Can't Fight the Moonlight

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Can't Fight the Moonlight"
Single by LeAnn Rimes
from the album Coyote Ugly soundtrack
B-side "But I Do Love You"
Released August 22, 2000 (2000-08-22)
Recorded 2000; SARM West Coast, Royal Tone Studios, The Mastering Lab (Los Angeles)
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:35
Label Curb
Writer(s) Diane Warren
Producer(s) Trevor Horn
LeAnn Rimes singles chronology
"I Need You"
"Can't Fight the Moonlight"
"But I Do Love You"

"Can't Fight the Moonlight" is a song written by Diane Warren, recorded by country pop singer LeAnn Rimes. It appeared in the film Coyote Ugly and its soundtrack and was credited as the theme of the film.[1] Released as a single on August 22, 2000 by Rimes, the song reached the top twenty in every country it charted in, and peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, the song topped the charts in eight countries, including Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. "Can't Fight the Moonlight" became Australia's best-selling single of 2001.

The song appeared on Rimes's I Need You (2002) compilation album and The Best of LeAnn Rimes (2004) with the Graham Stack Radio Edit of the song (known as the "Latino Mix" internationally) included as a bonus track on the I Need You album as well as on the sequel soundtrack to the film, More Music from Coyote Ugly (2003). The remix was also included on her Greatest Hits (2003) album as well as on the remix edition of her Best of album.

A music video for the song was released in 2000 including clips taken from the Coyote Ugly film with Rimes performing at the "Coyote Ugly" bar.


Rimes originally auditioned for the 2000 film Coyote Ugly to sing "Can't Fight the Moonlight" at the ending with Piper Perabo but, once Rimes watched some cuts of the film, she decided to provide the singing voice for all the songs sung by Perabo[2][3] (this would include "But I Do Love You", as well as two other tracks on the soundtrack).[4]The vocals Rimes provided are altered in their pitch and vocal range in comparison to her natural vocal range; and, the closing scene, wherein she and Perabo's character sing, is effectively her duetting with herself.[3] The song's lyrics were slightly changed for film.[5]


"Can't Fight the Moonlight" was first released on the soundtrack for Coyote Ugly on August 1, 2000.[4] It was released in the US on a CD single on August 22, 2000 along with the song, "But I Do Love You" (also included on the soundtrack) as the B-side track.[6] The song was later released on a maxi-single which included several remixes of the song.[7] The song was also included on Rimes's 2002 compilation album, I Need You, with the Graham Stack Radio Edit of the song included as a bonus track.[8] In 2003, the Graham Stack Radio Edit of the song would be included on the More Music from Coyote Ugly soundtrack on January 28, 2003.[9] and Rimes's Greatest Hits album on November 18, 2003.[10] In 2004, the song was included on The Best of LeAnn Rimes,[11] while the Graham Stack Radio Edit (known as the "Latino Mix" internationally) was released on the remixed edition.[12]


"Can't Fight the Moonlight" is a pop song[13] of three minutes and thirty-five seconds.[8] The song is written by American Grammy Award-winning songwriter, Diane Warren and performed by American country pop singer, LeAnn Rimes. The verses are written in the key of E-flat major with the first and second choruses in D-flat minor[14] and the final chorus in D minor. The song is produced by Trevor Horn with executive production by Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathy Nelson and Mike Curb. Orchestral arrangements were done by David Campbell with engineering and mixing done by Steve MacMillan. Additional engineering was done by Tim Weidner, Greg Hunt, Gary Leach and Austin Deptula.[1] According to Warren it is the first song she'd written with so many key changes.[2] A review by Billboard praised producer Trevor Horn by stating "Oh-so creatively produced by Trevor Horn with guitars, lush layers of harmony, and a funky albeit delicate hip-hop track (no, really), this easy-flowing midtempo popper is a sassy number, demonstrating that Rimes has crossed the line to adult-leaning lyrics."[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Wendy Mitchell of Barnes & praised the song calling it "ultra-catchy".[15] Heather Phares of AllMusic considered the song to be a "positively Britney Spearsian power ballad".[16] A review in Billboard about Rimes and the song stated that the song "is by far her most compelling pop offering yet–and one of the more intriguing compositions of late from songwriter superwoman Diane Warren."[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached the top twenty in every country it charted in. It reached number one in the United Kingdom for one week in November 2000. It also reached number one in Australia in January 2001 and went on to become the highest selling single in Australia of 2001. It went triple platinum in Australia selling over 210,000 copies. In Ireland, it reached number one in November 2000 for two weeks and is currently the eighteenth best selling single in the history of the Irish Charts. In the U.S., it enjoyed two chart runs on the Billboard Hot 100. On its original chart run in 2000,[17] "Can't Fight the Moonlight" stalled at number seventy-one. It regained renewed interest in late 2001 and 2002, and rose up the charts to number eleven. In the U.S., the single is certified gold by the RIAA (which signifies sales of 500,000+ copies). The song spent forty-two weeks on the charts and sold 668,000 copies.[18]

