I'm the Only One

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"I'm the Only One"
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Single by Melissa Etheridge
from the album Yes I Am
FormatCD single
Cassette single
RecordedA&M Studios, Los Angeles
GenreRock, roots rock, blues rock, southern rock, country rock
Songwriter(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 was released in 1993, reaching number 12 in Canada and number 26 in the Netherlands. In the United States it was slow to gain momentum, but it eventually peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in January 1995. It remains one of her biggest hits.


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.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "I'm the Only One" was directed by David Hogan, marking their first collaboration on a video.[1][2] Hogan, who became friends with Etheridge, later helmed several other of her videos, including "Your Little Secret" in 1995 and "I Want to Be in Love" in 2001.[1]

It largely shows Etheridge performing at a club (including several close-up shots of her face) as well as same-sex couples making out to her sensual music.


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 covered the song on Top 12 week, when 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 were 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

Credits and personnel[edit]



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  2. ^ Luck, Joyce (1997). "Melissa Etheridge: Our Little Secret (page 194)". ECW Press (Google Books). Retrieved April 16, 2016.
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  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2694." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (17.–23.11 '94)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). November 17, 1994. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
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  10. ^ "Melissa Etheridge Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Melissa Etheridge Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  12. ^ "Melissa Etheridge Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
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  14. ^ U.S. Cash Box Chart Entries – 1990 – 1996
  15. ^ "The RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1993". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  16. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1994". Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  17. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1995". Archived from the original on August 15, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  • Melissa Etheridge – Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled – Bonus DVD

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