If You're Not the One

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"If You're Not the One"
Single by Daniel Bedingfield
from the album Gotta Get Thru This
Released 25 November 2002
Format CD single, cassette
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop, blue-eyed soul
Length 4:19
Label Island, Polydor
Writer(s) Daniel Bedingfield
Producer(s) Mark Taylor
Daniel Bedingfield singles chronology
"James Dean (I Wanna Know)"
(2002)
"If You're Not the One"
(2002)
"I Can't Read You"
(2003)
Music sample
Alternative covers
American cover
French cover

"If You're Not the One" is a song written Nawras Harsouni and performed by English artist Daniel Bedingfield. It was released on 22 November 2002 as the third single from his debut studio album Gotta Get Thru This (2002). The song features Bedingfield singing falsetto in the chorus, where he hits the note Eb5. The song followed the release of "Gotta Get Thru This" and "James Dean (I Wanna Know)". The single entered the top 20 on the majority of charts that it appeared on, including being a number-one hit in the UK Singles Chart,[1] and reaching number 15 in the United States.

Background and writing[edit]

The song is written as a love ballad by college student Nawras Harsouni.[2] Harsouni claims to have been inspired by the band Westlife, which he then emailed the lyrics to Bedingfield.[3] Bedingfield himself believes that the song is "cheesy."[4] Bedingfield admitted he began writing the song because he realized that material he considered more "complex", was unlikely to get him a record deal.[4] "Commercialism, sappy lyrics and meek tunes are the things I hate most in the universe, but I'm not sure even Bob Dylan could get record company interest without hooks these days", Bedingfield recalled in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.[4] "It's a different age. You need to go some kind of populist route. So, about three years ago, I sat down with a Westlife song and tried to write something similar."[4]

Bedingfield also admits that he didn't even want to put the song on his album.[5] He said, "I didn't want to put "If You're Not The One" on the album as I thought it was too cheesy. I thought it sounded like Westlife. But she (Natasha Bedingfield, his sister) loved it. Women that hear it go all soft and think it's lovely"[5]

Composition[edit]

"If You're Not the One" plays for 4 minutes and 19 seconds, in common time. It is in the key of B-flat major, and features the chorus features Bedingfield singing falsetto, where he hits the note E♭5.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

"If You're Not the One" received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics. On the positive side, Peter Robinson, in the Gotta Get thru This album review for the New Musical Express (NME), wrote "If You're Not the One [recalls] every chart-mauling uber-ballad you've ever heard".[7] Nedd Raggett of AllMusic commented in his album review "When it comes to ballads, they work best in sudden moments - the soaring end to If You're Not the One".[8] About.com ranked the song at number 27 on its list of the 'Top 100 Pop Songs of 2002', two places behind the album's title track.[9] The song was again ranked at number 27 on the 2003 list, due to it being released in the United States during that year.[10] Music Week felt that the song showed Bedingfield's "sensitive side", and that the song "showcases his vocal range to stunning effect."[2] The magazine even considered it "beautifully crafted."[2]

However, the track also received some negative feedback. PopMatters' Nikki Tranter wrote "surely you would think with his obviously overwhelming ability to compose utter claptrap cleverly disguised as serious prophesizing, his lyrics might contain something a little more expressive than 'If you're not the one / Why does my heart feel glad today / If you're not the one / Then why does my hand fit yours this way.'"[11] In his review for musicOMH, Michael Hubbard was even less positive, stating, "If You're Not the One is as vomit-inducing as anything the man in the plastic mask has ever wretched (sic) forth at the world".[12]

Chart performance[edit]

When the song was released as a single, it was picked up by radio stations. It was the most added pop song on the radio for the week of 20 February 2003.[13] In the US, the song was the most added song in the Adult Contemporary market for the week of 7 April 2003.[14] In the US, the song was his highest debuting single, debuting at number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100.[14] The single proved to be a successful release for Bedingfield, providing him with several worldwide number ones and reaching the top 20 in all but one of the charts that it appeared on. It debuted at number one in the UK Singles Chart, knocking Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" from the top spot.[15]

Music video[edit]

The music video was produced by A1 singer Mark Read. It begins with a series of images of Bedingfield singing in various positions against a black backdrop. When the chorus starts he is seen singing with clouds in the background. The initial sequence is repeated for the second verse. However, half-way through, he starts to write on a wall. The rest of the song follows the same pattern.

