“Love Gets Me Every Time”
Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Shania Twain
#1 (5 weeks)
November 8 – December 6, 1997
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 14, 1997
Shania Twain launches the biggest country album and biggest female album of all time.
The Road to No. 1
After “No One Needs to Know” became the fourth No. 1 hit from The Woman in Me, “Home Ain’t Where His Heart is (Anymore)” went top thirty. A remixed and extended version of “God Bless the Child” was the eighth and final single from the history-making album, which was the biggest seller ever by a female country artist at the time. After a short hiatus, Twain previewed her third album, Come On Over, with her longest-running No. 1 country hit to date.
The No. 1
“Love Gets Me Every Time” spent five weeks at No. 1, but it feels like a lost hit these days, mostly because of how massive so many of the other singles from Come On Over would become. But another element is that it is a transitional single, gently easing her country fan base into the more sonically and lyrically adventurous material that is featured on the rest of the album.
On its own, it’s still a solid Shania Twain entry, with a catchy fiddle hook and a playful vocal performance. Twain is such a northern girl that us Yankees are her southern neighbors, yet she credibly builds an entire upbeat love song around the southern expression “gol’ darn gone and done it,” which thankfully was left out of the song’s title.
That it’s only the album’s tenth or eleventh best single out of the twelve released is a reminder of just how hungry radio was for some new material from her, but also just how stacked the album was with radio-friendly gems.
The Road From No. 1
Twain followed “Love Gets Me Every Time” with the top ten hit, “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You),” which was eventually a huge pop hit in Europe three years after the album’s release. Twain then released three consecutive No. 1 hits from Come On Over. We’ll cover them all in 1998.
“Love Gets Me Every Time” gets a B+.
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