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)
3:24 (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. The album was released in 1999.

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]


"Back at One" went on to be one of McKnight's biggest successes, reaching in to the top ten in New Zealand, Canada, and the US, where it eventually peaked at number 2 for eight weeks behind "Smooth" by Santana. [3]

Original version
Chart (1999–2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 24
Brazil (ABPD)[5] 59
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 47
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 28
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 73
US Billboard Hot 100 2
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks (Billboard) 7
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) 4
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales (Billboard) 30
Remix featuring Ivete Sangalo
Chart (2000) Peak
Brazil (ABPD)[5] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 82
Chart (2000) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 20

Mark Wills version[edit]

"Back at One"
Back at One Mark Wills.png
Single by Mark Wills
from the album Permanently
B-side "Because I Love You"[12]
Released October 25, 1999 (1999-10-25)
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 4:06
Label Mercury Nashville
Writer(s) Brian McKnight
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' cover peaked at #2 on the Billboard country singles charts for a week behind 'My Best Friend' by Tim McGraw. [13] Despite not reaching the top spot in the US, the song did manage to reach number one on the Canadian RPM country tracks. In addition to his country chart success, Back at One also became 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)[14] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 36
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[16] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[17] 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 (en: Party).

In 2000, keyboardist Bob Baldwin released a cover of the song from the album ""[18][19] Also in 2000, Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer Sanchez recorded a reggae cover version of the song over the 'Fi Wi Rock' rhythm produced by King Jammy which became a popular dancehall hit in Jamaica and the U.S. 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.[20][21]

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. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  4. ^ " – Brian McKnight – Back at One". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ a b "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ " – Brian McKnight Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Brian McKnight search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  8. ^ " – Brian McKnight – Back at One". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ " – Brian McKnight – Back at One". Swiss Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Archived from the original on 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  11. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Archived from the original on 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 470–471. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  13. ^ Retrieved 2014-10-19.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9716." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 28, 2000. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  15. ^ "Mark Wills – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Mark Wills.
  16. ^ "Mark Wills – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Mark Wills.
  17. ^ "Best of 2000: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2000. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  18. ^ " overview". 
  19. ^ "Bob Baldwin -". 
  20. ^ "Warren Hill PopJazz". 
  21. ^ "Warren Hill - PopJazz". 

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