Cry (Faith Hill song)

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"Cry"
Single by Faith Hill
from the album Cry
B-side "Wicked", "Shadows"
Released September 30, 2002
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:42
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Writer(s) Angie Aparo
Producer(s) Marti Frederiksen
Faith Hill singles chronology
"There You'll Be"
(2002)
"Cry"
(2002)
"When The Lights Go Down"
(2003)

Cry” was the first single from American Country singer Faith Hill's 2002 Cry album. Before her rendition, the song was recorded by its writer, Angie Aparo, for his 1999 album, The American.

Originally released to country radios, "Cry" crossed over to adult contemporary radios. It spent 11 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[1] The song eventually peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, in the United States. "Cry" reached number three on the Canadian Singles Chart and was a Top 30 success in the United Kingdom and Australia.

In 2003, at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards, Hill won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Cry", marking her second win in the category.

This song appears on the video game Karaoke Revolution Volume 2.

In 2012, Cassadee Pope performed "Cry" in the finale of the third season of NBC's The Voice. Her version of the song peaked at number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Music video[edit]

The video accompanying the song (directed by Mike Lipscombe, produced by Michael J. Pierce) shows Faith encountering past phases of her life and unrequited love, moving from happy, carefree childhood, through adult betrayal to bitterness and the desire for emotional revenge, all taking place in the atmospheric, rain soaked shell of an old mansion surrounded by a neglected garden. As each scene comes to life, different parts of the dilapidated ruin return magically to their former glory - as if receiving a fresh lick of paint before our eyes. But with the renewed memories, Faith revisits the raw hurt of rejection. The video is notable for its use of driving rain and a brooding presence to evoke the tragic memories, giving rise to the "wet look" Faith, which is showcased in the album's promotional photography. The last iconic scene shows a rusty old Cadillac Eldorado, abandoned in the murky, overgrown garden coming back to life, as a 'childhood Faith' with her friend get in the back seat - but only 'semi-materialised', followed by the adult Faith, wearing a stylish, sleek, black dress getting in the drivers seat. The final shot shows her head slumping down on the steering wheel in despair, the past hurt still not resolved. It is one of Faith's most powerful performances, aided by a classy arrangement and has provoked a plethora of responses from people sharing their own moving experiences of rejection and betrayal.

Track listings[edit]

  1. Cry - 3:46
  2. Wicked - 4:02 (also included on Japanese editions of the Cry album)
  3. Shadows - 4:29
UK Cassette Single
  1. "Cry" - 3:46
  2. "Wicked" -4:02

Chart performance[edit]

Released in mid-2002, "Cry" proved to be less successful than the title track, "Breathe," from Hill's previous album, Breathe. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Country Chart and #33 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song achieved its greatest success on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it spent 11 weeks at #1.[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 29
Canadian Singles Chart 3
UK Singles Chart 25
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 33
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 12
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[6] 19

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Preceded by
"A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton
"Can't Stop Loving You" by Phil Collins
"O Holy Night" by Josh Groban
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
November 9–23, 2002
December 7–21, 2002
January 11 – February 8, 2003
Succeeded by
"Can't Stop Loving You" by Phil Collins
"O Holy Night" by Josh Groban
"Landslide" by Dixie Chicks