This Kiss (Faith Hill song)
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|Single by Faith Hill|
|from the album Faith|
|B-side||"Better Days" "Somebody Stand By Me"|
|Released||March 3, 1998|
3:17 (Album Version)|
3:16 (Pop Remix)
|Label||Warner Bros. Nashville|
|Songwriter(s)||Beth Nielsen Chapman, Robin Lerner, Annie Roboff|
|Producer(s)||Faith Hill and Byron Gallimore|
|Faith Hill singles chronology|
"This Kiss" is a song written by Beth Nielsen Chapman, Robin Lerner, and Annie Roboff and recorded by American country music singer Faith Hill. It was released in March 1998 as the first single from her album Faith. The song became a crossover single, reaching number one on the U.S. and Canadian country charts and peaking in Top 10 on both the US pop and Adult Contemporary charts. It also reached the Top 10 in Australia and the Top 20 in the United Kingdom. The song was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song, losing both to "You're Still the One" by Canadian singer Shania Twain.
- This Kiss [Album Version] 3:18
- Better Days [Album Version] 3:36
UK vinyl, 12", promo
- A This Kiss (The Almighty Mix)
- B This Kiss (The Original Mix)
- This Kiss [Radio Version] 3:18
- Somebody Stand By Me 5:50
- This Kiss [Mr. Mig Mix] 3:47
"This Kiss" is an uptempo song where the female narrator expresses the joys of being in love through the act of her lover's kiss.
A video was shot to accompany the song, featuring Hill in a colorful fantasy-like sequence. She was featured swinging on a nectarine, jumping from flower to flower, and riding flying bees and butterflies. In her CMT Video Bio, Faith revealed that clothing she tried on and approved for the video just days prior to the shoot, was already too small because of her pregnancy when she arrived on set.
Hill was pregnant with her second daughter Maggie at the time and she was forced to alter her costuming for the video as a result. The video is notable for its extensive use of CGI technology, and won numerous awards for its creativity. A few months after the video's release, Faith (who was further along in her pregnancy by then) performed the song live at the 1998 ACM awards while dancing in a giant flower in the center of the stage, as a tribute.
Use in media
"This Kiss" also became the soundtrack for the 1998 movie Practical Magic. Hill performed the song at the VH1 Divas Live 1999 show. The song also scored Hill the Video Of The Year awards at the 1998 Country Music Association awards.
Italian singer Paola Turci released a cover entitled "Questione di sguardi" on her 2000 album Mi basta il paradiso.
The following musicians perform on this track:
- Mike Brignardello – bass guitar
- Larry Byrom – acoustic guitar
- Beth Nielsen Chapman – background vocals
- Glen Duncan – fiddle
- Sonny Garrish – steel guitar
- Jeff King – electric guitar
- Brent Mason – electric guitar
- Steve Nathan – keyboards
- Chris Rodriguez – background vocals
- Lonnie Wilson – drums
- Glenn Worf – bass guitar
Charts and certifications
"This Kiss" became Hill's fourth solo number-one, and fifth overall, on both the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts and Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts. The song was also a crossover hit, reaching number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts, her first entry on the latter chart. In addition, it reached number 24 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart and number two on the RPM Adult Contemporary chart.
The single also saw significant chart success outside North America, becoming Hill's first hit outside the continent. It reached number 13 on the UK Singles Chart, number four on the Australian Singles Chart, and number 18 on the Austrian Singles Chart; it also charted in Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden.
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