Kiss the Girl

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"Kiss the Girl"
Song by Samuel E. Wright from the album The Little Mermaid
Recorded 1988-1989
Genre Calypso
Length 2:43
Label Walt Disney Records
Writer Alan Menken, Howard Ashman
Producer Alan Menken, Howard Ashman
The Little Mermaid track listing
"Les Poissons"
(9)
"Kiss the Girl"
(10)
"Fireworks"
(11)

"Kiss the Girl" is a song written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman for Walt Disney Pictures' 28th animated feature film The Little Mermaid (1989). Originally recorded by American actor Samuel Wright in his film role as Sebastian, "Kiss the Girl" is a calypso ballad; the song's lyrics encourage a young man to kiss his female love interest before it is too late.

"Kiss the Girl" had a mostly positive reception. The song was nominated for both an Academy and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but lost both to "Under the Sea", another song from The Little Mermaid soundtrack.

Background and composition[edit]

This song is written in the key of C Major. It took place in the scene where Ariel and Eric are in a boat and Sebastian tries to bring the mood.

Reception[edit]

Stage and live versions[edit]

On a two-part 1995 episode of Family Matters, "We're Going to Disney World", the song was played in the background on some love scenes between Stefan Urquelle (Played by Jaleel White) and Laura Winslow (Played by Kellie Shanygne Williams) throughout Disney World.

Cover versions[edit]

Simply Mad About the Mouse[edit]

In 1991, Soul II Soul released a version for the compilation Simply Mad About the Mouse: A Musical Celebration of Imagination.

The Chipmunks and The Chipettes[edit]

In 1995, Alvin and the Chipmunks recorded a version with The Chipettes providing background vocals for their Disney-themed album When You Wish Upon a Chipmunk.[1] Simon sings this song to convince a disgusted Alvin to kiss a girl named Vanessa.

Little Texas[edit]

Country music band Little Texas recorded a version on the 1996 album The Best of Country Sing the Best of Disney. This rendition peaked at number 52 on the Hot Country Songs charts.

Stellar Kart[edit]

Christian Punk band Stellar Kart covered Kiss the Girl on their 2012 Complimentary A Whole New World EP.

Peter André[edit]

"Kiss The Girl"
Single by Peter Andre
from the album Time (Japanese Version)
Released October 2, 1998
Format CD single, cassette
Recorded 1997
Genre Pop, calypso
Length 2:52
Label Mushroom Records
Writer(s) Ashman, Menken
Producer(s) Peter Andre
Peter Andre chronology
"All Night, All Right"
(1998)
"Kiss The Girl"
(1998)
"Mysterious Girl (2004)"
(2004)

When The Little Mermaid was re-released in cinemas, Peter André recorded a version of the song, which reached #9 on the UK Singles Chart. This version was later included on the Japanese issue of his third studio album, Time.

Music video[edit]

The video shows Andre performing the song in a recording studio. Scenes from the film are intercut with the video or shown on a backdrop behind Andre and the backing singers. There are slight references to water and the undersea world in the video. As Andre performs a beautiful girl comes in carrying water. Andre sees her and is immediately taken with her. He helps her clean up the water as she spills it and follows her into the next room where they gaze at each other through a fishtank. Andre tries to kiss the girl but she backs away. He follows her again as she goes outside and they share a kiss.

Track listing[edit]

CD1
  1. "Kiss the Girl" - 2:52
  2. "Mysterious Girl (1998)" (feat. Shaggy) - 4:14
  3. "Just for You" - 5:02
CD2
  1. "Kiss the Girl" - 2:52
  2. "Kiss the Girl" (Original Disney Version) - 2:49
  3. "Best of Me" - 4:03
Cassette / 7" vinyl
  1. "Kiss the Girl" - 2:52
  2. "Mysterious Girl (1998)" (feat. Shaggy) - 4:14

Ashley Tisdale[edit]

"Kiss the Girl"
Single by Ashley Tisdale
from the album The Little Mermaid
Released September 4, 2006 (Radio Disney)
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:23
Label Walt Disney Records
Writer(s) Alan Menken, Howard Ashman
Ashley Tisdale singles chronology
"Kiss the Girl"
(2006)
Last Christmas
(2006)

In 2006, when The Little Mermaid was re-released on DVD as a 2-Disc Platinum Edition, another rendition of the song was recorded by Ashley Tisdale. It was included on the re-release of the film's soundtrack on October 3, 2006.[2] It was later included on DisneyMania 5.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video, released on September 6, 2006, consists of a girl at a school dance. As she hangs out with her friends, she notices a boy repeatedly glancing at her. The boy's friend encourages him to talk to Tisdale, but every time he gets close, she goes somewhere else. The video ends with Tisdale asking him to dance, and then at the end she kisses him on the cheek. Tooth Tunes included the song in one of their products.[4] The music video is included as a bonus feature on the 2006 Platinum Edition release of the film.[5]

Charts[edit]

In the first week of April 2007, Tisdale's version of "Kiss the Girl" debuted on the Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles at #16. One week later, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #81.

Chart (2007) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [6] 81
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 [6] 74
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs [6] 68
UK Singles Chart 86

Brian Wilson[edit]

Brian Wilson included a cover on his 2011 album In the Key of Disney.

DisneyMania[edit]

Disney - Koe no oujisama[edit]

  • On 2012 album Disney - Koe no Oujisama Vol.2, which features various Japanese voice actors covering Disney songs, this song was covered by Hiro Shimono

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