Honey to the Bee

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"Honey to the Bee"
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Single by Billie
from the album Honey to the B
B-side "What's Missing"
"Call Me"
Released 22 March 1999 (1999-03-22)
Format CD single, Compact Cassette
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop
Length 3:39 (radio edit)
5:04 (album version)
Label Innocent, Virgin
Songwriter(s) Wendy Page, Jim Marr
Producer(s) Page, Marr
Billie singles chronology
"Last Christmas"
(1999)
"Honey to the Bee"
(1999)
"Thank ABBA for the Music"
(1999)
"Last Christmas"
(1999)
"Honey to the Bee"
(1999)
"Thank ABBA for the Music"
(1999)
Alternative cover
UK Special Edition CD 2 / Australian CD Single
UK Special Edition CD 2 / Australian CD Single

"Honey to the Bee" is a song from Billie Piper released in 1999. It was released on March 22, 1999 and debuted at number three on the UK Singles Chart, which also became its peak position. It wasn't a hit in mainland Europe, but became one of Piper's most popular hits in Australia and New Zealand, reaching number six in the former country and number five in the latter. In Australia, it was the 48th best-selling song of 1999.

In January 2007, the song was championed by Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles as part of an experiment to test out the new UK Singles Chart rules that came into effect that month, which prompted the song to reach number 17 on the UK Singles Chart on 21 January 2007, and number 11 on the UK Download Chart.

Music video[edit]

The video, which uses the shorter single version in lieu of the full album version, was directed by Katie Bell, and featured Billie in a computer-animated background.[1]

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Honey to the Bee".

International CD single
(SINCD8; released 13 April 1999 (1999-04-13))

  1. "Honey to the Bee" (radio edit) – 3:39
  2. "Call Me" – 3:58
  3. "What's Missing" – 3:46

UK special edition CD 2 / Australian / New Zealand CD single
(SINDX8; released 13 April 1999 (1999-04-13))

  1. "Honey to the Bee" (radio edit) – 3:39
  2. "Honey to the Bee" (acoustic version) – 4:24
  3. "Honey to the Bee" (Delakota mix) – 5:00
  4. "Honey to the Bee" (music video)

UK Cassette
(SINC8; released 13 April 1999 (1999-04-13))

Side 1

  1. "Honey to the Bee" (radio edit) – 3:39
  2. "She Wants You" (7" disco) – 3:29

Side 2

  1. Interview – 7:10

UK Promo CD
(SINSALES8; released 13 April 1999 (1999-04-13))

  1. "Honey to the Bee" (radio edit) – 3:39
  2. "Honey to the Bee" (acoustic version) – 4:24
  3. "Honey to the Bee" (Delakota mix) – 5:00
  4. "Call Me" – 3:58
  5. "What's Missing" – 3:46
  6. "She Wants You" (7" disco mix) – 3:29

Charts[edit]

Play version[edit]

"Honey to the Bee"
Song by Play
from the album Replay
Released 2003
Genre Teen pop, R&B
Length 4:14
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Wendy Page, Jim Marr
Producer(s) Desmond Child, Bill Padley, Rick Wake, Pamela Sheyne

In June 2003, the Swedish girl group Play covered the song on their third album Replay.[9] Play's version featured a trip hop beat and soprano vocals.[9]

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