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17 Years Ago: Faith Hill Hits No. 1 With ‘This Kiss’

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Seventeen years ago today (May 16, 1998) was a big day for Faith Hill. It was on this date that the singer landed at the top of the charts with her single “This Kiss,” which stayed in the No. 1 spot for three consecutive weeks.

The song was the debut single from her album Faith, which sold more than six million units. “This Kiss,” which was written by Beth Nielsen Chapman, Robin Lerner and Annie Roboff, was also Hill’s first Top 10 tune on both the pop and adult contemporary charts.

The “This Kiss” video featured the Mississippi native jumping from flower to flower and riding bees and butterflies in a CGI-created fantasy world. Hill, who was pregnant with her second child Maggie (with husband Tim McGraw), had to make several last-minute costume changes for the video to accompany her expanding stomach.

“This Kiss” was used in the 1998 hit movie Practical Magic, which stars Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Hill included the song on her 2007 compilation album, The Hits. She also performed the song in 2009 during a two-night performance at the Hollywood Bowl, backed by an orchestra, as well as in 2011, as part of a taping of CMT Crossroads with the Pretenders.

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