Anytime (album)

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Studio album by Brian McKnight
Released September 23, 1997
Genre R&B
Length 54:14
Label Mercury Records
Motown Records (1998 re-release)
Producer Brian McKnight, Sean Combs, The Hitmen (production team) Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Stevie J., Trackmasters, Keith Thomas, Anthony Nance, Peter Black, Troy Taylor, Charles Farrar
Brian McKnight chronology
I Remember You
Singles from Anytime
  1. "You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)"
    Released: August 19, 1997
  2. "Anytime"
    Released: November 16, 1997
  3. "The Only One For Me"
    Released: April 7, 1998
  4. "Hold Me (Remix)"
    Released: November 10, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Anytime is the third album by Brian McKnight. This was the last record McKnight recorded with Mercury Records before moving to Motown. In fact, Anytime would be re-released on Motown after he signed with the label (as Mercury and Motown at the time were both owned by PolyGram). It broke into the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, and to date is McKnight's highest peaking album on the Top R&B Albums chart where it took the No. 1 position for three weeks. It was certified double platinum by the RIAA on October 15, 1998.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Anytime" (Brian McKnight, Brandon Barnes) - 4:33
  2. "Could" (Brian McKnight, Brandon Barnes) - 4:26
  3. "You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)" - 4:46 (featuring Mase) (Brian McKnight, Kelly Price, Sean Combs, Mason Betha, Ronald Lawrence, Steven Jordan, James Brown) (sampled from "I Got Ants in My Pants" by James Brown)
  4. "Show Me the Way Back to Your Heart" (Diane Warren) - 3:55
  5. "Every Time We Say Goodbye" (Brian McKnight, Anthony Nance) - 4:05
  6. "You Got The Bomb" (Brian McKnight)- 4:41
  7. "Hold Me" - 3:48 (Samuel J. Barnes, Mary J. Blige, Ronald R. Brooks, Gregory E. Jacobs, Jean-Claude Olivier, Mark Rooney, Tupac Shakur, Larry Troutman, Roger Troutman, Shirley Murdock) (featuring Willie Max) (sampled from "I Get Around" by 2Pac, "Computer Love" by Zapp, "Step in the Arena" by Gang Starr and "Impeach the President" by The Honey Drippers)
  8. "The Only One for Me" (Brian McKnight) - 5:12
  9. "Til I Get Over You" (Brian McKnight) - 4:57
  10. "I Belong to You" (Peter Black) - 4:45
  11. "Jam Knock" (Brian McKnight, John R. Smith) - 4:33 (sampled from "I Can't Wait" by Nu Shooz)
  12. "When the Chariot Comes" (Brian McKnight, Brandon Barnes) - 4:31


The lead single "You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)" became his biggest hit in four years, peaking at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on R&B. It featured rapper Mase, whose own career was at its peak during 1997.

The title track was an even bigger hit, reaching number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart in May 1998. The song was not released as a single, and was therefore ineligible to chart on the Hot 100, but was still one of the most played songs on the radio during 1998.

McKnight's third single "The Only One for Me" hit number 14 on the Rhythmic Top 40 (as no physical single was released for it) and appeared in the sitcom, Sister, Sister, in which Tia (Tia Mowry) and broke up with Tyreke (RonReaco Lee) in the season 6 episode, "The Grass Is Always Greener".

The fourth and final single was "Hold Me" in which the remix/radio edit featured a rap by NBA star Kobe Bryant who also appeared in the music video. It hit number 35 on the Hot 100 and number 12 on R&B.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Anytime at AllMusic