Kissing, particularly in its romantic form, has been a subject of fascination among the world’s romantics for many years. With its many love-based themes, it’s no surprise that a large portion of popular music has focused on kissing songs over the past decades. Keep reading to learn of some of the most well-known songs about kissing.
Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals
This song about being kissed by a love interest after dancing together was The Crystals’ last Top 40 hit in the United States. The Beach Boys’ version, ‘Then I Kissed Her,’ hit Number Four in the UK in 1965.
This Kiss – Faith Hill
Faith Hill captures the magical feeling when someone special kisses you in this hit. It seems to be inspired by her first kiss with her husband, Tim McGraw. This was her first Top Ten hit on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts in the US.
Let Me Kiss You – Morrissey
Morrissey and Alain Whyte wrote this track, which has been recorded by Morrissey and Nancy Sinatra. The protagonist asks someone to kiss them in a somewhat desperate way. It was an international hit after its release.
Recommended: Our pick of top Morrissey songs.
I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry
Many popular pop songs are about kissing, and this is one of them. Katy Perry paints the picture of a woman who has her first kiss with a woman, enjoys it, and then moves on with her life and stays with her boyfriend. It was one of the singer’s first moves away from her Christian music background.
Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
This kissing song got a great deal of attention when it appeared on the television series Dawson’s Creek in 1998. The protagonist asks their love interest for a kiss and a romantic experience.
(’till) I Kissed You – The Everly Brothers
Here’s a track that demonstrates how one kiss can change a life and bring sheer joy. The song’s writer, Don Everly, was inspired to write it after a passionate experience he had in Australia.
Kiss and Say Goodbye – The Manhattans
In this song, the protagonist asks a woman to let them part peacefully and remember him leaving. It was The Manhattans’ biggest hit—it charted in the US for two weeks straight.
The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss) – Cher
This classic, originally performed by Betty Everett, tells listeners that you can only know how a guy feels about you by evaluating his kiss. Cher covered it in 1999 and hit Number 33 on the US charts.
Kiss You – One Direction
One Direction encourages the pursuit of a passionate moment rather than being cautious in this track. Its live band feel was intentional, with the band wanting a new sound for the album the track appears on.
Shut Up and Kiss Me – Mary Chapin Carpenter
This piece celebrates having a loving relationship after a long time spent alone. Mary Chapin Carpenter won a Grammy Award in 1995 with this song, taking home the honors for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ – Charley Pride
Charley Pride advises on a happy marriage in this track, the artist’s first Hot 100 hit. It was his 8th Number One hit on the Country chart.
One Kiss – Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa tells listeners that one quick kiss leads people to fall in love with her with this Calvin Harris piece, which pays homage to 90s house music. It’s one of several Dua Lipa pop music collaborations that found commercial success.
When You Kiss Me – Shania Twain
It can be exciting to discover that you’re in love. This song explores that feeling of sharing first kisses with a new lover. It was written with Shania Twain’s husband at the time and was a minor hit in several countries.
Could I Have This Kiss Forever – Whitney Houston
This duet between Whitney Houston and Enrique Iglesias was released on Iglesias’ album Enrique in 1999. It’s about not wanting a night to end and hoping to stay with someone in romantic bliss to kiss forever.
Steal My Kisses – Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Here’s a track with a sweet sound but somewhat harsh lyrics. The love-struck narrator plans to follow a love interest around whether she likes it or not. It was one of Ben Harper’s most popular songs after its release.
Molly’s Lips – Nirvana
The Vaselines originally performed this song. It refers to Molly Weir, a Scottish actress whom the band decided to pay homage in a song about kissing her. Nirvana covered it in 1992.
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) – P!nk
Pink’s powerful breakup anthem about love lost plays with words by using innuendo and encourages listeners to give up on any relationship causing too much pain. It was her first release and reentry to the industry after giving birth to her daughter Willow in 2010.
Related: Listen to our playlist of Pink songs.
You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This – Toby Keith
Toby Keith has said that this song is about a five-second kiss described for three and a half minutes. It’s also about connecting with someone that everyone thinks is a great fit for you.
Kissing a Fool – George Michael
This song shows how uncertain people can be about love after facing heartbreak. Its jazzy sound departed from the typically poppy beats that audiences had come to expect from George Michael at the time.
More songs about kissing:
- Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
- Just a Kiss – Lady Antebellum
- Kiss Me Slowly – Parachute ft. Lady Antebellum
- First Kiss – Kid Rock
- Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not – Thompson Square
- Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me – Mel Carter
- Kiss You Tonight – David Nail
- Fire – The Pointer Sisters
- Every Little Kiss – Bruce Hornsby
- Prelude to a Kiss – Sarah Vaughan
- Kiss Me Deadly – Lita Ford