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One" is a song written by Harry Nilsson and made famous by Three Dog Night whose cover in 1969 reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number four in Canada. The song is known for its  opening line "One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do". Nilsson wrote the song after calling someone and getting a busy signal. He stayed on the line listening to the "beep, beep, beep, beep..." tone, writing the song. The busy signal became the opening notes of the song.
Al Kooper released the song on his debut album . In 1969, the song was covered by Australian pop singer I Stand Alone Johnny Farnham, reaching number four on the National Top 40 Chart. Go-Set 
Three Dog Night cover [ edit ]
"One" was released as the second single from
Three Dog Night's eponymous first album. It was a major North American hit and became their first of seven gold records over the next five years.
The song reached number five on the U.S.
Billboard Hot 100 and spent three weeks at number two on the Top 100. Cash Box It also reached number four in Canada. 
Chart performance [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Billboard Hot 100  11
Cash Box  16
Other versions [ edit ]
Mike Melvoin released an instrumental cover of "One" on his 1970 album The Plastic Cow Goes Moooooog.
The New Seekers released a version on the 1971 album . Beautiful People The Shower Scene from Psycho (Melbourne, Australia) released a celebrated version of this on their 'Exploding Hits' in 1984.
In 1992, it was covered by the band
Chainsaw Kittens on the single for the song "High in High School". The song was covered by
Aimee Mann for the 1995 Nilsson tribute album . Mann's version also appears in the 1999 film For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson and on the film's Magnolia soundtrack. In 1995, the song was sung briefly on
at the Warsaw Pub between both Carey and his boss, Mr. Bell, in the first-season episode "Nature Abhors a Vacuum". The Drew Carey Show The song was covered by the rock band
Filter for the soundtrack to the 1998 film . There is also a scene in the movie where The X-Files: Fight the Future Mulder says to a bartender (played by an uncredited Glenne Headly), "You know, one is the loneliest number."
Dokken covered the song on their 1999 album . Erase the Slate
The Beta Band closed their 2001 album with "Won", a hip-hop track built around extensive samples of Nilsson's song. Hot Shots II The song was sung by Nathan Lane and was featured on the soundtrack
in 2002. Stuart Little 2
Alva Noto and Blixa Bargeld, working together for their ANBB project, included a version of this song on their 2010 album Mimikry. In 2013, Tracii Guns' League of Gentlemen covered "One" on the album
Mastodon recorded a cover of the song for the trailer. Army of Two
Electric Six covered the song on their cover album Mimicry and Memories (2015).  In 2014, the Three Dog Night cover of the song appeared in the teaser trailer for season five of the American crime drama
In media [ edit ]
This song was also in 17th episode of the third season of the animated comedy series
called " Family Guy Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows". This song was quoted by Robert Barone in an episode of
. Everybody Loves Raymond 2001: In Disney's
, the song is also played. Recess: School's Out In 2004, the song appears in the third episode of
House ("Occam's Razor"). Dr. House references the song's opening line during a discussion with his team, and the song later plays over the episode's last scene. Also in 2004, the song is briefly sung by Donkey in the film
. Shrek 2
The Muppets and Jimmy Fallon performed an impromptu rendition of the song on the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon while rehearsing for the 2009 Christmas performance. In 2013,
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic created a video using "One" to promote their US Open final match. In 2013, Lisa Simpson sang the song at the beginning of
episode 536 of , dated November 24, 2013. The Simpsons The Three Dog Night version of "One" was used in a winter of 2012-13 ad campaign for
Ahold's Stop & Shop, Giant of Landover, Giant of Carlisle, and Martin's supermarket chains. In July 2014, a version recorded by Order of Era (a collaboration between bands, Civil Civic and Hunting) was used in a LYNX-AXE deodorant television advertisement.
In October 2016, an original version recorded by Harry Nilsson was used in
TV series (season four, called "Coats or Keys"). Masters of Sex In November 2016, the song was featured in the trailer for
The Lego Batman Movie.
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