Only Time

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"Only Time"
Enya - Only Time cover.jpg
Original release
Single by Enya
from the album A Day Without Rain
Released 20 November 2000
Recorded 2000
Genre New age
Length 3:38 (album version)
3:15 (Pop Radio Remix)
Label Warner Music
Producer(s) Nicky Ryan
Enya singles chronology
"Only If..."
"Only Time"
"Wild Child"
"Only If..."
"Only Time"
"Wild Child"
Music video
"Only Time" on YouTube

"Only Time" is a song by the Irish singer, songwriter and musician Enya, released in November 2000 as the lead single to her fifth studio album, A Day Without Rain (2000).


In 2001, "Only Time" was released again as a remix. The track was remixed by the Swiss American Federation (S.A.F.) (Christian B. and Marc Dold) with a final remix by Enya's producer, Nicky Ryan. Enya donated the earnings from the sale of that single to the Uniform Firefighters Association's Widows' and Children's Fund to help the families of fire fighters in the aftermath of 9/11.[1] The song was also featured in the soundtrack of the motion picture Sweet November. Following the September 2001 attacks, sales of the album and its lead single, "Only Time", skyrocketed after it was used by several radio and television networks in their coverage and aftermath of the attacks. As a result, "Only Time" climbed to number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number one on the adult contemporary chart.[2][3][4]

During the summer of 2001, NBC used the song in commercials to promote Friends, which ended its season on a cliffhanger. NBC also used it as background during the death scene for character Bobby Caffey in the episode "Unfinished Business" (aired March 12, 2001) during the second season of Third Watch. The exposure helped the song gain familiarity and increased radio play. As a result, the song became Enya's first top 40 radio hit in 12 years. The song appeared twice on the TV show Viva La Bam where it first appeared in the montage of Bam Margera destroying Don Vito's cars in "Bamiature Golf" and again in "Where's Vito?" during a retrospective for Bam's Hummer after it was thrown off the cliff by Vito. Enya performed the song at the 2001 World Music Awards. On November 13, 2013, a Volvo Trucks campaign featuring the song and Jean-Claude Van Damme was launched. The success of the ad caused "Only Time" to re-enter the Billboard Hot 100 at #43,[5][6] and the UK Singles Chart at #95. The song's music video, which shows Enya performing the song in a spring, summer, fall and winter theme, was directed by Graham Fink and was released in 2000.[7] In 2002, the song received a ECHO Award for Best Single of the Year.

Live performances[edit]

Enya performed "Only Time" several times, performances included Larry King Live, Children in Need, This Morning, The View, Happy Xmas Show, Entertainment Tonight, Live! with Regis and Kelly, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and 2001 World Music Awards.

Track listings[edit]

2000 original release (single)[edit]

  1. "Only Time"
  2. "The First of Autumn"
  3. "The Promise"

2001 remix release (EP)[edit]

  1. "Only Time (S.A.F. Remix)"
  2. "Oíche Chiúin"
  3. "Willows on the Water"
  4. "Only Time"

"Oíche Chiún" is properly spelled as "Oíche Chiúin" on some editions.

Promotional 2001 release[edit]

  1. "Only Time (S.A.F. Pop Radio Remix)"

Cover versions[edit]

Charts and sales[edit]


  1. ^ Only Time song details at
  2. ^ Billboard
  3. ^ Hot 100 chart stats from
  4. ^ Billboard
  5. ^ Davies, Alex (14 November 2013). "Jean-Claude Van Damme Did A Crazy Split Standing On 2 Trucks For A Volvo Ad". Business Insider. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Only Time, 2000. Directed by Graham Fink". EnyaOne. 2000. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  8. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  9. ^ " – Enya – Only Time" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  10. ^ " – Enya – Only Time" (in French). Ultratip.
  11. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b " – Enya – Only Time" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ " – Enya Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  14. ^
  15. ^ " – Enya – Only Time" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  16. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 2007-05-12. 
  17. ^ " – Enya – Only Time". Singles Top 100.
  18. ^ " – Enya – Only Time". Swiss Singles Chart.
  19. ^
  20. ^ a b "Enya – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Enya.
  21. ^ "Enya – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Enya.
  22. ^ "Enya – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Enya.
  23. ^ "Enya – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Enya.
  24. ^ Billboard
  25. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  26. ^ "GFK Chart-Track - TOP 100 SINGLES, WEEK ENDING 21 November 2013". 
  27. ^
  28. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Enya – Only Time" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Enya in the field Interpret. Enter Only Time in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  29. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Enya; 'Only Time')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  30. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Enya; 'Only Time')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"There You'll Be" by Faith Hill
"If You're Gone" by Matchbox Twenty
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
September 29, 2001 (first run)
October 13, 2001 (second run)
October 27, 2001 (third run)
November 10 – December 1, 2001 (fourth run)
Succeeded by
"If You're Gone" by Matchbox Twenty
"There You'll Be" by Faith Hill
"Hero" by Enrique Iglesias