I Wanna Be the Only One

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"I Wanna Be the Only One"
Eternal I Wanna Be The Only One.jpg
Single by Eternal featuring BeBe Winans
from the album Before the Rain
Released 19 May 1997
Recorded 1996
Genre R&B, gospel
Length 4:18 (album version)
3:36 (radio edit)
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) BeBe Winans and James "Rhett" Lawrence
Producer(s) Nigel Lowis
Eternal featuring BeBe Winans singles chronology
"Don't You Love Me"
(1997)
"I Wanna Be the Only One"
(1997)
"Angel of Mine"
(1997)
"Don't You Love Me"
(1997)
"I Wanna Be the Only One"
(1997)
"Angel of Mine"
(1997)
Alternative Cover
UK CD2
UK CD2

"I Wanna Be the Only One" is a song by British R&B girl group Eternal. It was the third single released from their album Before the Rain. In May 1997, the group joined forces with US singer BeBe Winans. The single topped the UK Singles Chart. The girl group had previously scored #1 hits in Japan with "Stay", "Power Of A Woman", "Who Are You" and "Finally". It had also marked the second time Winans collaborated with the group, following 1994's "Crazy" (from their multi-platinum debut Always & Forever.) which he wrote and produced.

"I Wanna Be the Only One" became Eternal's biggest hit to date: it was the third most played song on British radio and the most played song on European radio by a UK act in 1997. It earned Eternal a MOBO Award and Capital FM Award for Best Single. It was also nominated for Best Single at the BRIT Awards; although the gong went to "Never Ever" by All Saints, unofficial reports suggest that winner was closely challenged by both Eternal and the Spice Girls. As of May 2017, the song has sold 603,000 copies in the UK.[1]

Track listing[edit]

CD1

  1. "I Wanna Be the Only One" (Radio Edit) 3:36 (Horns by Gary Barnacle, Stuart Brooks and Andy Rogers)
  2. "A Friend Is a Friend" 4:10
  3. "Show Me" 4:28
  4. "Don't You Love Me" (French Remix) 3:37

CD2

  1. "I Wanna Be the Only One"
  2. "I Wanna Be the Only One" (Black Box Lelewel 'Til The End Mix)
  3. "I Wanna Be the Only One" (Paul Gotel Dark Skies Mix)
  4. "I Wanna Be the Only One" (SPS Cained Mix)
  5. "I Wanna Be the Only One" (Blacksmith "Eternal's Mix Tape")

Charts and certifications[edit]

Country Position Certification
United Kingdom #1 Platinum [2]
Scotland #1
UK R&B Singles Chart #1
Norway #2 [3] Platinum
Netherlands #3 [4] Platinum [5]
Ireland #3 [6]  
Austria #6 [7]  
Sweden #6 [8]  
France #6 [9]  
Switzerland #7 [10] Gold
Australia #10 [11] Gold [12]
Germany #14 [13]  

References[edit]

  1. ^ Copsey, Rob (25 May 2017). "Official Chart Flashback 1997: Eternal score their long-awaited Number 1". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  2. ^ BPI.co.uk Certification "I Wanna Be the Only One" Accessed: 29 October 2006
  3. ^ NorwegianCharts.com "I Wanna Be the Only One" page. Accessed: 29 October 2006
  4. ^ Top4000.nl Week 30, 1997. Accessed: 28 October 2006
  5. ^ NVPI.nl Dutch certification database Accessed 4 November 2006
  6. ^ IrishCharts.ie Archived 3 June 2009 at WebCite Irish chart search (Accessed: 2 November 2006)
  7. ^ AustrianCharts.at "I Wanna Be the Only One" page. Accessed: 28 October 2006
  8. ^ SwedishCharts.com "I Wanna Be the Only One" page. Accessed: 29 October 2006
  9. ^ LesCharts.com "I Wanna Be the Only One" page. Accessed: 29 October 2006
  10. ^ Swisscharts.com "I Wanna Be the Only One" page. Accessed: 28 October 2006
  11. ^ Australian-Charts.com "I Wanne Be The Only One" page. Accessed: 24 November 2006
  12. ^ Aria.com.au Certifications 1998 Accessed: 29 October 2006
  13. ^ Infinity charts German Top 20 - The Chart Of September 1997 Accessed: 2 November 2006
Preceded by
"You're Not Alone" by Olive
UK Singles Chart number-one single
25 May 1997 - 31 May 1997
Succeeded by
"MMMBop" by Hanson

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