Kiss a Girl

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"Kiss A Girl"
Keith Urban Kiss a Girl.jpg
Single by Keith Urban
from the album Defying Gravity
Released10 March 2009 (2009-03-10)
GenreCountry rock
LabelCapitol Nashville
Keith Urban singles chronology
"Sweet Thing"
"Kiss A Girl"
"Only You Can Love Me This Way"

"Kiss a Girl" is a song recorded by Australian country music singer Keith Urban. It was released in March 2009 as the second single from his 2009 album Defying Gravity. The song reached number three on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The song also became his highest peak on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 16, and his only top 20 on that chart to date. Urban co-wrote this song with Monty Powell.

Along with eventual Idol winner Kris Allen, Urban performed the song live during the finale of the eighth season of American Idol on 20 May 2009.


"Kiss a Girl" is a moderate up-tempo song in which the male narrator expresses a desire to fall in love with a female.

Critical reception[edit]

Thom Jurek of AllMusic cited "Kiss a Girl" as a standout track on the album, calling it a "tight little rocker". He said that it and "Sweet Thing", the album's first single, "are 21st century equivalents of rock & roll love songs."[1] Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine described the song unfavorably, saying that it was a retread of his previous single "Sweet Thing", which itself was described as a retread of Urban's earlier material.[2]

Music videos[edit]

Both a finalised and a promotional music video for "Kiss a Girl" are available for view on CMT and were both directed by Chris Hicky.

Promotional video[edit]

The promotional video for the song premiered in April 2009 on CMT's website. It consists of Urban and his band performing in front of a green screen. Some of these scenes were later edited and included the TV video.

Official video[edit]

The official video was found on iTunes on 25 May 2009. It consists of Urban and the band performing in an animated city. Also included is two people who eventually find each other and fall in love. At the end, the ferris wheel they ride displays "KISS" on each car, a reference to the song's title.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
1."Kiss a Girl" (single mix)3:46
2."Kiss a Girl" (album mix)
  • Urban
  • Powell
3."Only You Can Love Me This Way"
Total length:11:34

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[13] Gold 35,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide 10 March 2009 Digital download Capitol Nashville [15]
United States 16 March 2009 Country radio Capitol [16]
Australia 14 July 2009 CD single [17]


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  2. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (30 March 2009). "Defying Gravity review". Slant. Archived from the original on 3 April 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  3. ^ "ARIA Report (Issue #1005)" ARIA Top 100 Singles. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
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  10. ^ "Adult Contemporary Songs - Year-End 2009". Billboard. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Country Songs - Year-End 2009". Billboard. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
  12. ^ "Adult Contemporary Songs – Year-End 2010". Billboard. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  13. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2021 Singles" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Keith Urban – Kiss a Girl". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  15. ^ Heather (4 March 2009). "Keith Urban Releasing Weekly Singles Until Album Debut". Crushable. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Single Releases". MusicRow. Archived from the original on 22 March 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Kiss a Girl - Keith Urban". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 February 2017.