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You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs is LeAnn Rimes' second studio album that was released on September 9, 1997 by Curb Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. You Light Up My Life 3:38
  2. The Rose 3:34
  3. Bridge Over Troubled Waters 4:40
  4. I Believe 2:22
  5. Ten Thousand Angels Cried 4:00
  6. Clinging To A Saving Hand 2:45
  7. On The Side Of Angels 3:50
  8. I Know Who Holds Tomorrow 4:42
  9. God Bless America 3:06
  10. How Do I Live (Extended Mix) 4:58
  11. Amazing Grace 4:06
  12. National Anthem 1:59

Chart PerformanceEdit

"You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs" debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 186,000 copies sold during its first week; however, in its second week, the album dropped to #2, but with a 10% increase with sales of 204,500.

In the album's sixth week, it returned to the top of the Billboard 200 with 131,500 copies sold.

The album was certified 4x platinum by the RIAA, denoting shipments of over 4 million copies. It also became the only album in history to debut at #1 on three separate charts at the same time: the Billboard 200, Top Country Albums chart and Billboard Contemporary Christian Albums chart.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Entertainment Weekly gave the album a "C", criticizng Rimes' version of "You Light Up My Life", writing: "What’s most disturbing about Rimes’ rendition, though, is how snugly it fits in with the current flood of remakes or hits that blatantly sample recognizable hooks."

Thom Owens of AllMusic wrote: "You Light Up My Life has as much pop as country, relying on such easy listening standards as the title track, "The Rose," and "God Bless America." As a result, the album has a bit of a bland, homogenous quality -- it certainly could have used a bit of country grit."

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