Almost Doesn't Count

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"Almost Doesn't Count"
Single by Brandy
from the album Never Say Never
Released April 13, 1999
Format CD single, vinyl record, compact cassette
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:37
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Shelly Peiken, Guy Roche
Producer(s) Guy Roche
Brandy singles chronology
"Angel in Disguise"
"Almost Doesn't Count"
"U Don't Know Me"

"Almost Doesn't Count" is an R&B ballad written by Shelly Peiken and Guy Roche for Brandy's second studio album, Never Say Never (1998). It also was produced by Roche and released as the album's fourth single during the second quarter of 1999 (see 1999 in music). The ballad reached the top 20 in New Zealand, the UK, and on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on June 8, 1999 (after reaching the Top 40 on April 27). Brandy performed the song in the 1999 film Double Platinum, starring Diana Ross and herself.

Formats and tracklistings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "Almost Doesn't Count."

US / UK single I
  1. "Almost Doesn't Count" (Radio Remix) – 3:37
  2. "Almost Doesn't Count" (Album Version) – 3:35
  3. "Almost Doesn't Count" (DJ Premier remix) – 3:47
UK single II
  1. "Almost Doesn't Count" (Pull Club radio edit) – 4:15
  2. "Almost Doesn't Count" (club remix) – 4:37
  3. "Have You Ever?" (Soul Shank remix) – 5:40
Japan single (AMCY-7051)
  1. "Almost Doesn't Count" (Album Version)
  2. "Have You Ever?" (Soul Shank remix) – 5:40
  3. "The Boy is Mine" (duet: Brandy and Monica, club remix)
  4. "Almost Doesn't Count" (DJ Premier remix) – 3:47
  5. "Almost Doesn't Count" (club remix) – 4:37


Mark Wills version[edit]

"Almost Doesn't Count"
Single by Mark Wills
from the album Permanently
B-side "Permanently"[7]
Released March 2000
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:37
Label Mercury Nashville
Producer(s) Carson Chamberlain
Mark Wills singles chronology
"Back at One"
"Almost Doesn't Count"
"I Want to Know (Everything There Is to Know About You)"

In 2000, country musician Mark Wills released a cover of the song as the second single from his third studio album, Permanently (see 2000 in country music). This version reached number 19 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Wills's cover was the second R&B cover on this album, following his late-1999 cover of Brian McKnight's "Back at One".

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Michael Salomon and premiered in March 2000. It was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia


"Almost Doesn't Count" debuted at number 64 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of April 1, 2000.

Chart (2000) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[8] 6
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 19

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 72

Other cover versions[edit]


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