Breathe (Faith Hill song)

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Single by Faith Hill
from the album Breathe
B-side "It All Comes Down to Love"
Released October 4, 1999 (1999-10-04)
Format CD single
Genre Country pop
Length 4:09
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Certification Gold (US)
Faith Hill singles chronology
"The Secret of Life"
"The Way You Love Me"
Music sample

"Breathe" is a song written by Stephanie Bentley and Holly Lamar and recorded by American country music artist Faith Hill. It was released in October 1999 as the first single and title track from her album of the same name. "Breathe" became Hill's 7th number one on the country music charts in the US. The song spent six weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country charts in December 1999 and January 2000. It also peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 2000, having been blocked by "Maria Maria" by Santana featuring The Product G&B and "Try Again" by Aaliyah.

Chart performance[edit]

In October 1999, "Breathe" was released to country and pop radio. It spent six weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, seventeen weeks at number one on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, and one week at number one on the Adult Top 40 chart. The song also reached a peak of #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five non-consecutive weeks starting with the week ending April 22, 2000.

Even though "Breathe" never made it to No. 1 on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart, it was on the chart for 53 weeks and was thus named the number one single of 2000 on Billboard's year-end countdown. It was only the second song in the history of the Hot 100 to be named the No. 1 single of the year without making it to the top of the chart on any of the weekly surveys. (The first was "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in 1965, and the third was "Hanging By A Moment" by Lifehouse in 2001.)

In 2009, the single was named the 27th most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[1] The song was released in the UK in May 2000 and reached #33.

Music video[edit]

"Breathe'"s music video was ranked #4 on CMT's 100 Greatest Videos in 2008.[2] Faith revealed a more sultry side to herself in what would become one of the most controversial videos of her career. The video was shot in the desert and featured scenes of Faith writhing in a bed on the sand, covered only by a sheet.

CD singles[edit]

US CD single:

  1. Breathe [Pop Version] - 4:10
  2. It All Comes Down to Love - 4:16

US Promo The Hex Hector Remixes

  1. Breathe [Main 7" Mix - Recall] 3:55
  2. Breathe [Main 7" TV - Recall] 4:04
  3. Breathe [Main 7" Instrumental - Recall] 4:04
  4. Breathe [Main 7" Acapella - Recall] 3:44
  5. Breathe [Main Radio Edit] 3:58
  6. Breathe [Main Radio Edit TV track] 3:58
  7. Breathe [Main Radio Edit Instrumental] 3:58
  8. Breathe [Main Club Mix Vocal up] 10:10
  9. Breathe [Main Club Mix Instrumental] 10:10
  10. Breathe [Main Club Dub] 8:55

UK CD single

  1. Breathe [Pop Version] - 4:09
  2. This Kiss [Pop Radio Version] - 3:16
  3. What's In it For Me - 5:36

Europe promo

  1. Breathe [Pop Remix] 4:10
  2. Breathe [Hex Hector Radio Edit] 5:55

Europe maxi-CD

  1. Breathe [Tin Tin Out Radio Mix] 3:57
  2. Breathe [Radio Version] 4:08
  3. Breathe [Main Club Mix] 10:10
Other versions

Chart performance[edit]

"Breathe" debuted at number 47 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of October 9, 1999.[citation needed]


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[18]
Gold 800,000[19]
United States (RIAA)[18]
Gold 500,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone


  • The Brazilian singer Wanessa Camargo made a cover in Portuguese named "Eu Posso Te Sentir" (I Can Feel You).[20]
  • Smartbomb has covered Breathe on their CD "Yeah. Well, anyway ..."[21]
  • American singer and voice actress E.G. Daily auditioned with this song for the fifth season of the reality show The Voice.[22]




  1. ^ Hot 100 Decade Songs
  2. ^ "100 Greatest Videos". Retrieved 2008-07-29. [dead link]
  3. ^ " – Faith Hill – Breathe". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 7232." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 8, 2000. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 10004." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 20, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Faith Hill: Breathe" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  7. ^ " – Faith Hill – Breathe" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  8. ^ " – Faith Hill – Breathe". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ "". Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Faith Hill – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Faith Hill.
  11. ^ "Faith Hill – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Faith Hill.
  12. ^ "Faith Hill – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Faith Hill.
  13. ^ "Faith Hill – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Faith Hill.
  14. ^ "Faith Hill – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Faith Hill.
  15. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1999". RPM. December 13, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  17. ^ "Best of 2000: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2000. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "American single certifications – Hill, Faith – Breathe". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 2000". Billboard (BPI Communications Inc.) 113 (6): 64. February 10, 2001. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  20. ^ [1][dead link]
  21. ^ "Yeah. Well, Anyway... | Smartbomb Album | Yahoo! Music". Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  22. ^ E.G. Daily: "Breathe" - The Voice Highlight

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"When I Said I Do"
by Clint Black (feat. Lisa Hartman Black)
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

December 25, 1999–January 29, 2000
Succeeded by
"Cowboy Take Me Away"
by Dixie Chicks
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

December 20, 1999-January 10, 2000
Preceded by
by Lonestar
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

February 14, 2000-February 21, 2000
Succeeded by
"Back at One"
by Mark Wills
Preceded by
"I Knew I Loved You" by Savage Garden
"You Sang to Me" by Marc Anthony
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
April 22 - July 15, 2000
July 29 - August 5, 2000
August 26, 2000
September 30, 2000
Succeeded by
"You Sang to Me" by Marc Anthony
"Taking You Home" by Don Henley