|Single by the Chimes|
|from the album The Chimes|
|Released||7 August 1989|
|Songwriter(s)||Pauline Henry, Mike Peden, James Locke|
|Producer(s)||Jazzie B, Nellee Hooper|
|The Chimes singles chronology|
"1-2-3" is the debut single of British dance trio the Chimes, written by group members Pauline Henry, Mike Peden, and James Locke. Along with the track "Underestimate", their debut single reached number one for two weeks on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart and is also their biggest single. "1-2-3" was the Chimes' only Billboard Hot 100 hit, peaking at number 82. Although the song stalled at number 60 in the band's native UK, it found chart success in New Zealand, where it peaked at number four.
Stewart Mason from AllMusic described the song as "meaty acid house". Music & Media commented, "A muscular, square beat, a house-oriented piano and a soulful vocal delivery typify this chart-bound club record." Miranda Sawyer from Smash Hits noted Pauline Henry's "remarkable voice" and described the song as "classy" in her review of The Chimes.
|Canada Dance/Urban (RPM)||7|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||41|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||4|
|UK Singles (OCC)||60|
|US Billboard Hot 100||86|
|US 12-inch Singles Sales (Billboard)
|US Hot Black Singles Sales (Billboard)||40|
|US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard)