Country star Shania Twain’s many fans apparently include a British greeting card retailer.
Shania Twain’s Song Sends Hearts Racing
Thortful.com, an online greeting cards marketplace, has commissioned a study to find out which love songs make listeners’ hearts skip a beat.
Researchers attached heart monitors to the study participants and played a variety of romantic ballads for them, then measured their reactions, Metro News reports.
“Using heart rate tracking equipment, we discovered how 20 listeners’ heart rates reacted when they were played top love songs,” a spokesman for Thortful.com said.
And it turns out Twain’s 1998 hit “You’re Still the One” made listeners’ hearts react most strongly.
The study participants had an average resting heart rate of 62 beats per minute. But it jumped to 72 beats per minute upon hearing “You’re Still the One.”
The runners-up included Phil Collins’ 1984 song “Against All Odds,” Bryan Adams’ 1985 song “Heaven” and Celine Dion’s Titanic theme “My Heart Will Go On.” In last place was Bryan Adams’ 1991 song “(Everything I Do) I Do it for You.”
A ‘Twisted’ Love Story With A Happy Ending
Twain wrote “You’re Still the One” with her husband at the time, Robert John “Mutt” Lange. It was the third single from her studio album Come On Over.
Twain described their songwriting process in her autobiography, “From This Moment On,” according to The Boot.
“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 wrote. “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 said. “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.”
The song won Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance. It hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine weeks. And it rose to No. 1 in Australia.
The song is reportedly autobiographical. It was inspired by Twain and Lange’s reaction to naysayers who critiqued their relationship.
Their marriage ended in divorce. But it was thanks to Lange’s cheating with her best friend and personal assistant that Twain met her current husband, Frédéric Thiébaud.