“Any Man of Mine” became an instant Shania Twain classic. Discover the story behind the country pop crossover.
The Shania Twain Classic
“Any Man of Mine” was featured on her 1995 sophomore album, The Woman In Me. The album itself sold over 20 million copies, while the single, which was the B-side to “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” reached Top 40 on pop radio. The song also became Twain’s first No. 1 hit at country radio in the United States and her second No. 1 at Canada’s country radio.
The single was nominated in the Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards. Furthermore, it won the Single of the Year honor at the Canadian Country Music Awards. Additionally, the song was featured on her 2004 Greatest Hits album.
Shania Twain co-wrote the song with her then-husband Robert John “Mutt” Lange. “At the time, a lot of people were afraid of it,” Twain recalled to Country Daily. “It was way too edgy for what was going on. Everybody was kind of leery about releasing it.” However, once she went to promote the tune on a radio tour, the programmers fell head over boots for the song while some it “really did scare.” She continued, “I don’t know whether they just didn’t like it or whether they thought, ‘Whoa!'”
Twain also realizes that it broke her career and it also helped cement herself in both the country and pop realms. “That’s the song I think that really, really broke me in a big way because it was so different,” she said.
The Music Video
John Derek (The Ten Commandments) directed the music video. But it didn’t go as you would have expected.
Twain and Derek had conflicting visions for the shoot. “So we were nose to nose at one point arguing about this and I just said – I was using bad language – but I basically said, ‘You’re not the boss of me,” she said in a video posted to her YouTube account.
But at the end of the day, he respected her more for standing up for what she wanted. John Derek and Shania Twain are even friends to this day. Luckily, fans can still reminisce on her iconic denim vest with her white tank. Surprisingly, Twain revealed that her outfits for the video were all purchased at a local department store.
Watch the music video, below.