This Kiss (Faith Hill song)

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"This Kiss"
Kisssingle.jpg
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
Songwriter(s) Beth Nielsen Chapman, Robin Lerner, Annie Roboff
Producer(s) Faith Hill and Byron Gallimore[1]
Faith Hill singles chronology
"It's Your Love"
(1997)
"This Kiss"
(1998)
"Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me"
(1998)

"It's Your Love"
(1997)
"This Kiss"
(1998)
"Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me"
(1998)
Alternative cover
International 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 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.

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 uptempo 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.[citation needed] 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.

Italian singer Paola Turci released a cover entitled "Questione di sguardi" on her 2000 album Mi basta il paradiso.

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]

Charts and certifications[edit]

"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.

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 Adult Contemporary: Issue 7075." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 12, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3524." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 20, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Faith Hill – This Kiss". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Faith Hill – This Kiss" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Faith Hill – This Kiss". Singles Top 100.
  11. ^ "Faith Hill: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 1998". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 28, 2018. 
  18. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Country Tracks of 1998". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 28, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  20. ^ "Best of 1998: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  22. ^ "British single certifications – Faith Hill – This Kiss". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved March 9, 2018.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter This Kiss in the search field and then press Enter.
  23. ^ "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
  24. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1998". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 

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