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.