The Hardest Thing (98 Degrees song)

"The Hardest Thing" is the third single released by American boy band, 98 Degrees, from their second studio album, 98 Degrees and Rising (1998). "The Hardest Thing" peaked at number five in the United States, number 10 in Canada, number 29 in the United Kingdom, and number 31 in Ireland. It also experienced moderate success in Oceania, peaking at number 24 in Australia and number five in New Zealand. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of 500,000 units. The album version of the song was featured on the 1999 compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 3

"The Hardest Thing"
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Single by 98°
from the album 98° and Rising
ReleasedJune 8, 1999
FormatCD single
StudioSoundtrack Studios, New York City, NY
GenrePop
Length4:34 (Main version)
3:47 (Radio version)
LabelMotown, Universal
Songwriter(s)Steve Kipner and David Frank
Producer(s)David Frank and Steve Kipner
98° singles chronology
"Because of You"
(1998)
"The Hardest Thing"
(1999)
"I Do (Cherish You)"
(1999)
Music video
"The Hardest Thing" on YouTube

Song meaningEdit

The song is about a man who is torn between two women that he loves: one being his significant other and the other being his mistress. This is apparent when Doctor Zhivago is referenced in the second verse of the song. In the end, the man chooses to say goodbye to his mistress because it is only fair to his significant other, who has always trusted him. This becomes clear in the first verse of the song when he says, "I've got somewhere else to be, promises to keep/Someone else who loves me and trusts me fast asleep." However, as he is saying goodbye to the mistress, he has to hide his true feelings (love) from her; hence, the title of the song: "The Hardest Thing". As he says goodbye to his mistress, he thinks, "It's the hardest thing I'll ever have to do to look you in the eye and tell you I don't love you." However, he knows that their love is real and that they will (hopefully) meet again when the time is right: "I know that we'll meet again/Fate has a place and time/So you can get on with your life."[citation needed]

Music videoEdit

The music video takes place inside a boxing arena. Nick Lachey, the protagonist in the video, is the man who is torn between two women. Nick is a boxer in the video, and his mistress is a show girl. His significant other is not in the video.

Track listingsEdit

US single

  1. "The Hardest Thing" (radio version) – 3:47
  2. "Because of You" (Hex Hector Dance Mix) – 3:07
  3. "Invisible Man" – 4:42

UK 12" vinyl

  • A1. "The Hardest Thing" (Love to Infinity Master Mix) – 6:35
  • B1. "The Hardest Thing" (album version] – 4:34

UK maxi-CD

  1. "The Hardest Thing" (radio version) – 3:47
  2. "The Hardest Thing" (album version) – 4:34
  3. "The Hardest Thing" (Love to Infinity Master Mix) – 6:35
  4. "The Hardest Thing" (music video) – 3:31

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[17] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  16. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Archived from the original on 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  17. ^ "American single certifications – 98 Degrees – The Hardest Thing". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 27, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.