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Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One”: The Story Behind One of The Most Sultry Songs

Shania Twain's "You're Still The One"

Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One” was one of the biggest songs in her career.

Released as the third single off her album Come on Over, the song peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and held that spot for nine remarkable weeks – marking Twain’s first top-ten hit in the United States.

Even though it never made it to the top, it’s considered to be the most successful crossover hit among Shania Twain songs and is among her most popular tracks on country radio. The romantic song also helped Shania Twain become an international hit, reaching No. 1 in Australia and Canada. It also made it to the Top 10 in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand.

Eventually, the song was certified 2x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, helping the album sell over forty million copies all over the world – making it the top-selling album in history by a female artist to date.

Of course, more than its commercial success, “You’re Still the One” also achieved massive critical success. It won several awards during the first three years since its release. In 1999, it earned four nominations from Grammy Awards – taking home Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

The Story Behind The Song 

Co-written by Shania Twain and her then-husband – producer and songwriter Robert John “Mutt” Lange – “You’re Still the One” was inspired by their marriage, which most sensed would not last. Their union was met with criticism from both the public and the media. Some insist the singer was only using Lange to the advantage of her own career; others also highlight how he was unacceptably old for her.

Still, the couple’s love for each other remained as strong as ever. They never let detractors get into their heads; instead, they collaborate to write a song that would describe the intensity of their love.

Twain revealed in her 2012 autobiography, From This Moment On, how the smash hit was born with so little time together. The singer said she and Lange penned the song independently and later joined up to merge ideas. She recalled how she got the chills as she sang the chorus again and again while working out the lyrics and Lange kicked in with the counter line. Twain described it as a magical moment.

While Lange and Twain ultimately called it quits in 2010 – after fourteen years of marriage – she referred to the track as one of the favorite songs she has ever written. Today, with its sultry, heartfelt lyrics, the romantic ballad remains very popular – enduring the test of time.

You can listen to “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain in the video below.