|Format(s)|| Vinyl record (12"),|
cassette, CD single
|Writer(s)|| Richard Stannard|
|Producer(s)|| Richard Stannard|
- For the song, please see 2 Become 1 (song).
The release dates for 2 Become 1 are 12 December 1996 (Japan), 16 December 1996 (UK), 31 March 1997 (Australia) and 29 July 1997 (U.S.).
The Spice Girls performed the song live at the following events:
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- Main Article: 2 Become 1 (music video)
The music video of 2 Become 1 was first shown in 1996.
The song was generally well-received by music critics.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic gave a positive response: Erlwene called the song a "perfect adult contemporary confection".
Ben Thompson from Amazon.com gave a positive review: Thompson described as "the ultimate guilty pleasure" and a "classic pop song that makes Spice one of the best pop albums of the 90s".
LAUNCHcast's Dev Sherlock gave a positive review: Sherlock called the song a "glossy ballad that would do Mariah Carey proud".
A review from Sputnikmusic by Daniel Incognito gave a negative review: Incognito noticed that the song "feels slightly awkward at times, with Sporty Spice sounding uncomfortable in her more melodic role" and that it "can be called dated" adding that the song "may have been totally appropriate in their day, yet today they just distract from the bubbly party going on in other songs".
Australia In Australia the song debuted on 20 April 1997 at number five, peaking at number two for two weeks, being blocked off the top by Savage Garden's Truly Madly Deeply. It stayed eighteen weeks in the chart, and received a platinum certification by the Australian Recording Industry Association.
France In France the single was their third consecutive top five, it debuted on 1 March 1997 at number nine, peaking at four, staying thirteen weeks on the chart, and receiving a gold certification by the Syndicat National de l'Edition Phonographique.
Ireland In Ireland it was their second number-one. It stayed at the top for six weeks and became their first Christmas number-one single in that country.
Netherlands In the Netherlands the song was the group's third consecutive top ten on the Dutch Top 40, debuting the first week of January at number six, and reaching a peak position of three the next week.
New Zealand In New Zealand the song debuted on 22 December 1996 at number twelve when both Wannabe and Say You'll Be There still were in the top five. It peak at number three, and stayed eighteen weeks in the chart.
Norway In Norway the single debuted on December 1996 at number twelve, peaked at number three, stayed fourteen weeks in the charts, and received a gold certification
United Kingdom The single was originally going to be released in the United Kingdom on 9 December 1996, but the release date was delayed to let Dunblane's Knockin' on Heaven's Door, a tribute to the children killed at the Dunblane Primary School in Scotland, to stay at the top of the UK Singles Chart. The single was released the next week, becoming their third chart-topper, debuting at the top, staying there for three consecutive weeks and giving the girls their first Christmas number-one single in the UK. Even though the single was released in the last two weeks of 1996, it was the ninth best seller of the year, selling more than 200,000 in the first three days and 730,000 in those two weeks. In 1997, it sold a further 350,000 copies, making it the thirty-fifth best seller of that year. It sold 1,093,976 million copies total in the United Kingdom, giving the Spice Girls their second and final million-selling UK single.
United States In the U.S. the song reached the top ten in both the Hot 100 Airplay and the Hot 100 Singles Sales, but failed to top the Billboard Hot 100, stalling at number four. Nevertheless, at the time of its release it became the second-highest debut on the Hot 100 by an international act, entering the charts at number six. The record is held by Say You'll Be There, which debuted at number five.
Europe The single was successful across Europe, reaching number three on the Euro Hot 100. The single was largely successful across the rest of Continental Europe reaching the top ten in Austria, Finland, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland and the top fifteen in Belgium and Germany.
Charts, peaks and certificationsEdit
Formats and track listingsEdit
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "2 Become 1".