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One" is a song written by Harry Nilsson and made famous by Three Dog Night whose cover in 1969 reached number 5 on the Billboard chart. The song is known for its opening line "One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do." It appeared initially on (1968), Nilsson's third album. Nilsson wrote the song after calling someone and getting a Aerial Ballet busy signal. He stayed on the line listening to the "beep, beep, beep, beep..." tone, writing the song. The busy signal became the opening notes of the song.
Al Kooper released the song on his debut album . In 1969, the rock band I Stand Alone Three Dog Night covered the song on their debut album , with Three Dog Night Chuck Negron on lead vocal. The song was released as a single and became a hit, reaching number 5 on the . That same year it was covered by Australian pop singer Billboard Hot 100 Johnny Farnham, reaching number 4 on the National Top 40 Chart. Go-Set [1 ]
Later cover versions [ edit ]
The New Seekers released a version on the 1971 album . Beautiful People
In 1992, it was covered by the band
Chainsaw Kittens on the single for the song "High in High School".
The song was covered by
Aimee Mann for the 1995 Nilsson tribute album . Mann's version also appears in the 1999 film For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson and on the film's Magnolia soundtrack.
In 1995, the song was sung briefly on
at the Warsaw Pub between both Carey and his boss, Mr. Bell, in the first season episode "Nature Abhors a Vacuum". The Drew Carey Show
The song was also covered by the rock band
Filter for the soundtrack to the 1998 film . The X-Files: Fight the Future
Dokken, a 1978 heavy metal band, also covered the song in their 1999 album . Erase the Slate
Aimee Mann covered the song featuring electric piano instead of the telephone beep.
The Beta Band closed their 2001 album with "Won", a hip-hop track built around extensive samples of Nilsson's song. Hot Shots II
Mastodon recorded a cover of the song for the trailer. Army of Two
Alva Noto and Blixa Bargeld, as ANBB, covered "One" in their album . Mimikry
The Muppets and Jimmy Fallon performed an impromptu rendition of the song on the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon while rehearsing for the 2009 Christmas performance.
In 2013, Tracii Guns' League of Gentlemen covered "One" on the album
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic created a video using "One" to promote their US Open final match.
In 2013, Lisa Simpson sang the song at the beginning of Episode 553 of
, dated November 24, 2013. The Simpsons
Use in advertising [ edit ]
The Three Dog Night version of "One" was used in a winter of 2012-13 ad campaign for
Ahold's Stop & Shop, Giant of Landover, Giant of Carlisle and Martin's Supermarket chains.
In July 2014, a version recorded by Order of Era (a collaboration between bands, Civil Civic and Hunting) was used in a LYNX-AXE deodorant television advertisement.
References [ edit ]
^ Nimmervoll, Ed (13 September 1969). "National Top 40". . Waverley Press Go-Set . Retrieved . 16 May 2014