Amazed

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"Amazed"
Lonestar - Amazed US single cover.jpg
Single by Lonestar
from the album Lonely Grill
B-side"Tell Her"
Released1999
Recorded1998–1999
Genre
Length
  • 4:00 (original)
  • 4:29 (remix)
LabelBNA (65755)
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Dann Huff
Lonestar singles chronology
"Saturday Night"
(1999)
"Amazed"
(1999)
"Smile"
(1999)
Alternate cover
Alternate US pop cover
Alternate US pop cover
Music video
"Amazed" on YouTube

"Amazed" is a power ballad[1] by American country music group Lonestar, released on March 22, 1999, for country radio and on December 13 of that same year for pop radio as the second single from their third studio album Lonely Grill (1999).[2] It is the band's longest-lasting number one single and biggest hit, spending eight weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart. The song was written by Marv Green, Aimee Mayo, and Chris Lindsey. A remix of the song was released in December 1999, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts in 2000. The song has sold over 1,650,000 digital copies in the US as of February 2016.[3]

Only five years after Lonestar's "Amazed" topped the Billboard Hot 100 did another country song top the chart, as Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" debuted at number one on the Hot 100 in 2005. "Amazed" and "Inside Your Heaven" are the only country songs in the 2000s decade to hit number one on the Hot 100.

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 of Westlife 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.

Content[edit]

"Amazed" is the second single from Lonestar's 1999 album Lonely Grill. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks and remained there for eight consecutive weeks until it was knocked off by "Single White Female" by Chely Wright. 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 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,[4] giving it the second-longest chart run of any country single in the 1990s.[5] In addition, the single crossed over into the pop airwaves entering the Billboard Hot 100 at number 81. It peaked at number 24 before falling off the Hot 100. It had sold 1,628,000 digital copies in the US as of December 2015.[3]

The song 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 number 45. On this second chart run, it hit number one on March 4, 2000. In doing so, it became the first power ballad to top the chart since Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" in 1998, as well as the first new country song to top the pop charts since Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's 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.

Only five years after "Amazed" topped the Billboard Hot 100 did another country song top the chart, as Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" debuted at number one on the Hot 100, in June 2005.[7] "Amazed" and "Inside Your Heaven" are the only country songs in the 2000s decade to hit number one on the Hot 100.[8]

In the United Kingdom, "Amazed" reached a peak of number 21 and spent 22 weeks in the charts. It spent 17 weeks in the top 40 without ever breaking into the top 20.

"Amazed" is in the key of A♭ major with a vocal range from F3 to A♭4.[9] The intro, verses, solo and outro are in A♭ major, the pre-choruses are in C♭ major, and the main choruses are in D♭ major.

Critical reception[edit]

A review in Billboard was mostly favorable, praising Richie McDonald's lead vocals for "perfectly convey[ing] the tenderness and wonder felt in a loving relationship" but saying that some of the lyrics were "a little too clichéd".[10]

Music video[edit]

Trey Fanjoy directed the music video for Lonestar's rendition. It premiered on CMT on July 20, 1999. It features the band performing the song in a dark room, and a model making seductive poses. The model is portrayed by Sunny Mabrey. This was the first video that Lonestar members do not wear cowboy hats, and Keech Rainwater no longer has long hair.

Track listing[edit]

US and Australia

  1. "Amazed" (Captain Mix) – 4:29
  2. "Amazed" (AC Mix) – 4:02

UK CD1

  1. "Amazed" (Pop Remix) – 4:00
  2. "Amazed" – 4:00
  3. "Lonely Grill" – 4:22

UK CD2

  1. "Amazed" (Mainstream Mix) – 4:29
  2. "Amazed" (Huff Mix) – 4:02
  3. "Amazed" (Mainstream Mix – Acoustic Version) – 3:58

Europe

  1. "Amazed" (Captain Mix) – 4:29
  2. "Amazed" (Huff Mix) – 4:02

Europe

  1. "Amazed" (Huff Mix) – 4:02
  2. "Amazed" (Captain Mix) – 4:29
  3. "Amazed" (Acoustic Version) – 3:58
  • The Captain Mix, Mainstream Mix are the same version. The AC Mix is the original "Acoustic Version" while the "Huff Mix" is the original album version. The Pop Mix is different to the Huff Mix, acoustic Mix and Captain/Mainstream Mix.

Release history[edit]

Format Release date
United States (country radio) March 22, 1999[citation needed]
United States (pop radio) December 13, 1999[citation needed]
United States (retail) February 8, 2000[11]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[37] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[40]
(physical)
Gold 500,000[39]
United States (RIAA)[40]
(digital)
Gold 1,650,000[3]
Summaries
United States 2,150,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Duncan James version[edit]

"Amazed"
Duncan james amazed.JPG
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)
Recorded2006
GenrePop
Length3:58
LabelInnocent
Songwriter(s)
  • Marv Green
  • Chris Lindsey
  • Aimee Mayo
Producer(s)Matt Prime
Duncan James singles chronology
"Can't Stop a River"
(2006)
"Amazed"
(2006)
Music video
"Amazed" on YouTube

"Amazed" was the third and final single released from Future Past, the debut album of Duncan James, member of the English 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 number 181 on the German Singles Chart.

Track listing[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 Chart 181
Italian Singles Chart[41]
41
Turkish Singles Chart 214

Fady Maalouf version[edit]

"Amazed"
Amazed-fady-maalouf.jpg
Single by Fady Maalouf
from the album Blessed
Released2008
Recorded2008
GenrePop
LabelColumbia Deutschland
Songwriter(s)
  • Marv Green
  • Chris Lindsey
  • Aimee Mayo
Fady Maalouf singles chronology
"Blessed"
(2008)
"Amazed"
(2008)
"Show Me Your Love"
(2009)
Music video
"Amazed" on YouTube

In 2008, the runner up of the fifth season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar, the German version of Pop Idol, 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 Blessed album's double CD rerelease, titled Blessed: New Edition.

Maalouf's version was a hit in Germany where it reached number 26[42] in the German Singles Chart. It was also released in Austria, reaching number 52 in the Austrian Singles Chart.

Track listing[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 Chart 26
Austrian Singles Chart 52

References in other media[edit]

In 2014, country music duo Haley & Michaels co-wrote their debut single "Just Another Love Song" with Lonestar lead vocalist Richie McDonald. The song makes lyrical reference to "Amazed", and features McDonald singing its chorus.[43]

References[edit]

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