Back at One (song)

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"Back at One"
Single by Brian McKnight
from the album Back at One
Released August 17, 1999 (1999-08-17)
Genre R&B, soul
Length 4:23 (Album version)
3:42 (Radio edit)
Label Motown
Writer(s) Brian McKnight
Producer(s) Brian McKnight
Brian McKnight singles chronology
"The Only One for Me"
"Back at One"
"6, 8, 12"

"Back at One" is a song written and performed by American recording artist Brian McKnight, taken from his fifth studio album of the same name.

Chart performance[edit]

"Back at One" made its first chart appearance on the US Billboard Hot 100 eventually peaking at number two.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Francis Lawrence and was nominated for R&B video of the year in the Music Video Production Association Awards.[1][2]


Chart (1999–2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 24
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 4
Germany (Media Control Charts)[4] 47
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 28
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 73
US Billboard Hot 100 2
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks (Billboard) 7

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 82
Chart (2000) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 20

Mark Wills version[edit]

"Back at One"
Single by Mark Wills
from the album Permanently
B-side "Because I Love You"[10]
Released October 25, 1999 (1999-10-25)
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 4:06
Label Mercury Nashville
Producer(s) Carson Chamberlain
Mark Wills singles chronology
"She's in Love"
"Back at One"
"Almost Doesn't Count"

Mark Wills, a country music singer, covered "Back at One" on his 1999 album Permanently, also releasing it as that album's first single. Released two months after McKnight's version, Wills's cover peaked at #2 on the Billboard country singles charts but reached number one on the Canadian RPM country tracks. It was also his fifth entry on the Hot 100 charts, peaking at #36 there.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jim Hershleder.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1999–2000) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[11] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 36
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[14] 22
Preceded by
"Breathe" by Faith Hill
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
February 28-March 6, 2000
Succeeded by
"How Do You Like Me Now?!" by Toby Keith

Other versions[edit]

McKnight also performed the song with Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo on her album Festa.

In 2000, keyboardist Bob Baldwin released a cover of the song from the album ""[15][16] Irish boyband Westlife duetted with Lulu in 2002.

Another instrumental rendition of this song has been performed by saxophonist Warren Hill, from his album 2005 PopJazz.[17][18]

In 2006, British pop singer Shayne Ward also performed this song in his debut album Shayne Ward.

Singer Mijares covered it in his 2009 Spanish album Vivir Así.


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  2. ^ Hay, Carla (2000-04-01). "With Eight, Lauryn Hill Tops Nominees for MVPA Awards". Billboard. p. 102. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  3. ^ " – Brian McKnight – Back at One". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche –" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Brian McKnight search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  6. ^ " – Brian McKnight – Back at One". Top 40 Singles.
  7. ^ "Brian McKnight – Back at One –". Swiss Singles Chart.
  8. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 470–471. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  11. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 28, 2000. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  12. ^ "Mark Wills Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Mark Wills.
  13. ^ "Mark Wills Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Mark Wills.
  14. ^ "Best of 2000: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2000. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  15. ^ " overview". 
  16. ^ "Bob Baldwin -". 
  17. ^ "Warren Hill PopJazz". 
  18. ^ "Warren Hill - PopJazz". 

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