20 Years Ago: Shania Twain’s ‘The Woman in Me’ Goes Platinum

The Boot
By Gayle Thompson

Twenty years ago today (June 22, 1995) was a pivotal day for Shania Twain. It was on this day that the singer earned her first platinum album (1 million sold) with her sophomore record, The Woman in Me.

The project, which was released the previous February, followed her eponymous debut disc. But it was The Woman in Me that shot Twain to superstar status: She earned four No. 1 songs from the record — “Any Man of Mine,” “If You’re Not in It for Love (I’m Outta Here),” “You Win My Love” and “No One Needs to Know” — and the first single, “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” became Twain’s first Top 20 hit. It’s also the song that she credits with jump-starting her career.

“”Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” was a song that I had already started ...” Twain tells CMT. “My grandmother used to have this saying about cookie crumbs in bed or something like that. Some silly saying that goes back to who knows when. But somehow I made “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” basically about cheating, and I thought it would make a cute little title ... It ended up being one of the biggest songs I’ve ever had.”

The Woman in Me, which has sold more than 12 million copies in the United States alone since its release, was produced by Twain’s then-husband, Robert “Mutt” Lange, whom she wed in 1993. The two co-wrote 10 of the disc’s 12 tracks; Lange wrote “You Win My Love” by himself, while Twain wrote “Leaving Is the Only Way Out” solo.

Twain received her first Grammy Award for The Woman in Me, for Best Country Album, as well as an ACM Award for Album of the Year.

Download The Woman in Me on iTunes.