21st Anniversary of Brian McKnight’s ‘Back At One’

On this day in 1999, Brian McKnight released what would become his signature song, ‘Back At One’. It was written and produced solely by Brian.

In the US, ‘Back At One’ peaked at #2 for eight consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 behind ‘Smooth’ by Santana, featuring Rob Thomas. It became a hit around the world, notably peaking at #4 in Canada and #7 in New Zealand.

The original music video for the single graphically depicted a plane crash and due to its controversial nature, television stations were forced to stop airing it, and even years later, it has not been uploaded to Brian’s YouTube channel. A second music video was released, which was very simple and safe, and is the one available on Brian’s official channel.


An English-Brazilian version of the song was released with Ivete Sangalo in 2000, and the duet peaked at #10 in Brazil.

Music Video:

English-Brazilian version:

Live Performance:

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