Cry (Faith Hill song)

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Single by Faith Hill
from the album Cry
B-side"Wicked", "Shadows"
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2002
FormatCD single
GenreCountry · AC
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
Songwriter(s)Angie Aparo
Producer(s)Marti Frederiksen
Faith Hill singles chronology
"There You'll Be"
"When the Lights Go Down"

Cry” is a song recorded by American country singer Faith Hill; it was the first single from her fifth studio album of the same name (2002). The song was originally written and recorded by singer-songwriter Angie Aparo for his 1999 album, The American.

Originally released to country radios, "Cry" crossed over to adult contemporary radios. It spent 11 weeks at number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[1] The song eventually peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, in the United States. "Cry" reached number three on the Canadian Singles Chart and was a top 30 success in the United Kingdom and Australia.

In 2003, at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards, Hill won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Cry", marking her second win in the category.

This song appears on the video game Karaoke Revolution Volume 2 and was covered by Reagan Strange.

Music video[edit]

The video accompanying the song (directed by Mike Lipscombe, produced by Michael J. Pierce) shows Faith encountering past phases of her life and unrequited love, moving from happy, carefree childhood, through adult betrayal to bitterness and the desire for emotional revenge, all taking place in the atmospheric, rain soaked shell of an old mansion surrounded by a neglected garden. As each scene comes to life, different parts of the dilapidated ruin return magically to their former glory - as if receiving a fresh lick of paint before our eyes. But with the renewed memories, Faith revisits the raw hurt of rejection. The video is notable for its use of driving rain and a brooding presence to evoke the tragic memories, giving rise to the "wet look" Faith, which is showcased in the album's promotional photography. The last iconic scene shows a rusty old Cadillac Eldorado, abandoned in the murky, overgrown garden coming back to life, as a 'childhood Faith' with her friend get in the back seat - but only 'semi-materialised', followed by the adult Faith, wearing a stylish, sleek, black dress getting in the drivers seat. The final shot shows her head slumping down on the steering wheel in despair, the past hurt still not resolved. It is one of Faith's most powerful performances, aided by a classy arrangement and has provoked a plethora of responses from people sharing their own moving experiences of rejection and betrayal.

Track listings[edit]

US 7" single/UK cassette single

  1. "Cry" – 3:46
  2. "Wicked" – 4:02

Australia/Germany/Japan CD single

  1. Cry – 3:46
  2. Wicked – 4:02 (also included on Japanese editions of the Cry album)
  3. Shadows – 4:29

Chart performance[edit]

Released in mid-2002, "Cry" proved to be less successful than the title track, "Breathe," from Hill's previous album, Breathe. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Country Chart and number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song achieved its greatest success on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it spent 11 weeks at number one.[2]


Chart (2002) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 35
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 43
Brazil (ABPD)[5] 85
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[6] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 93
Hungary (Single Top 40)[8] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 50
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 83
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 16
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 20
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[13] 25
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[14] 19
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 48
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 72
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 25
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 33
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[19] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[20] 19
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[21] 12


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[22] Gold 5,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone



  1. ^ Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart info Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  2. ^ Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart info Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  3. ^ " – Faith Hill – Cry". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ " – Faith Hill – Cry" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  7. ^ " – Faith Hill – Cry". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "Chart Track: Week 42, 2002". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  10. ^ " – Faith Hill – Cry" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  11. ^ " – Faith Hill – Cry". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ " – Faith Hill – Cry". VG-lista.
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  14. ^ " – Faith Hill – Cry" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  15. ^ " – Faith Hill – Cry". Singles Top 100.
  16. ^ " – Faith Hill – Cry". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  18. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  21. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  22. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Faith Hill – Cry". Music Canada. Retrieved September 3, 2019.

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