Kiss You Tonight

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"Kiss You Tonight"
David Nail - Kiss You Tonight.jpg
Single by David Nail
from the album I'm a Fire
Released March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:51
Label MCA Nashville
Songwriter(s) David Cook
Jay Knowles
Trent Summar
Producer(s) Frank Liddell
Chuck Ainlay
Glenn Worf
David Nail singles chronology
"Whatever She's Got"
"Kiss You Tonight"
"Night's on Fire"
"Whatever She's Got"
"Kiss You Tonight"
"Night's on Fire"

"Kiss You Tonight" is a song recorded by American country music artist David Nail. It was released as the second single from Nail's third studio album I'm a Fire. The song was written by David Cook, Jay Knowles, and Trent Summar, and was released on March 3, 2014 in advance of the album release.


The song was written by David Cook together with Jay Knowles and Trent Summar. It was the third song Cook wrote after he moved to Nashville in 2012.[1] Although Cook went into the writing session intending to write for himself, he felt the song didn't fit him.[2] Trent Summar sang in the demo, and Ron Stuve pitched the song to Joe Fisher at UMG who put it on hold for David Nail.

According to Nail, "Kiss You Tonight" had the impact on him similar to what "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum had. He said that it "was a song that the first time I heard it I knew I was going to record it. There was just something about it that made me remember so many songs from the past that, you know there’s not a specific thing that jumps out at you the first time you hear it you just know, 'Hey, I wanna hear that again.'"[3]

The song is a track from the album I'm a Fire produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay and Glenn Worf.[4] On February 18, 2014, Nail announced that the song would be his second single from the album.[5][6] It was released to radio with an add date of March 3, 2014.

Critical reception[edit]

The song was largely well received by the critics. Matt Bjorke of Roughstock rated the song four stars out of five and described it as "a song that’s both contemporary and traditional sounding in melody", and has a "relatable "I messed up" message" about someone "wanting redemption with the lost girl of his dreams."[7] He also called David Nail's vocal delivery on the song "stellar", while Markos Papadatos of Digital Journal described his vocal as "infectious" and "captivating".[8] Billy Dukes of Taste of Country considered the song to be "a rare song that’s easily accessible, yet still has great emotional depth". He also said that the song "should become Nail’s biggest hit to date."[9] Think Country however demurred, and thought the song may struggle on the chart as "it is less distinctive than "Whatever She's Got"", the reviewer also added that the song is "not mind-blowing, but it's heartfelt".[10]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Chris Hicky and released via Esquire on May 15, 2014.[11][12] The video was shot in Las Vegas.[13]

Chart performance[edit]

"Kiss You Tonight" debuted at No. 54 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay for the chart dated March 29, 2014.[14] It peaked at No. 17 on the Country Airplay chart dated January 3, 2015, its 41st week on that chart.[15] It entered at No. 45 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of April 26, 2014, and peaked at No. 25 for the chart dated October 25, 2014.[16] As of December 2014, the song has sold 178,900 copies in the United States.[17]

Chart (2014–15) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[18] 3
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[19] 17
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[20] 25

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[21] 71
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[22] 77
Chart (2015) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[23] 83
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[24] 100


  1. ^ Brian Mansfield (April 10, 2014). "Which Idols did David Cook think took his advice?". USA TODAY. 
  2. ^ "Q&A Summary". David Cook Official. 
  3. ^ Coti Howell (March 1, 2014). "David Nail Drops a Teaser Video for New Single 'Kiss You Tonight'". 
  4. ^ "ASCAP Audio Portrait: David Nail's I'm a Fire", ASCAP, January 14, 2014 
  5. ^ Coti Howell (March 1, 2014). "David Nail Drops a Teaser Video for New Single 'Kiss You Tonight'". Taste of Country. 
  6. ^ "David Nail Releases Second Single "Kiss You Tonight" from I'm A Fire to be Released March 4th". 
  7. ^ Matt Bjorke (February 24, 2014). "Single Review: David Nail - Kiss You Tonight". Roughstock. 
  8. ^ Markos Papadatos (February 27, 2014). "Review: David Nail mesmerizes on new country single 'Kiss You Tonight'". Digital Journal. 
  9. ^ Dukes, Billy (March 25, 2014). "David Nail, 'Kiss You Tonight' – Critic's Pick [Listen]". Taste of Country. 
  10. ^ "David Nail". Think Country. 
  11. ^ James Joiner (May 15, 2014). "EXCLUSIVE: Watch David Nail's 'Kiss You Tonight' Video". Esquire. 
  12. ^ Conaway, Alanna (May 16, 2014). "David Nail Releases "Kiss You Tonight" Video Via Esquire". Roughstock. Archived from the original on May 21, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ "VIDEO: David Nail's "Kiss You Tonight"". Spotlight Country. May 15, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ Gary Trust (March 17, 2014). "Chart Highlights: Pharrell's 'Happy' Takes Over A Host Of Airplay Charts". Billboard. 
  15. ^ "Country Airplay". Billboard. 
  16. ^ "Hot Country Songs". Billboard. 
  17. ^ Matt Bjorke (December 17, 2014). "Country Music's Top 30 Digital Singles: Week of December 17, 2014". Roughstock. 
  18. ^ "David Nail Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "David Nail Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "David Nail Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  21. ^ "Billboard Country Update for December 15, 2014" (PDF). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 15, 2014. p. 17. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Best of 2014: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Billboard Country Update for December 14, 2015" (PDF). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 14, 2015. p. 7. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Best of 2015: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015.