Before You Walk Out of My Life

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"Before You Walk out of My Life"
Before You Walk out of My Life.jpg
Single by Monica
from the album Miss Thang
Released August 3, 1995 (1995-08-03)
Format CD maxi single, cassette single, 7" single
Length 4:53 (album version)
Label Rowdy, Arista
Songwriter(s) Andrea Martin, Carsten Schack, Kenneth Karlin
Producer(s) Soulshock & Karlin
Monica singles chronology
"Don't Take It Personal"
"Before You Walk out of My Life"
"Why I Love You So Much/Ain't Nobody"

"Before You Walk out of My Life" is a song by American R&B singer Monica. It was written by Andrea Martin and Soulshock & Karlin, and it was produced by Soulshock & Karlin for Toni Braxton's album Secrets[1] but ended up on Monica's debut studio album, Miss Thang (1995). The song was released as the album's second single on August 3, 1995, with "Like This and Like That" serving as its double A-side stateside.

The single became Monica's second number-one hit on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, spending two weeks at number-one on the chart, and reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number eight on the New Zealand Singles Chart. Additionally, the song was ranked number thirty-eight on the 1996 Billboard year-end chart and certified platinum by the RIAA.[2][3] "Before You Walk Out of My Life," alongside previous single "Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)," made the singer the youngest recording artist to have two consecutive number-one hits on Billboard's R&B chart at the age of fourteen.[3]

An accompanying music video for the single was directed by Kevin Bray and released in August 1995.[4]

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "Before You Walk Out of My Life".

  1. "Before You Walk out of My Life" (Album Version)
  2. "Before You Walk out of My Life" (Mike Dean Mix)
  3. "Before You Walk out of My Life" (Pete Rock Mix)
  4. "Before You Walk out of My Life" (Tony Rich Remix)


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 22
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 7
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 1
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 30

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 38

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Video on YouTube
  2. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  3. ^ a b Christian, Margena A. (2003-07-28). "Monica: Shares Life's Lessons On New CD After The Storm". Jet. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  4. ^ "Monica Videography". Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  5. ^ " – Monica – Before You Walk Out of My Life". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  6. ^ "Monica: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  7. ^ "Monica – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Monica. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  8. ^ "Monica – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Monica. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  9. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 

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