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"Could I Have This Kiss Forever"
Single by Whitney Houston featuring Enrique Iglesias
from the album Enrique and Whitney: The Greatest Hits
Released July 25, 2000
Format CD single, CD maxi
Recorded Fall 1999
Genre Pop, R&B, Latin
Length 4:21 (album version)
3:55 (video/single version)
Label Arista
Writer(s) Diane Warren
Producer David Foster
Whitney Houston chronology
"I Learned from the Best"
"Could I Have This Kiss Forever"
"If I Told You That"
Enrique Iglesias chronology
"Be With You"
"Could I Have This Kiss Forever"
"Sad Eyes"

"Could I Have This Kiss Forever" is a 2000 duet from singers Whitney Houston and Enrique Iglesias, written by Diane Warren. The song first appeared on Iglesias's debut English-language album Enrique as a slow Latin styled ballad. It achieved success in many countries, including Switzerland where it topped the chart.


Background and release

Houston and Iglesias had never actually met in person as both of them originally recorded the song in separate studios; Houston in Hamburg, Germany and Iglesias in Los Angeles, California. The two eventually met in the studio, however, when the song was re-recorded for single release, with the new version being mid-tempo. The new version was released by Houston's label, Arista, as the first USA single of her greatest-hits collection Whitney: The Greatest Hits, (while "If I Told You That" lead as the single in most European countries). It was the sixth single from Enrique's album Enrique and available in his compilation Greatest Hits (Enrique Iglesias album) released in 2008.

Chart performances

The song was moderately successful internationally; hitting #1 in several countries worldwide, among them Switzerland and Spain. It also hit the Top Ten in others, and attain Gold status in Australia, Germany, and Switzerland, and reached the European top ten. It had minor success in the US, reaching #52.

Track listings

  1. "Could I Have This Kiss Forever" (Metro mix)
  2. "Could I Have This Kiss Forever" (Tin Tin Out mix)
  3. "I'm Your Baby Tonight" (Dronez mix)
Europe CD
  1. "Could I Have This Kiss Forever" (Metro Mix) — 3:55
  2. "Could I Have This Kiss Forever" (Original Version) — 4:21
  3. "Could I Have This Kiss Forever" (Tin Tin Out Remix Edit) — 3:38
  4. "If I Told You That" (Johnny Douglas mix) — 4:48
  5. "I'm Every Woman" (Clivilles and Cole mix) — 4:31
  6. "Queen of the Night" (CJ Mackintosh mix) - 5:19


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Australia[1] Gold 2000 35,000
France[2] Silver January 17, 2001 125,000
Germany[3] Gold 2000 150,000
Swiss[4] Gold 2000 25,000


Chart (2000) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[5] 9
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 8
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[5] 8
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[5] 5
Dutch Mega Top 100[5] 1
Eurochart Hot 100[6] 1
Finnish Singles Chart[5] 17
French SNEP Singles Chart[5] 16
German Singles Chart[5] 5
Irish Singles Chart[7] 8
Italian FIMI Singles Chart[5] 6
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[5] 7
Norwegian Singles Chart[5] 7
Swedish Singles Chart[5] 1
Spanish Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart[5] 1
UK Singles Chart[8] 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [9] 52
End of year chart (2000) Position
Australian Singles Chart[10] 11
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[11] 10
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[12] 38
French Singles Chart[13] 15
Swiss Singles Chart[14] 7
Preceded by
"Music" by Madonna
Swiss number-one single
October 8, 2000 - October 15, 2000 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" by Modjo


  1. ^ Australian certifications (Retrieved July 22, 2008)
  2. ^ French certifications (Retrieved July 22, 2008)
  3. ^ German certifications (Retrieved July 22, 2008)
  4. ^ Swiss certifications (Retrieved July 22, 2008)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m ""Could I Have This Kiss Forever" on". Retrieved 2008-07-22.  
  6. ^ ""U2's 'Beautiful' U.K. No. 1" on". Retrieved 2000-10-16.  
  7. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved July 30, 2008)
  8. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved July 30, 2008)
  9. ^ ""The Billboard Hot 100" on". Retrieved 2000-06-17.  
  10. ^ 2000 Australian Singles Chart (Retrieved July 30, 2008)
  11. ^ 2000 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart (Retrieved July 30, 2008)
  12. ^ 2000 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved July 30, 2008)
  13. ^ 2000 French Singles Chart (Retrieved July 30, 2008)
  14. ^ 2000 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved July 30, 2008)


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