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"That Don't Impress Me Much" is a song by Canadian singer Shania Twain. It was the sixth country single released from her 1997 album Come on Over. It was third to pop and fourth to international markets. The song was written by Robert John "Mutt" Lange and Shania Twain, and was originally released to North American country radio stations in late 1998. It became her third biggest single on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains one of Twain's biggest hits worldwide. "That Don't Impress Me Much" was included in both the Come on Over and Up! Tours. The country version was performed on the Come on Over Tour and the dance version on the Up! Tour. "That Don't Impress Me Much" was named Foreign Hit of the Year at the 2000 Danish Grammy Awards.

Critical reception

After the single's 1998 country release, Billboard magazine wrote that "it doesn't sound remotely country" and criticized the simplistic lyrics, but praised the melody's "quirky appeal," Twain's delivery, and Robert "Mutt" Lange's "skillful production." After the single's 1999 pop release, in a separate review, the magazine said that the single "could possibly solidify Twain's status as the decade's crossover queen," though they criticized Lange's use of "dated-sounding instrumental elements to 'pop' it up."

Music video

Shania hitchhiking in the desert in the "That Don't Impress Me Much" video
music video for "That Don't Impress Me Much" was shot in the Mojave Desert at El Mirage Dry Lakemarker and Barstowmarker, Californiamarker. It was directed by Paul Boyd and shot on November 3rd and 4, 1998; it was released on December 2, 1998. It depicts Twain hitchhiking in the middle of the desert, in a hooded leopard skin outfit (though in some scenes the hooded outfit is open, showing a matching sports bra), and being approached by several men offering her a ride out of the desert. These include a man in a 1957 Chevy Bel Air, on a motorcycle, in an army jeep, a tanker truck, and on a Friesian horse. One of the men was played by male model John Devoe, previously appeared in her "You're Still the One" video. The video won the Video of the Year award at the Canadian Country Music Awards and the MuchMoreMusic Award at the 1999 MuchMusic Video Awards. Two versions of the video were made, one with the 'Original Album Version', released to country channels, and the 'Dance Mix Edit' released to pop and international stations. The 'Original Album Version' of the video is available on Twain's DVD The Platinum Collection. It ranked number 77 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos in Rock and Roll in 2001 and number 45 on CMT's 100 Greatest Videos in Country Music in 2004, making it the only video to make both lists. It was also named country music's sexiest video in 2006 by CMT Canada.

Chart performance

"That Don't Impress Me Much" debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart the week of December 12, 1998 at number 60, the highest debut of the week. The single spent 20 weeks on the chart and climbed to a peak position of number eight on February 27, 1999, where it remained for one week. The single became Twain's tenth top ten (sixth consecutive), and her twelfth top twenty single on the country charts. "That Don't Impress Me Much" also topped the Country Singles Sales chart for five weeks.

At adult contemporary radio, "That Don't Impress Me Much" debuted at number 22 the week of April 17, 1999, the weeks highest debut, as well as Twain's highest debut of all time on the AC chart. The single spent 26 weeks on the chart and quickly climbed to a peak position of number eight on June 5, 1999, where it remained for one week. "That Don't Impress Me Much" became Twain's third consecutive top ten single.

Twain's third most successful single on the Billboard Hot 100 is "That Don't Impress Me Much". It debuted on January 23, 1999 at number 80. It spent 28 weeks on the chart and peaked at number seven for two weeks starting June 12, 1999; it reached number five in airplay and 11 in sales.

Internationally, "That Don't Impress Me Much" became Twain's biggest single in the UK. It debuted, at its peak, on May 22, 1999 at number three, where it remained for three weeks, and remained in the top ten for another seven weeks. It remained on the entire chart for 21 weeks. "That Don't Impress Me Much" became Twain's third (second consecutive) top ten in the UK and the best selling non-number one single of the year in the country. Elsewhere, the song hit number one in Belgium, Ireland, Norway and New Zealand, where it debuted at number one, and was later certified Platinum.

In all, "That Don't Impress Me Much" hit the top ten in 15 countries, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the United States.

Official versions

  • Original Album Version (3:38)
  • International Version / AC Version (3:38)
  • Greatest Hits Version (4:28)
  • Dance Mix Edit / North American International Version (3:59)
  • Dance Mix / India Mix (4:43)
  • Live from Dallas (3:45)
  • Original Troid Mix (3:42)
  • Troidalicious KDog Mix (4:48)


Charts

Chart Peak
position
Australian ARIA Charts 2
Austrian Singles Chart 3
Belgian Ultratop 50 Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 5
Canada RPM Country Singles 2
Dutch Singles Chart 2
Finnish Singles Chart 3
French Singles Chart 12
German Singles Chart 8
Irish Singles Chart 1
Italian Singles Chart 12
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 3
Swiss Singles Chart 6
UK Singles Chart 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 8
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 8
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 5
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 6


Notes

  1. Shania Twain awards
  2. Billboard, December 12, 1998.
  3. Billboard, March 13, 1999.
  4. Chart Stats
  5. Billboard chart history
  6. International chart history
  7. Australia Singles Chart Peaks
  8. Austria Singles Chart Peaks
  9. Belgium Singles Chart Peaks
  10. Netherlands Singles Chart Peaks
  11. Finland Singles Chart Peaks
  12. France Singles Chart Peaks
  13. Hit parade Italia
  14. New Zealand Singles Chart Peaks
  15. Norway Singles Chart Peaks
  16. Sweden Singles Chart Peaks
  17. Switzerland Singles Chart Peaks



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