One for Sorrow (song)

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"One for Sorrow"
One For Sorrow.jpg
Single by Steps
from the album Step One
B-side "Too Weak to Resist"
Released 31 August, 1998
(UK & Netherlands)
1998
(Australia)
28 September, 1998
(Germany)
3 August, 1999
(U.S.)
Format Single
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop
Length 4:20
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Steps singles chronology
"Last Thing on My Mind"
(1998)
"One for Sorrow"
(1998)
"Heartbeat/Tragedy"
(1998)

"Last Thing on My Mind"
(1998)
"One for Sorrow"
(1998)
"Heartbeat/Tragedy"
(1998)
Music video
"One for Sorrow" on YouTube

"One for Sorrow" is a song by Steps, which became the group's first single to make it to the Top 5 on the UK charts. Debuting at #2 (behind Manic Street Preachers' "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next") and spending 11 weeks on the British charts, this song firmly established Steps's intention to revive the ABBA sound, striking a considerable resemblance to The Winner Takes It All. A remixed version of this song became their debut US single in 1999 and also featured on the Drive Me Crazy film soundtrack.

Release[edit]

Unlike Steps' previous single, "Last Thing on My Mind", which featured solo vocals by all three girls, Claire performs lead vocals of all of the verses, which are harmonised with Faye, before the entire band join for the chorus. It has since surfaced following the group's reformation in 2011, that after the single, tensions arose in the band due to Richards singing lead vocals on the single, therefore pushing the other four members to the background.

On 29 July 2015 Claire Richards premiered a new solo acoustic version of the track at an event celebrating Pete Waterman's career at the Royal Festival Hall.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard wrote about the song: "U.K. youth quintet Steps is all about conjuring up the timeless Abba in its debut U.S. single, a joyous romp that will propel hands into the air and, with the proper push from Jive, send this song into the upper reaches of the pop charts—where it's already been across much of Europe. This U.S. mix is the tastiest kind of bubble gum, with a happy-go-lucky dance beat from production maestro Tony Moran; a solid, zippy vocal; and a sing-along chorus that sticks with maddening proficiency."[2]

Track listings[edit]

CD1[edit]

  1. One for Sorrow - 4:20
  2. One for Sorrow [Instrumental] - 4:20
  3. Too Weak to Resist - 3:50

CD2[edit]

  1. One for Sorrow - 4:20
  2. One for Sorrow [W.I.P. Remix] - 6:53
  3. One for Sorrow [Acapella Mix] - 4:16

Cassette[edit]

  1. One for Sorrow - 4:20
  2. One for Sorrow [W.I.P. Remix] - 6:53

Australian CD single[edit]

LIBERATION/JIVE (MUSH01806.5)

  1. One for Sorrow 4:20
  2. One for Sorrow (W.I.P. Remix) 6:53
  3. One for Sorrow (Acappella Mix) 4:16

US CD Single[edit]

US Jive 01241-42590-2

  1. One for Sorrow (US Mix) - 3:30
  2. One for Sorrow (UK Mix) - 4:20

US 12" Promo[edit]

US JIVE JDJ-42590-2, 1999

a1. One for Sorrow (Tony Moran Underground Club) 8:37 a2. One for Sorrow (Tony Moran 7") 3:30

b1. One for Sorrow (Tony Moran's Extended Club) 8:12 b2. One for Sorrow (Original Version) 4:20

c1. One for Sorrow (Pimp Juice's Summer Fung 12") 6:28 c2. One for Sorrow (Pimp Juice's Acid Disco Dub) 6:51

d1. One for Sorrow (Soul Solution Extended Vocal Mix) 5:06 d2. One for Sorrow (Tony Moran Underground Instrumental) 8:37

US 12" Single[edit]

US Jive 01241-42589-1

a1. One for Sorrow (Tony Moran's Extended Club) 8:12 a2. One for Sorrow (Original Version) 4:20

b1. One for Sorrow (Soul Solution Extended Vocal Mix) 5:06 B2. One for Sorrow (Pimp Juice's Summer Fung 12") 6:28

Other Official Remixes[edit]

  • One for Sorrow (Japanese Radio Edit)
  • One for Sorrow (Pimp Juices Acid Disco Dub)
  • One for Sorrow (Pimp Juices Summer Fung Mix)
  • One for Sorrow (Sleazesisters Anthem Mix)
  • One for Sorrow (Sleazesisters Anthem Mix Edit)
  • One for Sorrow (Sleazesisters Anthem Edit)
  • One for Sorrow (Sleazesisters Anthem Dub)
  • One for Sorrow (Soul Solution Extended Vocal Mix)
  • One for Sorrow (Tony Moran Extended Club Mix)
  • One for Sorrow (Tony Moran 7" Remix)
  • One for Sorrow (Tony Moran Underground Club Mix)
  • One for Sorrow (Tony Moran Underground Club Instrumental)

Other Versions[edit]

  • One for Sorrow (Sleazesisters 2012 Remix)
  • One for Sorrow (Claire Acoustic Solo version)

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  16. ^ 1998 in British music#Top 40 Singles
  17. ^ "British single certifications – Steps – One for Sorrow". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 15 March 2017. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter One for Sorrow in the search field and then press Enter.
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