This Kiss (Faith Hill song)

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"This Kiss"
Single by Faith Hill
from the album Faith
B-side "Better Days" "Somebody Stand By Me"
Released March 3, 1998
Format CD single
Genre Country pop
Length 3:17 (Album Version)
3:16 (Pop Remix)
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Writer(s) Beth Nielsen Chapman, Robin Lerner, Annie Roboff
Producer(s) Faith Hill and Byron Gallimore[1]
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Faith Hill singles chronology
"It's Your Love"
(1997)
"This Kiss"
(1998)
"Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me"
(1998)
Alternative cover
International cover

"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 on March 10, 1998 as the first single from her album, Faith. The song became a crossover single, reaching #1 on the U.S. and Canadian country charts, in addition to reaching Top 10 on the US pop and Adult Contemporary charts, as well as Top Ten in Australia and Top 20 in the United Kingdom.

Track listing[edit]

US single

  1. This Kiss [Album Version] 3:18
  2. Better Days [Album Version] 3:36

UK vinyl, 12", promo

  • A This Kiss (The Almighty Mix)
  • B This Kiss (The Original Mix)

Europe maxi-CD

  1. This Kiss [Radio Version] 3:18
  2. Somebody Stand By Me 5:50
  3. This Kiss [Mr. Mig Mix] 3:47

Content[edit]

"This Kiss" is an up-tempo song where the female narrator expresses the joys of being in love through the act of her lover's kiss.

The song's B-side, "Better Days", was previously recorded by Bekka & Billy, a duo composed of former Fleetwood Mac members Billy Burnette and Bekka Bramlett.

Music video[edit]

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[edit]

"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.

In 1999, American country music parody artist Cledus T. Judd released a parody of "This Kiss" titled "Christ-Mas" on his album Juddmental.

In 2012, YouTube musician Alex Day recorded a cover of "This Kiss", featuring the vocals of Carrie Fletcher. The album art is also borrowed from the original.

Personnel[edit]

The following musicians perform on this track:[1]

Chart positions[edit]

"This Kiss" became her fourth solo Number One, and fifth overall, on both the U.S. 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 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 3 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts, her first entry on the latter chart. In addition, it reached number 24 on the Canadian pop charts and number 2 on the Canadian AC charts.

It also saw significant chart action outside North America, reaching number 13 on the UK Singles Chart, number 4 on the Australian Singles Chart and number 52 on the German Singles Chart. This was the first time in her career that Hill had international success with a hit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Faith (CD booklet). Faith Hill. Warner Bros. Records. 1998. 9 46790-2. 
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Faith Hill – This Kiss". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Faith Hill – This Kiss" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7044." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 26, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3524." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 20, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 7075." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 12, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Faith Hill – This Kiss" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Faith Hill – This Kiss". Singles Top 60.
  9. ^ "Faith Hill: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ "Faith Hill – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Faith Hill.
  11. ^ "Faith Hill – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Faith Hill.
  12. ^ "Faith Hill – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Faith Hill.
  13. ^ "Faith Hill – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Faith Hill.
  14. ^ "Faith Hill – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Faith Hill.
  15. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1998". RPM. December 14, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  16. ^ "RPM Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 1998". RPM. December 14, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  18. ^ "Best of 1998: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  20. ^ "American single certifications – Hill, Faith – This Kiss". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  21. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1998". Billboard (BPI Communications Inc.) 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Two Piña Coladas"
by Garth Brooks
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single
May 16-May 30, 1998
Succeeded by
"I Just Want to Dance with You"
by George Strait
Preceded by
"You're Still the One"
by Shania Twain
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
April 20-April 27, 1998
Succeeded by
"Bye, Bye"
by Jo Dee Messina