“Shut Up and Kiss Me”
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Written by Mary Chapin Carpenter
#1 (1 week)
November 19, 1994
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 18, 1994
Mary Chapin Carpenter earns her third consecutive No. 1 single.
The Road to No. 1
After the sixth and seventh singles from Come On Come On went No. 1, Mary Chapin Carpenter released the lead single from her next studio set, Stones in the Road. It is her third and final No. 1 single to date.
The No. 1
Stones in the Road is a somber album with few moments of levity. “Shut Up and Kiss Me” is the most joyful song on the album, and it showcases her growing confidence as a singer and a songwriter.
When asked why she whispered the title, she noted that doing it any other way would go against the lyric: “It’s been too long since somebody whispered, ‘Shut up and kiss me.'”
The woman who managed to get the word “benign” into the chorus of a No. 1 country hit was now ending her choruses with a sultry whisper and still topping the charts.
She also wrote such a memorable hook that Brooks & Dunn borrowed it wholesale for their 2000s hit, “Play Something Country.”
It’s a smart and compelling record that remains a highlight of this era. Country radio was better when Mary Chapin Carpenter was on it.
The Road From No. 1
Stones in the Road would only produce one more top ten hit – “Tender When I Want to Be” – and Chapin eked out one more top ten hit on the R&R chart with the lead single from A Place in the World, “Let Me Into Your Heart.” Stones eventually went double platinum, while also winning the first Best Country Album Grammy given out in thirty years. “Kiss Me” won Chapin a record-breaking fourth consecutive Best Female Country Vocal Performance Grammy.” World went gold, as did her late decade hits collection, Party Doll & Other Favorites, which included Chapin’s most recent radio hit, “Almost Home,” which went top twenty.
Chapin has continued to perform and release new albums, catering to an international fanbase that has endured since the end of her radio days. Her most recent album, One Night Lonely [Live], is nominated this year for a Grammy Award, her first nomination in thirteen years.
“Shut Up and Kiss Me” gets an A.
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