April 17

When LeAnn Rimes Showed She “Can’t Fight the Moonlight”

LeAnn Rimes totally showed us how she could not fight the moonlight in her stunning Coyote Ugly bar scene. The film Coyote Ugly in 2000 is a story about a 21-year-old’s dream of becoming a songwriter. She heads to New York to chase this dream only to find her ambitions suspended by both compliments and ill repute she receives at her day job as a barmaid at Coyote Ugly. The film’s theme song was, of course, LeAnn’s catchy “Can’t Fight The Moonlight”, and it shows LeAnn casually singing and smashing her moves across the Coyote Ugly Saloon.

When LeAnn Rimes Showed She “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” 1

Can’t Fight the Moonlight“, The Back Story

Diane Warren, who also wrote LeAnn Rimes’ biggest hit “How Do I Live”, penned “Can’t Fight the Moonlight”. LeAnn Rimes was only 18 when she sang and did the bar scene in the movie. Rimes originally tried out for Coyote Ugly to sing just “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” at the ending with Piper Perabo, the film’s star character. That changed when Rimes observed some cuts of the film. She would later decide to offer the singing voice for all the songs sung by Perabo. The vocals she provided were just altered in pitch and vocal range.

However, it was not LeAnn’s first taste of fame. The singing sensation rose to fame at age of 13 with her rendition of the Bill Mack song Blue”.

“Can’t Fight the Moonlight”, Its Success

Obviously, “Can’t Fight the Moonlight”, was the theme song for the comedy-drama, though it went on to achieve victory on a global scale. It was released as LeAnn Rimes’ single on August 22, 2000. The song reached the top twenty in every country chart and peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100. It was included in Rimes’s 2002 and 2004, I Need You compilation and The Best of LeAnn Rimes albums, respectively. The song was what they said is what made LeAnn prove the first time she crossed the line to adult-leaning lyrics.

As of 2014, it is Rimes’ last song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but due to Rimes’s preceding success in country music, her “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” received a lot of praise. Even though it was not officially released on country radio, it still reached the sixty-first spot on the Billboard Country Song in its first release. Additionally, it has had the merit of taking the longest time to reach the top 40 in 29 weeks.

A music video for the included clips taken from the Coyote Ugly film with Rimes performing at the “Coyote Ugly” bar.

We also want to share with you a LeAnn Rimes live performance of “Can’t Fight the Moonlight”.



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