Passionate Kisses

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"Passionate Kisses"
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Single by Mary Chapin Carpenter
from the album Come On Come On
B-side "Middle Ground"
Released January 19, 1993
Genre Country
Length 3:23
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Lucinda Williams
Producer(s) Mary Chapin Carpenter
John Jennings
Mary Chapin Carpenter singles chronology
"Not Too Much to Ask"
"Passionate Kisses"
"The Hard Way"

"Passionate Kisses" is a Grammy-winning song penned by the American Alt Country performer Lucinda Williams and made famous by the 1993 single version by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Original Release[edit]

Williams recording of the song first appeared on 1988 eponymous release Lucinda Williams.

Mary Chapin Carpenter Version[edit]

Released in January 1993, "Passionate Kisses" it was the third single from Carpenter's album Come On Come On. The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in March 1993.[1] Carpenter's hit cover adheres closely in tempo, feel, and instrumentation to Williams' original recording similarly relying on the catchy guitar riff to anchor the record.[2] The recording enhanced Carpenter's crossover appeal and earned her the Best Female Country Vocal Performance Grammy in addition to securing song of the year honors for Williams in 1994.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Markus Blunder and premiered in early 1993. It was filmed in Washington, D.C.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 39
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[4] 17
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 57
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[7] 11
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[9] 69
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 67


  1. ^ Mary Chapin Carpenter Hot Country Songs Chart History
  2. ^ Bradley, Bob (1994). "Lucinda Williams: Passionate Kisses". The Journal of Country Music. XVIII (2): 37. Mary Chapin Carpenter's version of "Passionate Kisses" is virtually identical to Williams' Rough Trade take ... 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1734." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 17, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 1708." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 1, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1712." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 27, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Mary Chapin Carpenter.
  7. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Mary Chapin Carpenter.
  8. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Mary Chapin Carpenter.
  9. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Best of 1993: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 

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