Carolyn Kruse

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In honor of National Kissing Day, today, I thought it would be fun to highlight some country hits on the subject. Upon reading this was a national “holiday,” a few country favorites came to mind. What I didn’t realize is how many there actually are! So , kiss this! Here are 11 lovable country songs about kissing.

A Faith Hill 1998 #1 classic came to mind first. She and her husband Tim McGraw have often expressed their love in song. Having a song title or lyrics reference a kiss makes perfect sense, and pretty poetry. A kiss can mean so many things, no all inspired by love. There’s the “kiss of death.” And what about “kiss off.” In May of 2000 country artist Aaron Tippin released “Kiss This” which was a cheating/revenge song. On the other side, there are songs where kissing conjures up images of new love, desire, and romance.

Let’s take a look at some of country music’s biggest and best songs in this category. From kiss off songs to hits of appreciation, all bases are covered. From first kisses to last kisses, the subject is certainly relatable and timeless. So…Kiss this: Here are 11 lovable country songs about kissing. There’s a kissing song for every mood, and everyone.

  • 1. This Kiss- Faith Hill

    The 1998 smash country and pop crossover hit was one of Faith Hill’s biggest hits. And with lyrics like “It’s centrifugal motion / It’s perpetual bliss.” It’s no wonder. I’m sure the 2 time Grammy Award winner was thinking of her hot husband, Tim McGraw when singing the lighthearted lyrics, and infectious melody. Fun fact: Faith was pregnant with their 2nd daughter, Maggie, which filming the video and her wardrobe had to be altered. A couple months later she performed the song live at the CMA Awards, glowing and gorgeously with child, performing in the center of a giant flower.


  • 2. Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not- Thompson Square

    This 2010 smash hit was a career maker for the real life duo, Kiefer and Shauna Thompson. The 2x platinum selling hit was co-written by “Dust on the Bottle” David Lee Murphy, who often writes for Kenny Chesney. The song takes you from a first kiss to marriage. It’s a sweet story that rang true for the married couple.

  • 3. Kiss a Girl- Keith Urban

    “Kiss a Girl” was the 2nd single from Keith’s Defying Gravity album. It’s a fun little love song with a rock edge and it went top 3 in 2009. You may remember Keith performing this live on American Idol with contestant Kris Allen, during the finale of the 8th season. Kris went on to win American Idol that season.


  • 4. Just a Kiss- Lady A

    Lady A’s Hillary, Charles and Dave wrote this one with famed songwriter, Dallas Davidson. According to Wikipedia, the song was inspired by the band members personal experiences. “Just a Kiss” was released in May of 2011 and Lady A took it to #1 on the country chart and #1 on adult contemporary stations, plus it was a top pop hit for the group.

  • 5. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye- Luke Bryan

    Ahhh, the summer of 2012. You remember hearing this one all over the radio. Luke Bryan co-wrote “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” with one of Nashville’s most sought-after writers, Shane McAnally, and also Jeff Stevens.  One of my personal favorites from Bryan, the song was another #1 for the country superstar.

  • 6. Shut Up and Kiss Me- Mary Chapin Carpenter

    One of the queens of 90s country, Mary Chapin Carpenter was known for her intelligence (Brown University grad), her wit, her way with a lyric and her passionate delivery of a song. She wrote “Shut Up and Kiss Me” by herself and released it in August 1994. It showcased her sassy side. It was the first single from her album Stones in the Road. Despite a collection of hits to her name, this song was her only #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Trisha Yearwood sings backup and 90’s country star Leroy Parnell provided slide guitar accompaniment.

  • 7. Passionate Kisses- Mary Chapin Carpenter

    Another kissing song from MCC! Famed songwriter and Americana star, Lucinda Williams wrote and released this song in 1989, before Mary Chapin Carpenter made it a hit. She took it to #4 in 1993. Carpenter won a Grammy Award for her performance of the song, and Williams won a Grammy for writing it. The lyrics are smart, as the subject lists the things she wants and deserves, as we all do:

    “Is it too much to askI want a comfortable bed that won’t hurt my backFood to fill me upAnd warm clothes and all that stuffShouldn’t I have thisShouldn’t I have thisShouldn’t I have all of this, andPassionate kisses”

  • 8. You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This- Toby Keith

    Toby Keith wrote this 2001 #1 hit. The song really showed a different, more serious and romantic side of Toby Keith. Toby told The Boot, the song was “a three-and-a-half minute song about a five-second kiss.” It’s a “looking for love in all the wrong places” kind of song. The song is really a story about a man falling in love with a woman, he shouldn’t be kissing. They share a passionate kiss, but he knows it’s wrong, and tells her as much.

  • 9. Kiss You In the Morning- Michael Ray

    Michael Ray’s debut single, “Kiss You in the Morning” became his first #1. And no one embraced the subject here more than Michael Ray and this song. It’s all about kissing…everywhere possible. These lyrics say it all:

    “I wanna kiss you in the parking lotUnder the moonlight
    Kiss you runnin’ red lightsBaby set the mood right, just likeEverything you’re doin’ to me right now is makin’ me crazyI wanna kiss you on the dance floorKiss you like a let’s go, come onBaby let me hear you say oh, ohI wanna kiss you with the neon light in your eyes glowin’Then I wanna kiss you in the mornin’Yeah I wanna kiss you in the mornin'”
  • 10. Goodnight Kiss- Randy Houser

    Randy Houser wrote “Goodnight Kiss” with Houser wrote the song with Rob Hatch and Jason Sellers. Released in 2013, it went on to become a top 2 hit for Houser.  The artist told Songfacts, the lyrics were all about a guy asking a girl if they could start the date, the way most dates end…with a kiss. He said, “We all remember those dates when we’d pick up the girl and pretty much we’d have to go through the whole routine of the movie, and the dinner, and riding around, and all…all before we could ever get to the goodnight kiss. I finally had the epiphany that you can start with the goodnight kiss and just really never go do any of that other stuff, and I thought well hell, nobody’s ever written about that yet!”

  • 11. Kiss This- Aaron Tippin

    Aaron Tippin wrote this song with his wife, Thea and songwriter Philip Douglas. Released in the Spring of 2009, “Kiss This” would become Aaron’s third and final #1 hit. The song is about woman who finds out her former lover had been cheating on her. She seeks revenge. You can hear Thea Tippin on the recording, at the end, saying “See ya!”

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