One by One (song)

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This article is about the song sung by Cher. For other songs with the same title, see One by One (disambiguation).
"One by One"
Single by Cher
from the album It's a Man's World
Released January 5, 1996 (Europe)
June 4, 1996 (U.S.)
Recorded 1995
Genre Pop/Rock (Europe)
Pop/R&B (US)
Length 5:06 (Europe)
4:06 (U.S.)
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Anthony Griffiths. Cher is credited as composer on the U.S. edition of the album It's a Man's World
Producer(s) Stephen Lipson
Cher singles chronology
"Walking in Memphis"
"One by One"
"Not Enough Love in the World"

"One by One" is the first American and second European single by American singer-actress Cher from her twenty first studio album, It's a Man's World. It was released on January 5, 1996 by Reprise Records and WEA. It was written by Anthony Griffiths of The Real People and had been released by Irish singer Johnny Logan in 1990. Cher is credited as composer on the U.S. edition of It's a Man's World.

Song information[edit]

In 1987, Liverpool-based musician Anthony Griffiths penned the song for his band, "Jo Jo & The Real People", who later shortened their name to The Real People. It was not intended to be released as a single and was not included among the 12 tracks of their eponymous debut album The Real People, released in 1991 on CBS Records.

Irish singer Johnny Logan recorded the song in 1990. It was released as a double A-sided single and reached the Irish top 20.

In 1995, Cher recorded the song and released it in 1996 as the first U.S. and second European official single for her twenty-first album It's a Man's World.

For Cher, although "Walking in Memphis" was chosen as the first single, One by One proved to be more successful in the United Kingdom when it charted at number seven. In the United States the single performed fairly on the Billboard's Hot 100, but was a big hit on Billboard's Adult Contemporary, Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Singles Sales charts.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic was positive by calling it "irresistible, mid-tempo soul."[1]

Music video[edit]

The original video was released in the United Kingdom, which follows the story of an unhappy couple who struggle with problems, but later make up when they realize how much they actually love each other. When the video was released in the United States it followed the same concept, but some scenes were added and some were taken off, the beginning was also much different including animations which followed the beat of the song. Finally a third video was released due to the popularity of the single's club remix. Dan Rucks or most famously known as Dan-O-Rama remixed the video by using a combination of both original videos. The remix used for the video was the Junior Vasquez vocal edit.

Notable live performances[edit]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Official versions[edit]

  • Main UK version (5:06)
  • Main US version (4:06)
  • UK radio edit (4:16)
  • Long version (4:59)
  • with Melle Mel (4:06)
  • Junior's club dub 1(7:22)
  • Junior's club dub 2 (4:02)
  • Junior's club vocal (8:45)
  • Junior's club instrumental (8:40)
  • Junior's club vocal edit (4:21)
  • Junior's a cappella (5:36)
  • Junior's freestyle mix (7:39)
  • Junior's freestyle dub (7:37)
  • X Beat mix (7:36)
  • X Beat dub (7:36)
  • Tribal beats (2:52)
  • Junior's Pride mix (9:08)
  • Bonus beats (3:58)
  • Piano dub (5:26)
  • Santiago dub (7:16)



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