.
  • In May 2011, American Idol contestant and eventual season 10 winner, Scotty McCreery sang it during competition and a studio version was released after his interpretation.
  • South African singer Ray Dylan recorded a version on his album "Goeie Ou Country vol 2".[26]
  • On March 13, 2013, American Idol season 12 contestant, Paul Jolley sang it during Top 10 week.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bjorke, Matt. "Lonestar - Lonely Grill CD Review". about.com. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ Contemporary Country (1 ed.). Hal Leonard Corporation. 1999. pp. 4–8.  The sheet music is in A major, with a note that the song is recorded a semitone lower than written.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 244. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, p. 644
  5. ^ Paul Grein (April 7, 2011). "Chart Watch Extra: Lady A Makes Country History". yahoo!. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits. Billboard Books. p. 396. ISBN 978-0-8230-7738-0. 
  7. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 19, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  8. ^ "Lonestar Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Lonestar.
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Lonestar – Amazed". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 17, 2000. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  11. ^ "RPM Top Singles." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 17, 2000. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  12. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Lonestar – Amazed". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Lonestar – Amazed". VG-lista.
  16. ^ "Lonestar" UK Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Lonestar Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Lonestar.
  18. ^ "Lonestar Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Lonestar.
  19. ^ "Lonestar Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Lonestar.
  20. ^ "Lonestar Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Lonestar.
  21. ^ "1999 Year-End Chart". RPM. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
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  24. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Amazed" page by Fady Maalouf on the aCharts.us website
  26. ^ http://www.musica.co.za/cd/id/6005298030511/Ray_Dylan-Goeie_Ou_Country_-_Vol2#contents Retrieved 10 January 2014

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