As of 2014, it is Rimes's last song to chart in the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100 at number eleven. Due to Rimes's previous success in country music, even though this song was not officially released to country radio, it still made it at number sixty-one on the Billboard Country Song chart in its first release due to unsolicited airplay as an album cut.[19] It also has had the distinction of taking the longest time to reach the top 40, 29 weeks, until Of Monsters and Men's Little Talks took one week more in 2012.[20]

The single has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. It sold over 530,000 copies in the United Kingdom as stated by Britain's Official Charts Company. The song was the 12th best seller of 2000 in the UK and the 55th of the 2000 decade.[21]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was released in 2000 by Touchstone Pictures.[22] The video features Rimes singing at the "Coyote Ugly" bar, and dancing with Izabella Miko and the other girls who worked at the bar in the film. The video also features various scenes taken from the film.[23] The music video was included as a bonus feature on both the theatrical and uncut DVD releases of the film.[24]

Live performances[edit]

In 2001, Rimes performed the song on Music for High Places. The performance was later featured on the limited edition bonus DVD included with her Greatest Hits album.[25] Rimes also performed the song on Sessions@AOL.[26]

Track listings[edit]


Credits for "Can't Fight the Moonlight" adapted from the liner notes of the Coyote Ugly soundtrack.[1]



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[56] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Belgium (BEA)[57] Platinum 50,000*
France (SNEP)[58] Gold 340,000[59]
Netherlands (NVPI)[60] Platinum 60,000^
Sweden (GLF)[61] Platinum 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[62] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[63] Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[64] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Coyote Ugly (CD). Various Artists. Curb Records. 2000. D2-78703. 
  2. ^ a b Coyote Ugly (DVD) Touchstone Pictures. 2000. "Inside the Songs" bonus feature.
  3. ^ a b Lee, Michael J. (2007-03-22). "Radio Free Entertainment Exclusive Interview: Piper Perabo". 
  4. ^ a b "Coyote Ugly (2000 Film): Various Artists - Soundtrack: Music". Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  5. ^ Coyote Ugly Chapter 26: "Gut Check": In the film instead of "It'll steal your heart tonight" the line is "It will take you in tonight" in the first verse of the song.
  6. ^ a b "Can't Fight the Moonlight / But I Do Love You: Leann Rimes: Music". Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  7. ^ a b "Can't Fight the Moonlight [Remixes]: Leann Rimes: Music". Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  8. ^ a b "I Need You: Leann Rimes: Music". Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  9. ^ "More Music From Coyote Ugly: Various Artists: Music". Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  10. ^ Greatest Hits references:
  11. ^ The Best of LeAnn Rimes references:
  12. ^ "Best of: Remixed: Leann Rimes: Music". Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  13. ^ a b c Billboard - Google 도서. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  14. ^ "Can't Fight the Moonlight LeAnn Rimes Digital Sheet Music". Musicnotes, Inc. Alfred Publishing. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  15. ^ "Coyote Ugly, Music CD - Barnes & Noble". 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  16. ^ "Coyote Ugly by Soundtrack on Napster". Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  17. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart History for Can't Fight The Moonlight by LeAnn Rimes". 
  18. ^ Billboard - Google 도서. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g "Can't Fight the Moonlight [Theme from Coyote Ugly] - LeAnn Rimes". Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  20. ^ "Weekly Chart Notes: The Billboard Music Awards, Part 2". Billboard. 1970-08-29. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  21. ^ Radio 1 Official Chart of the Decade, as broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on Tuesday December 29, 2009, presented by Nihal
  22. ^ At the end of the music video it states (c) 2000 Touchstone Pictures.
  23. ^ "Videos : LeAnn Rimes : Can't Fight The Moonlight (Theme From "Coyote Ugly")". CMT. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  24. ^ DVD references:
