Pucker up, dolls: Saturday July 6 is International Kissing Day, and all you have to do to celebrate it is kiss someone or thing you love. But it’s always neat to have a soundtrack, so we’ve assembled the very best 10 songs about kisses. MWAH!
Faith Hill, This Kiss
Aside from the extremely ’98 gerbera theme, this clip features Faith doing the Wrecking Ball a whole 15 years before Miley did. On a giant peach. Perpetual bliss!
Sixpence None The Richer, Kiss Me
Forever symbolising the love between a young man and his creek (or, if you were a Freddie Prinze Jr. fan rather than a James Van Der Beek fan, She’s All That), Kiss Me is still one of the most sentimental songs out there.
Des’ree, I’m Kissing You
Whoever Des’ree’s kissing mustn’t be paying attention to the situation, if Des’ree needs to spell the circumstances out this clearly in the song’s title. However. This gem from Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet remains a total classic.
Beautiful, experienced, rich, cool, flirty, a dirty talker: all the things you do not need to be to impress Prince. You know what he really wants.
Ben Harper, Steal My Kisses
Simple and time-honoured stuff from ex-Mr Laura Dern.
Cher, The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)
I am telling you right now there’s nothing cuter than baby Christina Ricci, baby Winona Ryder, and exactly-the-same-as-always Cher in matching polka dot dresses singing The Shoop Shoop Song.
Angel Olsen, Shut Up Kiss Me
Stop your crying, it’s alright: Angel is here in her sparkly wig to smack some romance into yer face.
Exile, I Want to Kiss You All Over
Initially I was thinking of the more techno No Mercy version, but let’s go with the romantic, golden original.
Billie Myers, Kiss The Rain
Billie Myers perfectly personifies LONGING in both her vocal delivery and visual performance of Kiss The Rain, another track featured in Van Der Beek and the Creek (specifically season 2 episode 2, in which Dawson reads Joey’s diary and learns she thinks his movie is dumb and he’s a “talentless dreamer with no cinematic future”).
Seal, Kiss From A Rose
What, did you think I’d forgotten this one? Oh, no. Seal’s Kiss From A Rose won three Grammys and was featured on the Batman Forever soundtrack (which funnily enough contains another good kissing song: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me by U2).
Kate Ceberano, Pash
I’m ashamed I did not originally include Kate’s brilliant ode to kissing, and had to add it in after STACK Film Editor Scott Hocking pointed out my error.