Song Instead of a Kiss

Alannah Myles

About Song Instead of a Kiss

"Song Instead of a Kiss" is a ballad by Canadian pop-rock artist Alannah Myles, released as the first single off her second album Rockinghorse. It became her first and only number-one single in Canada, topping the RPM Top Singles chart for four weeks and ending 1992 as Canada's third most-successful single. It also became a top-twenty hit in Finland and Poland but charted weakly in other countries.


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Alannah Myles

Alannah Myles (born December 25, 1958, Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, the daughter of Canadian broadcast pioneer William Douglas Myles. In 1989, she released her self titled debut album. In 1990, "Black Velvet", a single from that album, was a worldwide hit and won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female. more »

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Artist Origin
"Song Instead of a Kiss" is performed by Alannah Myles, a renowned Canadian artist.
Release Year
Released on 19 September 1992, the song has remained one of Myles' most-adored singles.
Chart Performances
"Song Instead of a Kiss" performed exceptionally well on the charts. It peaked at #1 on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada.
Songwriting Credits
The lyrics to the song were penned by three different individuals, namely Robert Priest, Nancy Simmonds, and Alannah Myles herself.
Musical Genre
Belonging to the Pop Rock genre, the song displays Myles’s smooth yet powerful vocals and memorable instrumental arrangement.
Album Information
"Song Instead of a Kiss" was listed in the 'Rockinghorse' album, which won the Juno Award for 'Album of the Year' in 1993.
Music Video
The music video features scenes of Alannah Myles singing in a castle, and it adds another element of storytelling to the piece, providing a visual narrative to complement the audio.
Inspirational Meaning
"Song Instead of a Kiss" was meant to express feelings of intense longing and deep love, functioning as a heartfelt musical 'letter' to an unrequited lover.
Classic Impact
Despite being released in the early 90s, the song is still appreciated for its lyrical value and the emotional intensity in Myles's performance.
Global Reception
The song managed to reach #12 in the UK Singles Chart and was also well received in other countries like Australia. Thus, it expanded Alannah Myles's fanbase beyond just Canada.

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