On May 2, 1998, Shania Twain’s tender ballad, “You’re Still the One,” hit No. 1 on the country singles chart. Considered one of the best love songs of the genre, “You’re Still the One” acts as a love letter to a significant other. Despite their struggles, the narrator is proud of how much they’ve overcome together.
“Looks like we made it
Look how far we’ve come my baby
We might have took the long way
We knew we’d get there someday.”
Part of the reason why the song is successful could be the fact that it’s genuine, from-the-heart songwriting. She co-wrote the song with her then-husband, Robert John “Mutt” Lange. In her autobiography, From This Moment On, Twain details how the song came to be.
“Mutt and I spent a lot of time apart as I was promoting and touring, and he was in studios working on tracks and arrangements as we wrote,” Twain writes. “It’s surprising that we were able to write all this stuff with so little time together. We wrote independently and merged ideas when we joined up.
“I remember feeling very excited about the counter line sung by Mutt as backing vocals in “You’re Still the One,” she continues. “As I sang the chorus melody repeatedly while working out the lyrics, he kicked in with the counter line, ‘You’re still the one,’ and it gave me chills. All of a sudden we had a hit chorus. It was a magic moment.”
Shania Twain on Writing ‘You’re Still the One:’ ‘It Gave Me Chills’
Twain released “You’re Still the One” on Jan. 27, 1998, which soon became a crossover hit on both the pop and country genres.
“Although the song has country elements of warm, acoustic strumming, the verses are dominated by piano, while a smoldering organ, my last favorite instrument, stands out as the most prominent sound on the choruses,” Twain writes in From This Moment On.“The music, I believe, transcended genres,” she continues, “and the universal message of the lyrics gave it broad crossover appeal.”
Although “You’re Still the One” only spent one week at the top of the country charts, the single peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Twain her first Top 10 hit. In 1999, she took home two Grammy Awards: one for “Best Country Song” and the other for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance.”
To garner fans worldwide, Twain released an “international version” of Come on Over in 1998. “We’ve taken out some of the sounds that Europe would find a little less palatable and made it more universal,” Twain told Billboard that year. The international version toned down the fiddle and pedal steel.