Every No. 1 Single of the Nineties: Faith Hill, “Let Me Let Go”

“Let Me Let Go”

Faith Hill

Written by  Steve Diamond and Dennis Morgan

Billboard

#1 (1 week)

December 12, 1998

Radio & Records

#1 (2 weeks)

November 27 – December 4, 1998

Faith Hill completes a run of five consecutive No. 1 singles by female artists.

The Road to No. 1

Faith is the second album from Faith Hill to produce three No. 1 hits.  “Let Me Let Go” was preceded at the top by “This Kiss” and “Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me.”

The No. 1

Because it was remixed for pop radio and international markets, it’s easy to overlook that in its original form, “Let Me Let Go” was a pretty traditional country record.

It’s awash in steel guitar and has lonesome harmonies provided by Vince Gill.  With her lead vocal, Hill showcases Reba’s influence on her vocal style, a sound that harkens back to Hill’s earliest singles.  There just isn’t much song here.  The lyrics are repetitive and the verses are too short.

What makes it work is the performance and the arrangement, which is why it struggled when it was stripped of its country instrumentation and Gill’s harmony vocal.  Hill would find the secret sauce for the perfect pop country ballad soon enough, but stick to the original version of “Let Me Let Go” if you want to hear it in its finest form.

The Road From No. 1

Faith finished its run in 1999 with the top fifteen hit “Love Ain’t Like That” and the top five Gretchen Peters cover, “The Secret of Life.”   We’ll see Hill again later that year with the final No. 1 single of the nineties.

“Let Me Let Go” gets a B.

Every No. 1 Single of the Nineties

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4 Comments

  1. I always liked this song but felt it was missing something.

    Side note, interesting to see five female acts in a row top the charts. That never happens nowadays, which is disappointing to say the least.

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      • Carrie had 5 number ones in a row on both charts Wasted, So Small, All American Girl, Last Name, and Just A Dream. I was a kid in the 90s and always loved Faith but it wasn’t until I got Spotify and took a deep dive into her discography that I discovered just how great of an artist she was.

  2. I love the original version of this song and wish Faith and Vince would perform it together live now. I’ve never liked the pop and international remixes – though I will say she killed her performance of this song at the 2000 Grammys on what I believe was the David Foster mix.

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