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Breathe by Faith Hill

Album: BreatheReleased: 1999Charted:
  • Faith Hill is a country singer, but this had massive crossover appeal and got played on a variety of radio formats. Country music launched into the mainstream in the early '90s as "New Country" artists such as Garth Brooks (the first country singer to have an album debut at #1 on the Billboard 200) infused their songs with pop and rock elements. Hill joined the movement with her pop friendly 1998 album Faith and followed up with Breathe. The latter topped both the country and pop albums charts, and the title track was the #1 pop airplay song of 2000. Like Hill, several other female artists saw major crossover success around the same time, including Shania Twain, Martina McBride, and the Dixie Chicks.
  • In 2001 this won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, and the album won for Best Country Album.
  • This was written by country singer-songwriters Stephanie Bentley and Holly Lamar. Bentley later co-wrote Martina McBride's "Concrete Angel," while Lamar co-wrote "Unbroken" for Hill's husband, Tim McGraw.
  • Country music parodist Cledus T. Judd skewered this as "Breath," a song about his girlfriend's wretched case of halitosis. He sings:

    I can smell the onions floating in the air
    Must be something that you ate
  • Thanks to its 53-week run on the Hot 100, this was named the #1 song on Billboard's year-end charts, even though the single never hit #1. The only other songs to achieve this feat were "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in 1965 and "Hanging By a Moment" by Lifehouse in 2001.
  • This was featured on the TV shows The Sopranos ("Mergers and Acquisitions," 2002), Cold Case ("Dog Day Afternoons," 2006), and My Name Is Earl ("Buried Treasure," 2007).
  • The music video drew some controversy from Nashville's conservative circles over seductive shots of Hill in bed, but the clip still won Top Video of the Year at the 2000 ACM Awards.
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Comments: 4

Faith Hill's catalog of hits is impressive. She's one of those artists with big appeal that's lasted many years. That alone impresses me, as so many are just a flash in the pan. This song will always remind me of the "New Millennium", New Year's Eve 1999, New Year's Day 2000 and "Y2K". The video had constant TV airplay during that Christmas/New Year's holiday season. While the video and song were high quality, and the lyrics of the song amazing, and I like it well enough, it's not my fav by Faith. I probably agree with Henry from Wheeling, that I like "Mississippi Girl" better (it should have been a bigger hit). She has lots more tunes that I love, "The Secret of Life", "The Lucky One" "Let Me Let Go", her incredible duet with Tim McGraw: "Like We Never Loved at All" and many many more.Camille - Toronto, Oh
Faith Hill is pretty but not the most talented. I like her song Mississippi Girl better.Henry O. Godwinn - Wheeling, Wv
A truly fantastic song! I learned it and sang it to someone special.Doug - Kansas City, Mo
An absolute classic!!!! My fave country song of all time.Derek - Cambridge, New Zealand
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