Heavy rock band System of a Down blasted into the top 10 of the modern rock chart with this hit. It also earned them their first Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance. Clear Channel radio included the song on their list of tracks that radio stations were encouraged to avoid after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Uncle Kracker first gained notice as DJ for Kid Rock. However, his first hit single "Follow Me" reached audiences across a much wider range of genres. The song was a #1 adult pop hit while also reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It uses significant auto-tune processing of the vocals.
"Only Time" became new age artist Enya's biggest mainstream pop hit after being used in the film Sweet November and as advertising music for the TV series Friends. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, its use in accompanying imagery surrounding the event caused the song to have another surge in popularity.