"Let Me Be the One" is a relatively short song, with a run time of 2:25. The song was a potential Carpenters single release in 1971, but Richard Carpenter did not feel that it was likely to be successful.
The 1991 remix for "Let Me Be the One" can only be found on the From the Top box set, for which it was released as a promotional single. It starts off with Karen counting off, and Richard's piano line is very different from the original 1971 mix found on the Carpenters album. In the original 1971 mix, the song fades out; the 1991 remix continues through to the point where Karen and the rest of the musicians create a conclusion.