Kiss a Girl

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"Kiss A Girl"
Single by Keith Urban
from the album Defying Gravity
Released 10 March 2009 (2009-03-10)
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Country
Length 3:46
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Keith Urban and Monty Powell
Producer(s) Dann Huff and Keith Urban
Keith Urban singles chronology
"Sweet Thing"
(2008)
"Kiss a Girl"
(2009)
"Only You Can Love Me This Way"
(2009)

"Kiss a Girl" is a song co-written and recorded by Australian country music singer Keith Urban. The song is the second single from his album Defying Gravity. It was released digitally on 10 March 2009, and it made its debut on the Hot Country Songs charts at No. 29. The song peaked at No. 16 on the Hot 100, making it his highest peak on the chart and only Top 20 to date. It written by Urban and Monty Powell.

The song was performed live by Urban and eventual "Idol" winner Kris Allen during the finale of eighth season of American Idol on 20 May 2009.

The song is part of the tracklist for Now That's What I Call Country Volume 2.

Content[edit]

"Kiss a Girl" is a moderate up-tempo song in which the male narrator expresses a desire to fall in love with a female.

Critical reception[edit]

Thom Jurek of Allmusic cited "Kiss a Girl" as a standout track on the album, calling it a "tight little rocker". He said that it and "Sweet Thing", the album's first single, "are 21st century equivalents of rock & roll love songs."[1] Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine described the song unfavorably, saying that it was a retread of his previous single "Sweet Thing", which itself was described as a retread of Urban's earlier material.[2]

Music videos[edit]

Both a finalised and a promotional music video for "Kiss a Girl" are available for view at cmt.com and both directed by Chris Hicky.

Promotional Video[edit]

The promotional video for the song premiered first in April 2009 on cmt.com. It consists of Urban and his band performing in front of a green screen. Some of these scenes were later edited and included the TV video.

Official Video[edit]

The official video was found on iTunes on 25 May 2009. It consists of Urban and the band performing in an animated city. Also included is two people who eventually find each other and fall in love. At the end, the ferris wheel they ride displays "KISS" on each car, a reference to the song's title. This video debuted on CMT's Top Twenty Countdown at No. 11 for the week of 5 June 2009 and has peaked at No. 2. It also reached No. 3 on GAC's Top 20 Countdown.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009–2010) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[3] 34
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 16
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 11
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[6] 40
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Defying Gravity review". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (30 March 2009). "Defying Gravity review". Slant. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Keith Urban Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Keith Urban. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Keith Urban Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Keith Urban. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Keith Urban Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Keith Urban. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Keith Urban Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Keith Urban. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Keith Urban Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Keith Urban. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 

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