“Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me”
Faith Hill with Tim McGraw
Written by Diane Warren
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 14, 1998
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw continue their radio dominance with their second chart-topping collaboration.
The Road to No. 1
This is the fifth consecutive No. 1 single for Tim McGraw and the third for Faith Hill.
The No. 1
Diane Warren’s newly found popularity on the country charts was aided by artists scouring her catalog. Hill got “Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me” from a 1995 Chyna Phillips album. It was a minor hit for her in Australia.
Hill’s version blows the original out of the water, and in the process, she reveals why the early country takes on Warren songs were so successful.
Warren writes big pop songs that play to the worst instincts of powerhouse pop vocalists. Her songs were tempered best over the years by rock-leaning acts that kept their belting instincts in check, most notably the flawless Cher reading of “If I Could Turn Back Time.”
Trisha Yearwood found the plaintive beauty embedded in “How Do I Live,” and made what could’ve been an over the top record into something subtle and sincere. Hill does something similar here, delivering a restrained performance that features tasteful harmonies from McGraw.
It’s so much better than Hill’s later Warren hit, even if that was the one that got her an Oscars performance slot.
The Road From No. 1
The next singles from both Hill and McGraw will both go to No. 1 before the end of 1998.
“Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me” gets a B.
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