  25. ^ Greatest Hits (CD/DVD). LeAnn Rimes. Curb Records. 2003. D2-78829. 
  26. ^ "LeAnn Rimes - Sessions@AOL - ""Can't Fight the Moonlight"" Video by LeAnn Rimes - AOL Music". Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  27. ^ "Can't Fight the Moonlight: Leann Rimes: Music". Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  28. ^ "Can't Fight the Moonlight / But I Do Love You / Can't Fight the Moonlight (Graham Stack Radio Edit) : LeAnn Rimes : Music". Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  29. ^ "Can't Fight the Moonlight: Leann Rimes: Music". Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  30. ^ "Can't Fight the Moonlight - O.S.T. [Vinyl Single]: Leann Rimes: Musik". 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  31. ^ " Can't Fight the Moonlight - O.S.T. [12 inch Analog]: Leann Rimes: 音楽". Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  32. ^ " Can't Fight the Moonlight: Leann Rimes: Music". Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  33. ^ "iTunes - Music - Can't Fight the Moonlight (Dance Mixes) - EP by LeAnn Rimes". 2000-08-22. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  34. ^ "iTunes - Music - Can't Fight the Moonlight (Dance Mixes) - EP by LeAnn Rimes". 2000-08-22. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  35. ^ Can't Fight the Moonlight (Promotional CD single). LeAnn Rimes. Curb Records. 2000. PRCD-300280. 
  36. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l ""Can't Fight the Moonlight", in various singles charts". Lescharts. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  37. ^ "LeAnn Rimes, Billboard charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  38. ^ "LeAnn Rimes singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  39. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 2010-12-09.
  40. ^ "Chart Track: Week 47, 2000". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  41. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 2001" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  42. ^ "Poland: Airplay Chart - Lista Krajowa 02/2001" Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  43. ^ "2001". Archived from the original on December 9, 2002. 
  44. ^ "Archive Chart: 2000-11-19". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  45. ^ "Archive Chart: 2000-11-19" UK Singles Chart.
  46. ^ "2001 Australian Singles Chart". Aria. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  47. ^ "2001 Austrian Singles Chart". Austriancharts. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  48. ^ "2001 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart". Ultratop. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  49. ^ "2001 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart". Ultratop. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  50. ^ "2001 French Singles Chart". Snep. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  51. ^ "INFINITY CHARTS: German Top 20". 2001-03-05. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  52. ^ "2001 Italian Singles Chart". Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  53. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 2001, The Official New Zealand Music Chart". RMNZ. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  54. ^ "2001 Swiss Singles Chart". Hitparade. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  55. ^ ARIA. "ARIA End of Decade Singles/Top 100" (PDF). Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  56. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  57. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2001". Ultratop & Hung Medien / 
  58. ^ "French single certifications – LeAnn Rimes – Can't Fight the Moonlight" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  59. ^ "InfoDisc : Les Certifications (Singles) du SNEP (Bilan par Artiste)". Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  60. ^ "Dutch single certifications – LeAnn Rimes – Can't Fight the Moonlight" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  61. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2001" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  62. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (LeAnn Rimes; 'Can't Fight the Moonlight')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  63. ^ "British single certifications – LeAnn Rimes – Can't Fight the Moonlight". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Can't Fight the Moonlight in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  64. ^ "American single certifications – LeAnn Rimes – Can't Fight the Moonlight". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]