The One (Elton John song)

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"The One"
Single by Elton John
from the album The One
B-side "Suit of Wolves", "Fat Boys and Ugly Girls"
Released 25 May 1992 (1992-05-25)
Format CD, vinyl record (7"), audio cassette
Recorded 1991–92
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:31 (single version)
5:53 (album version)
Label MCA Records, Rocket
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (live)
(1991)
"The One"
(1992)
"Runaway Train"
(1992)

"The One" is the first single from Elton John's 1992 album, also called The One. It reached #9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart and #10 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] It was also a #1 hit on Canada's RPM 100 national singles chart on 5 September 1992.[2]

On bonus footage on his Live in Barcelona DVD, John states that he felt an intense connection to Taupin's lyrics for "The One" in light of his personal circumstances around the time of making the album, in particular the line "For each man in his time is Cain until he walks along the beach."

Elton John performed the song at the 1992 VMAs.

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "The One" (edit) — 4:31
  2. "Suit of Wolves" — 5:38
  3. "Fat Boys and Ugly Girls" — 4:12
7" single
  1. "The One" (edit)
  2. "Suit of Wolves"

Personnel[edit]

  • Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
  • Music by Elton John
  • Engineered by David Nicholas
  • Artwork by Gianni Versace
  • Photography by Patrick Demarchelier
  • Produced by Chris Thomas

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 128. 
  2. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.1987&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=ccntousk30frf6h4jsn237nm12
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "The One", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  4. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.4825&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=ccntousk30frf6h4jsn237nm12
  5. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  7. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  8. ^ a b c Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  9. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I'll Be There" by Mariah Carey
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
25 July – 28 August 1992
Succeeded by
"Restless Heart" by Peter Cetera