Passionate Kisses

"Passionate Kisses" is a song that was written and recorded by singer Lucinda Williams for her 1988 eponymous album. It was famously recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter for her 1992 album Come On Come On and released as the album's third single.

"Passionate Kisses"
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Single by Mary Chapin Carpenter
from the album Come On Come On
B-side"Middle Ground"
ReleasedJanuary 19, 1993
Songwriter(s)Lucinda Williams
Mary Chapin Carpenter singles chronology
"Not Too Much to Ask"
"Passionate Kisses"
"The Hard Way"

Mary Chapin Carpenter versionEdit

Released in January 1993, "Passionate Kisses" it was the third single from Carpenter's album Come On Come On. The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in March 1993.[1] Carpenter's hit cover adheres closely in tempo, feel, and instrumentation to Williams' original recording similarly relying on the catchy guitar riff to anchor the record.[2] The recording enhanced Carpenter's crossover appeal and earned her the Best Female Country Vocal Performance Grammy in addition to securing the Best Country Song award for Williams in 1994.

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Markus Blunder and premiered in early 1993. It was filmed in Washington, D.C.

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 39
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[4] 17
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 57
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[7] 11
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 4

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[9] 69
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 67


  1. ^ Mary Chapin Carpenter Hot Country Songs Chart History
  2. ^ Bradley, Bob (1994). "Lucinda Williams: Passionate Kisses". The Journal of Country Music. XVIII (2): 37. Mary Chapin Carpenter's version of "Passionate Kisses" is virtually identical to Williams' Rough Trade take ...
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1734." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 17, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 1708." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 1, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1712." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 27, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Best of 1993: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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