One Sweet Day
by Mariah Carey (featuring Boyz II Men)

Album: Daydream (1995)
Charted: 6 1
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  • This is about death and wanting to be with a loved one after they passed. The lyric "I'll be with you that sweet day" means "when I die I will be with you then."
  • Mariah Carey wrote this with Boyz II Men. Carey said she wrote a song that was identical to a song Boyz II Men had written, so they combined the two. >>
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    Britney - Calabasas, CA, for all above
  • This was #1 on the US Billboard charts for 16 weeks, which is longer than any other song. Boyz II Men had tremendous success on this chart, with "End Of The Road" #1 for 13 weeks in 1992 and "I'll Make Love To You" #1 for 14 weeks in 1994.
  • This was originally inspired by the death of David Cole, the co-writer and co-producer of C+C Music Factory. Mariah wrote this to let everyone know the pain she was feeling. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Candice - Vancouver, Canada
  • Boyz II Men member Nathan Morris explained how this number came to be written in the book Chicken Soup For the Soul: The Story Behind The Song: "Everything was going great for us. As an original member of Boyz II Men, we had a very successful first CD and were touring a lot. However, a date in Chicago was the beginning of a very tough time for us.

    We were very young, between 16 and 21 at the time. Kahlil Roundtree was our road manager and was like a surrogate father on the road. Our parents trusted him to handle everything, including us, which he did very well. We had some problems with the promoter on this particular date. Kahlil got into it with him about the hotel or some issue in the contract, and he brought us the information in the dressing room after the show to ask our opinion, which was odd since he always just took care of things himself and they ran smoothly.

    Later that night, after the show, he and a partner went to the front desk of the hotel to settle the groups room charges before heading to bed. As they entered the elevator, three men who worked in the parking structure adjacent to the hotel entered as well. Once in the elevator, there was a shootout and he was killed. This was definitely the biggest loss in our career, if not our lives.

    After he died, I began working on a song for him while we were on the road. Not too long after, we got a call from Tommy Mottola asking if we'd be interested in doing a duet with Mariah Carey. We went to the studio she was recording in at the Hit Factory in New York, to hear the song they had in mind. She played us the melody and the hook, and it was amazing. It was almost the same song I was writing. I told her that I was working on a song with a similar melody and, while the lyrics were, of course, different, the premise was the same. They complemented each other. I sang to her the melody and lyrics of what I had written, and we merged the two. We switched things around to make them work and wrote it that day. The other guys in the group filled in the holes to complete it.

    We came back to the studio to record it a week or so later and we only had a few hours to do everything, since we squeezed this in between dates on tour. The photo on the album cover was shot in the elevator on the way up to the studio and the video was shot during the recording session, all in those few hours that day."
  • This came top of a 2011 Rolling Stone poll of the best-ever musical collaboration. Queen / David Bowie's "Under Pressure" was runner-up whilst Aerosmith / Run DMC's "Walk This Way" sauntered into third place. Despite the song's popularity it was a surprise to many that the pop/R&B songstress came out on top of the rock magazine's poll and Rolling Stone itself put the result down to Carey's fans voting en masse. They said: "The song wouldn't have won if the Mariah Carey fans hadn't stuffed the ballot boxes in this poll. Most of you reading this probably don't think it's the greatest duet of all time. You're probably enraged to see it here. We understand. Back in 1995, however, everybody loved it. Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey were both at their peak, and the song held the number one spot for a staggering 16 weeks. Some of you may feel that it hasn't aged all that well, but the voters have spoken. Who are we to say they're wrong?"
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Comments: 7

  • Jane from Bay Area, FlThey played this song the day of Princess Diana's funeral. I remember watching it on the news. It was a very somber moment. It was a beautiful song tribute to a beautiful woman who was well-respected but misunderstood, too.

    As others noted, I love this song, too. Listened to it recently since a family passed away. Cried but made me feel better, too. Beautiful song and lyrics.
  • Jai from Bridgeport, CtThis song makes me think of my Dad RIP 5/22/98
  • Panteriore from Legazpi, United Statesi like the song too in a way that i can relate my self,i also like it coz it's so romantic that can make anyone feel inlove though they aren't,at least the feelinf is mutual.......
    -hazel_panteriore Bicol,Philippines
  • Janie from Jefferson City, TnI love this song. It came out when my best friend of 20 years died in a terrible car wreck. Listening to this song always makes me smile to know that one day we will be together and I know he is shining down on me from heaven. So when this song came out it was like they wrote it about him. In loving memory of Chris.
    Janie-Jefferson City,Tenn
  • Ben from Dallas, TxAside from awesome lyrics, the musical arrangement is so great. When this song came out, I would listen to it over and over again, just astounded at how well Mariah & Boyz II Men meshed well together to create cool harmonies & a unique R&B sound. Boyz II Men & Mariah were at the top of the game in '95 when this hit the charts, which may be a primary reason why the single debuted at #1 & is still, to date, the longest running #1 single of all time, but it has indeed stood the test of time. The lyrics and music can appeal to anybody in many situations.
  • Bernadette from Melbourne, Australiathis song was released close to the time my brother died. it made me cry so much. i was only 6. i have only recently started to listen to this again
  • Karen from Harbor City, Caive always liked this song because it so nice about what it say that one day youll be together and happy...
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