Everything but the Girl were an English musical duo, formed in Kingston upon Hull, England in 1982, consisting of lead singer and occasional guitarist Tracey Thorn and guitarist, keyboardist, producer and singer Ben Watt. Everything but the Girl received eight gold and two platinum album BPI Certifications in the UK, and one gold album RIAA Certification in the US. They had four top ten singles and twelve top forty singles in the UK. Their biggest hit song “Missing” charted high in several countries and reached number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1995 and spent over seven months on the UK Singles Chart thanks to an extremely popular remix by Todd Terry which later led to a Brit Award nomination for Best British Single.
The resulting Todd Terry remixed dance version of “Missing” became a worldwide success, matching Everything But the Girl’s best UK chart score of number three in November 1995 and scoring number one on the German singles chart. The song became the duo’s first and only US Top 40 entry on the Billboard Hot 100, entering at number 94 for the week ending 12 August 1995. After a long climb, it peaked at number two during 1996 (in its 28th chart week) behind the sixteen-week number-one reign of “One Sweet Day”, a duet between Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men (which at the time was the longest running number one single on the Billboard Charts). “Missing” eventually logged 55 weeks on the chart (a record at the time which has since been broken; the single is today the eleventh-longest charting song on the US Hot 100). “Missing” was the first ever single to spend an uninterrupted year on the US Hot 100. On Radio & Records magazine’s CHR/Pop (Mainstream Top 40) tracks chart, “Missing” spent four weeks at number one, and was ranked as the number one song of the year for 1996. The original album version of “Missing” also received airplay on adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio stations in the United States.
Even with its success in the mainstream and in nightclubs, ironically with the remix, the song never entered the US Hot Dance Club Play chart.