Cry (Faith Hill song)

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"Cry"
FaithHillCrysingle.jpg
Single by Faith Hill
from the album Cry
B-side
  • "Wicked"
  • "Shadows"
ReleasedAugust 19, 2002 (2002-08-19)
Genre Country
Length3:42
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Songwriter(s) Angie Aparo
Producer(s) Marti Frederiksen
Faith Hill singles chronology
"There You'll Be"
(2001)
"Cry"
(2002)
"When the Lights Go Down"
(2002)

"Cry" is a song recorded by American country music singer Faith Hill. It was released as the first single from her fifth studio album of the same name (2002). The song was originally written and recorded by singer-songwriter Angie Aparo for his 1999 album, The American. In 2003, at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards, Hill won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Cry", marking her second win in the category.

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Originally released to country radio on August 19, 2002, "Cry" crossed over to pop and adult contemporary radio in September 2002. It spent 11 weeks at number one on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and eventually peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Cry" also reached number three on the Canadian Singles Chart and was a top-twenty success in Hungary, New Zealand, Norway, Romania and Spain.

Chart performance

Released in mid-2002, "Cry" proved to be less successful than the title track, "Breathe," from Hill's previous album, Breathe . It peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard Country Chart [1] and number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100. [2] The song achieved its greatest success on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it spent 11 weeks at number one. [3]

Music video

The video accompanying the song (directed by Mike Lipscombe, produced by Michael J. Pierce) shows Faith encountering past phases of her life and unrequited love, moving from happy, carefree childhood, through adult betrayal to bitterness and the desire for emotional revenge, all taking place in the atmospheric, rain soaked shell of an old mansion surrounded by a neglected garden. As each scene comes to life, different parts of the dilapidated ruin return magically to their former glory, but with the renewed memories, Faith revisits the raw hurt of rejection. The video is notable for its use of driving rain and a brooding presence to evoke the tragic memories, giving rise to the "wet look" Faith, which is showcased in the album's promotional photography. The last iconic scene shows a rusty old Cadillac Eldorado, abandoned in the murky, overgrown garden coming back to life, as a "childhood Faith" with her friend get in the back seat - but only "semi-materialised", followed by the adult Faith, wearing a stylish, sleek, black dress getting in the drivers seat. The final shot shows her head slumping down on the steering wheel in despair, the past hurt still not resolved.

Awards and accolades

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2003 Grammy Award Best Female Country Vocal Performance Won [4]

Track listings

US 7-inch single and UK cassette single

  1. "Cry" – 3:46
  2. "Wicked" – 4:02

Australian, German, and Japanese CD single

  1. "Cry" – 3:46
  2. "Wicked" – 4:02 (also included on Japanese editions of the Cry album)
  3. "Shadows" – 4:29

Charts

Chart (2002)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [5] 35
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) [6] 43
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) [7] 3
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) [8] 75
Germany (Official German Charts) [9] 93
Hungary (Single Top 40) [10] 13
Ireland (IRMA) [11] 50
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [12] 83
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [13] 16
Norway (VG-lista) [14] 20
Romania (Romanian Top 100) [15] 20
Scotland (OCC) [16] 25
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [17] 19
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [18] 48
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) [19] 72
UK Singles (OCC) [20] 25
US Billboard Hot 100 [2] 33
US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard ) [3] 1
US Adult Top 40 ( Billboard ) [21] 19
US Hot Country Songs ( Billboard ) [1] 12

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada) [22] Gold5,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history

RegionDateFormat(s)Label(s)Ref.
United StatesAugust 19, 2002 Country radio Warner Bros. [23]
September 9, 2002 [24]

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