One in Ten

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For the LGBT arts organization based in Washington, D.C., see One In Ten (organization).
"One in Ten"
Single by UB40
from the album Present Arms
Released 1981
Genre Reggae
Length 4:33
Label DEP International DEP2
Writer(s) UB40
Producer(s) Ray Falconer
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"One in Ten" is a single by UB40 released in 1981 on their second album Present Arms. It reached No. 7 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

The song title refers to the number 9.6, being the percentage of the local workforce claiming unemployment benefit in the West Midlands in the summer of 1981 when the song was released.[2]

808 State version[edit]

In 1992, English electronic act 808 State remixed and released "One in Ten" as a single, credited as 808 State vs. UB40. This version reached #17 on the UK chart.[3]


  1. ^ "Official UK charts - UB40". Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  2. ^ Gall, Caroline (2009-08-12). "'One in Ten - a statistic, a reminder'". BBC West Midlands News. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  3. ^ 808 STATE | Artist | Official Charts

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