This Kiss (Faith Hill song)
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"This Kiss" is a song recorded by American country music singer Faith Hill from her third studio album Faith. It was written by Beth Nielsen Chapman, Robin Lerner, and Annie Roboff, and produced by Hill and Byron Gallimore. It was released in March 1998 as the album's first single. The song became a crossover hit, reaching number one on the American and Canadian country charts and peaking in the top 10 on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It also reached number four in Australia, number 13 in the United Kingdom, and number 24 in Canada, while also charting strongly in Austria and Sweden. 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.
|Single by Faith Hill|
|from the album Faith|
|B-side||"Better Days" "Somebody Stand By Me"|
|Released||March 3, 1998|
|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|
|Faith Hill singles chronology|
"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.
"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.
The song's music video, directed by Steven Goldmann, features Hill in a colorful fantasy-like sequence. She is featured swinging on a nectarine, jumping from flower to flower, and riding flying bees and butterflies. The video is notable for its extensive use of CGI technology, and won numerous awards for its creativity.
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. In her CMT Video Bio, Hill 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.
A few months after the video's release, Hill (who was further along in her pregnancy by then) performed the song live at the 1998 Academy of Country Music Awards while dancing in a giant flower in the center of the stage, as a tribute.
- 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
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 certificationsEdit
Covers and parodiesEdit
In popular cultureEdit
"This Kiss" also became the soundtrack for the 1998 movie Practical Magic. Hill performed the song at the 1999 VH1 Divas concert, and it was included on the show's CD and DVD releases. The song also gave Hill the Video Of The Year awards at the 1998 Country Music Association awards.
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