After visiting the top of the country singles charts twice last year with “How Country Feels” and “Running Out of Moonlight,” country artist Randy Houser is back in the No. 1 spot on the Mediabase country singles chart this week with “Goodnight Kiss.”
Written by Houser and his friends Rob Hatch and Jason Sellers, the song is the third single from Houser’s 2013 album How Country Feels, and the third in a row to reach No. 1.
“‘Goodnight Kiss’ was a song I wrote with some friends of mine, Rob Hatch and Jason Sellers, two of my great buddies,” Houser told Radio.com.
The writing session for the song happened somewhat last minute. “We [got] together the day before I actually went to record for the last time for How Country Feels. And we were just hanging out, and I decided I wanted to write something.” It was a challenge in a way, he said, to see if they could “beat something we already have.”
Houser said he started playing around with the idea of a goodnight kiss, and the stress it can cause during a date. “I [was] thinking about how many times when I was a kid did I want to start the night with a goodnight kiss. Because it’s a big deal — it’s the scary moment when you figure out if you’re going to get shunned [or not].”
The song wound up winning Houser and his team over. “When we recorded it I knew it’d be something we’d probably put on the record, because it was something that everybody could identify with.”
During a live show in Charleston, S.C. last fall, the song had only started to gain radio airplay, but when he played the song Houser’s fans were singing right along. The hooks in the song are strong, and obviously the subject matter struck a chord with listeners, too.
“It’s just a fun song, fun to sing every night,” Houser said. “And hopefully [people] end up with a goodnight kiss every now and then.”