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One" is a song written by Harry Nilsson and made famous by Three Dog Night whose recording reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1969 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 recorded by Australian pop singer I Stand Alone Johnny Farnham, reaching number four on the National Top 40 Chart. Go-Set 
Three Dog Night version [ 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 ]
John Farnham, released as a double-sided single with "Mr. Whippy" in 1969.
In media [ edit ]
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 This song was used in a 2002 episode 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 In Disney's
(2001), the song is also played. Recess: School's Out The song was sung by Nathan Lane and was featured on the soundtrack
in 2002. Stuart Little 2 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 while rehearsing for the 2009 Christmas performance. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 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 2014, the Three Dog Night cover of the song appeared in the teaser trailer for season five of the American crime drama
. Boardwalk Empire In October 2016, an original version recorded by Harry Nilsson was used in
TV series (season four, called "Coats or Keys"). Masters of Sex Also in October 2016, the Harry version was used in
TV series (episode 6, season four, called "The Thrushes"). The Blacklist The Three Dog Night version appeared in the 2016 video game
. Mafia 3 In February 2017, the song was featured in
. The LEGO Batman Movie Three Dog Night's version appears in a
2017 TV commercial for OraVet animal dental hygiene.
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