Kiss (Prince song)

"Kiss"
Prince kiss.jpg
US 7″ single
Single by Prince and The Revolution
from the album Parade
B-side "♥ or $"
Released February 5, 1986 [1]
Format
Recorded April 28, 1985
Studio Sunset Sound
( Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Length 3:38 (LP version)
3:46 (7" single)
7:16 (12" single)
Label Paisley Park
Songwriter(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Prince and The Revolution singles chronology
" America"
(1985)
"Kiss"
(1986)
" Mountains"
(1986)
" America"
(1985)
"Kiss"
(1986)
" Mountains"
(1986)
Prince (UK) singles chronology
" Pop Life"
(1985) Pop Life1985
"Kiss"
(1986) Kiss1986
" Mountains"
(1986) Mountains1986

"Kiss" is a song composed, written and produced by American singer, songwriter and musician Prince, released as the lead single from Prince and The Revolution's eighth studio album, Parade (1986), in February 5, 1986, by the Paisley Park label. It was a number-one hit worldwide, holding the number-one spot of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks. The single was certified Gold in 1986 for sales of 1,000,000 copies by the RIAA.

The song ranked number 464 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. [2] NME ranked the song number 4 in their list of The 150 Greatest Singles of All Time.[ citation needed] The same magazine voted "Kiss" the best single of the year 1986. [3]

Following Prince's death, the song re-charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 28 and jumped to number 23 the week after. The song also reached number two on the French Singles Chart. As of April 30, 2016, it has sold 1,330,336 copies in the United States. [4]

Age of Chance and The Art of Noise also released versions of the song that were critical and chart successes.

Composition

The song is written in the key of A major and has a tempo of 112 beats per minute in common time. Prince's vocals span an octave in the song, from E4 to E5. [5]

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