I'm the Only One

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"I'm the Only One"
Single by Melissa Etheridge
from the album Yes I Am
Released 1993
Format CD single
Cassette single
Recorded A&M Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Blues rock
Length 4:15
Label Island
Writer(s) Melissa Etheridge
Producer(s) Hugh Padgham
Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge singles chronology
"I'm the Only One"
"Come to My Window"

"I'm the Only One" is a Melissa Etheridge song that appears on her 1993 album Yes I Am. The single itself was released in 1993, and hit number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Adult Contemporary charts in January 1995. This is one of her biggest hits to date.


Like many songs on her first album, Melissa Etheridge, "I'm the Only One" deals with non-monogamous relationships. In the verses, the singer tells how much she suffers because her partner desires someone else. In the chorus, the singer reminds her partner that even if her partner is in a new relationship, that the singer will always be the only one who really loves them with passion.


The song has been covered many times on American Idol. In the Top 4 of season one, it was covered by Nikki McKibbin on 80's/90's week. In the Top 10 of season four, the song was covered by Nadia Turner on 90's week. In the Top 16 of season five, Kellie Pickler covered it, before advancing to the Top 12. In season ten, Lauren Alaina coved the song on Top 12 week, the contestants were to choose one song from the year they were born.

On the first season of The Voice, Beverly McClellan covered the song on the 7th episode, the first week of live rounds.

In November 2011, Mark Salling covered the song in Glee's episode "I Kissed a Girl"

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Melissa Etheridge.

  1. "I'm the Only One" – 4:15
  2. "I'm the Only One" (live) – 5:30
  3. "Yes I Am" (live) – 5:02


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1994/1995) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 28
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 4
Canadian single charts 12
Dutch single charts[1] 26

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1994) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 92
End of year chart (1995) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 44

Credits and personnel[edit]



  • Melissa Etheridge – Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled – Bonus DVD

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
January 7, 1995 (first run)
January 21, 1995 (second run)
Succeeded by
"I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men
"Love Will Keep Us Alive" by The Eagles