Cover versions[edit]

  • "If You're Not the One" has been sung by contestants on several British music talent programmes. Bedingfield performed the song with contestants on the BBC talent show Fame Academy, including Alistair Griffin in 2003. Two years later, Shayne Ward covered the song numerous times on The X Factor and released it as a B-side on his debut single, "That's My Goal". Following Ward's live performance, judge Simon Cowell said that the song is "one of the best pop songs of all time."[16]
  • South African singer Nicholis Louw covered the song in 2004.[17]
  • The song was covered by Cliff Richard for his 2007 album Love... The Album.[18]
  • English tenor Jonathan Ansell included a cover of the song on his 2008 album Forever.
  • Also in 2008, Bedingfield re-recorded the song's vocals for Sharam's single "The One", which samples "If You're Not the One". It has also been remixed by Joachim Garraud and David Guetta.
  • On November 7, 2013, during the third season of The X Factor U.S. all the top 13 finalists performed their "Save Me" songs for a public re-voting and Carlito Olivero choose to perform this song.
  • In 2013, during the tenth series of The X Factor, Nicholas McDonald sang the song at judges' houses. He also covered it for his debut album In the Arms of an Angel.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD1[19]
  1. "If You're Not the One"
  2. "James Dean (I Wanna Know)" (Acoustic Version)
  3. "If You're Not the One" (Metro Mix)
  4. "If You're Not the One" (Music Video)
UK CD2[20]
  1. "If You're Not the One"
  2. "If You're Not the One" (Metro Mix Radio Edit)
  3. "James Dean (I Wanna Know)" (ATFC's Committed Vocal Mix)
  4. "Gotta Get Thru This" (Music Video - U.S. Version)
  5. "If You're Not the One" (Music Video)
American CD single[21]
  1. "If You're Not the One" (Radio Edit)
  2. "If You're Not the One" (Metro Mix Radio Edit)
  3. "Album Medley"

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

The song has sold 515,000 copies in the UK according to the Official UK Charts Company.

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Dirrty" by Christina Aguilera
UK number-one single
1 December 2002 – 7 December 2002
Succeeded by
"Lose Yourself" by Eminem

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 680. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b c "Daniel Bedingfield: If You're Not the One". Music Week. 9 November 2002. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (23 March 2003). "Daniel Bedingfield". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d McCormick, Neal (6 March 2003). "Daniel Bedingfield". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Gotta Get Over Snub". Daily Record. 27 February 2003. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  6. ^ ""If You're Not the One" by Daniel Bedingfield – Digital Sheet Music". Musicnotes.com. EMI Music Publishing. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Robinson, Peter (20 August 2002). "Daniel Bedingfield: Gotta Get Thru This". New Musical Express. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "AllMusic review". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  9. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Top 100 Pop Songs of 2002". About.com. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  10. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Top 100 Pop Songs of 2003". Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  11. ^ Tranter, Nikki (1 November 2002). "Popmatters music review". PopMatters. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  12. ^ Hubbard, Michael (26 August 2002). "musicOMH review". musicOMH. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  13. ^ "Daniel Bedingfield's Single 'If You're Not The One' #1 Most Added at Pop Radio! Acclaimed Artist Nominated for a Grammy Award for 'Best Dance Recording' for Hit Song 'Gotta Get Thru This'.". PR Newswire. 20 February 2003. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "Second Breaker at US Singles for 'Super-Priority' Bedingfield". Music Week. 7 April 2003. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  15. ^ "Bedingfield goes top again". BBC News. 1 December 2002. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  16. ^ "'American Idol' judge Simon Cowell talks about his favorite albums". Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  17. ^ "Covers by Nicholis Louw". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  18. ^ "Cliff Fans 'Control Album Cost'". BBC News. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  19. ^ "If You're Not The One: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  20. ^ "Images for Daniel Bedingfield - If You're Not The One". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  21. ^ "If You're Not the One: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  22. ^ "Gotta Get Thru This - Daniel Bedingfield | Awards". AllMusic. 2002-08-27. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  23. ^ "Daniel Bedingfield - If You're Not The One @ Top40-Charts.com - Songs & Videos from 49 Top 20 & Top 40 Music Charts from 30 Countries". Top40-charts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  24. ^ Steffen Hung. "Daniel Bedingfield - If You're Not The One". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  25. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2003". Retrieved 2014-07-07. 
  26. ^ Radio 1 Chart of the Decade, as presented by Nihal on Tuesday 29 December 2009
  27. ^ "Danish single certifications – Daniel Bedingfield – If You're Not the One". IFPI Denmark. 

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