Only Time

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"Only Time"

Original release
Single by Enya
from the album A Day Without Rain
Released20 November 2000 (original release)
19 November 2001 (remix)
GenreNew Age
Length3:38 (album version)
3:15 (Pop Radio Remix)
LabelWarner Music Group
Writer(s)Roma Ryan (lyricist)
Enya (composer)
ProducerNicky Ryan
Enya singles chronology
"Wild Child"
(2001)
"Only Time"/
"Only Time (Remix)"
(2001)
"Wild Child"
(2001)
 
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"Only Time"

Original release
Single by Enya
from the album A Day Without Rain
Released20 November 2000 (original release)
19 November 2001 (remix)
GenreNew Age
Length3:38 (album version)
3:15 (Pop Radio Remix)
LabelWarner Music Group
Writer(s)Roma Ryan (lyricist)
Enya (composer)
ProducerNicky Ryan
Enya singles chronology
"Wild Child"
(2001)
"Only Time"/
"Only Time (Remix)"
(2001)
"Wild Child"
(2001)

"Only Time" is a song composed and recorded by Irish singer Enya, first released in November 2000. The release of this single coincided with the release of the album A Day Without Rain. In 2001 "Only Time" was released again as a remix. The track was remixed by S.A.F. (Christian B. and Mark 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. To date, "Only Time" is Enya's biggest solo hit in the United States, where it peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart[2] and #1 on the adult contemporary chart.[3]

During the summer of 2001, NBC used the song in commercials to promote Friends, which ended its season on a cliffhanger. 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.

Contents

Track listings

2000 release

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

2001 remix

  1. "Only Time (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

  1. "Only Time (Pop Radio Remix)"

Cover versions

Charts and sales

Peak Positions

Chart (2000)Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[4]2
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[5]11
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)1
France (SNEP)[6]51
Germany (Media Control AG)[7]1
Italy (FIMI)[8]17
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[9]44
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10]30
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11]1
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[12]32
U.S. Billboard Hot 10010
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks1
Chart (2010)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top New Age Digital Tracks[13]1

Decade-end charts

(2000–2009)Position
German Singles Chart[14]99

Certifications

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[15]Gold15,000x
Germany (BVMI)[16]3× Gold750,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[17]Gold25,000x

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ Only Time song details at Enya.sk
  2. ^ Hot 100 chart stats from billboard.com
  3. ^ Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart stats from billboard.com
  4. ^ "Enya – Only Time – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Hung Medien.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Enya – Only Time" (in French). Ultratip. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Enya – Only Time" (in French). Les classement single. Hung Medien.
  7. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  8. ^ ITA
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Enya – Only Time" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100. Hung Medien / hitparade.ch.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Enya – Only Time". Singles Top 60. Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "Enya – Only Time – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Hung Medien.
  12. ^ UK
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ http://www.rtl.de/cms/unterhaltung/tv-programm/show/die-ultimative-chartshow/hits-neue-jahrtausend-download.html
  15. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Enya – Only Time" (in German). IFPI Austria. http://www.ifpi.at/?section=goldplatin.  Enter Enya in the field Interpret. Enter Only Time in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  16. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Enya; 'Only Time')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. http://www.musikindustrie.de/gold_platin_datenbank/?action=suche&strTitel=Only+Time&strInterpret=Enya&strTtArt=single&strAwards=checked. 
  17. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Enya; 'Only Time')". Hung Medien. http://www.swisscharts.com/search_certifications.asp?search=Enya+Only+Time. 
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