One by One (5:03)

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“One by One” is the first American and second European single by American singer-actress Cher from her twenty-second studio album, It’s a Man’s World. It was released on January 5, 1996 by Reprise Records and WEA.

Song Information

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

In 1995, Cher recorded the song and released it in 1996 as the first U.S. and second European official single for her twenty-second album It’s a Man’s World. The song was virtually unknown prior to the release of Cher’s version.

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.

Music Video

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.


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"Oh no", she said, "Dear daddy, daddy"
"Oh no", she said, "Dear daddy, daddy"
"Oh no", she said, "Dear daddy, daddy"
"Oh no", she said, "Dear daddy, dear daddy"

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