The One Thing (album)

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The One Thing
Studio album by Michael Bolton
Released November 16, 1993 (1993-11-16)
Recorded June - September 1993
Genre Rock
Length 56:21
Label Columbia
Producer Michael Bolton, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Walter Afanasieff, David Foster
Michael Bolton chronology
The Artistry of Michael Bolotin
The One Thing
Greatest Hits (1985–1995)
Singles from The One Thing
  1. "Said I Loved You...But I Lied"
    Released: October 26, 1993
  2. "Soul of My Soul"
    Released: 1993
  3. "Completely"
    Released: 1994
  4. "Ain't Got Nothing If You Ain't Got Love"
    Released: 1994
  5. "Lean on Me"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 1/4 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1.5/5 stars[3]

The One Thing is an album by Michael Bolton, released on November 16, 1993. Although this album contained the hit "Said I Loved You...But I Lied", which reached #6 in the U.S., it did not match the sales of his previous two albums and was an early sign of his faltering chart success after 1993. Nevertheless, the album was a respectable hit on its own going 3xPlatinum in the US only and selling approximately 6 million copies worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Said I Loved You...But I Lied" (Michael Bolton, Robert John "Mutt" Lange) (5:07)
  2. "I'm Not Made of Steel" (Bolton, Diane Warren, Lange) (5:11)
  3. "The One Thing" (Bolton, Warren, Desmond Child) (5:11)
  4. "Soul of My Soul" (Bolton, Warren, Walter Afanasieff) (5:42)
  5. "Completely" (Warren) (4:25)
  6. "Lean on Me" (Bill Withers) (5:20)
  7. "Ain't Got Nothing If You Ain't Got Love" (Bolton, Lange) (5:04)
  8. "A Time For Letting Go" (Bolton, Warren) (5:38)
  9. "Never Get Enough of Your Love" (Bolton, Warren, Afanasieff) (5:06)
  10. "In the Arms of Love" (Bolton, Warren, Child) (4:47)
  11. "The Voice of My Heart" (bonus track on UK version) (Bolton, Lange, Warren, Child) (4:47)


  • Michael Bolton: Main Vocal
  • Johnny Britt, Brigette Bryant, Patty Darcy, Jim Gilstrap, Portia Griffin, Pat Hawk, Dorian Holley, Phillip Ingram, Skyler Jett, Van Johnson, "Mutt" Lange, Phil Perry, Claytoven Richardson, Carmen Twillie, Steve Vann, Monalisa Young: Vocal Backing
  • Dann Huff, Michael Landau, Michael Thompson: Guitars
  • David Foster, Gary Cirimelli, Simon Franglen, Claude Gaudette, Randy Kerber, Phillip Nicholas: Keyboards
  • Walter Afanasieff: Keyboards, Synthesizers, Synthesized Bass, Drum Programming
  • John Robinson: Drums

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1993/1994 U.S. Billboard 200 3
1993 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
1993 UK Albums Chart[4] 4
Preceded by
Superunknown by Soundgarden
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
March 13–26, 1994
Succeeded by
Music Box by Mariah Carey


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 90. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^