What Made You Say That

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"What Made You Say That"
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Single by Shania Twain
from the album Shania Twain
B-side "Crime of the Century"
Released March 9, 1993
Format CD, 7" vinyl, cassette
Genre Country
Length 2:59
Label Polygram/Mercury Nashville
Writer(s) Tony Haselden,
Stan Munsey, Jr.
Producer(s) Harold Shedd,
Norro Wilson
Shania Twain singles chronology
"What Made You Say That"
"Dance with the One That Brought You"

"What Made You Say That" is a song by Canadian singer Shania Twain. It was the first single ever released by Twain, as it came off her 1993 album Shania Twain. The song was written by Tony Haselden and Stan Munsey, Jr.. The single was released to radio in February 1993. The song wasn't much of a hit, but it did garner some attention because of its controversial-at-the-time video. Twain had the chance to perform the song at the 1993 Canadian Country Music Awards. The song also helped her win the Rising Star award in 1993, from CMT Europe. Several years later on Twain's Come on Over Tour, every night a local child who won a contest would be able to perform the song during the show, in front of everyone, with Twain performing backing vocals. One such rendition was by future star Avril Lavigne.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard magazine reviewed the song as "sassy, buoyant, catchy, and supported by an alluring video."[2]

Music video[edit]

Shania in the video for "What Made You Say That".

The music video for "What Made You Say That" was shot at Miami Beach, Florida and directed by Steven Goldmann. It was filmed on January 12, 1993 and released on February 5, 1993 on Country Music Television. The video featured Twain dancing around on the beach. The video is available on Twain's DVD The Platinum Collection.

Chart performance[edit]

"What Made You Say That" debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart the week of March 27, 1993 at number 74. It spent 18 weeks on the chart and climbed to a peak position of number 55 on May 15, 1993, where it remained for two weeks.

Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 70
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 55


  • US 7" single (1993) Mercury 864-992
  1. "What Made You Say That"
  2. "Crime Of The Century"