She's the One (World Party song)

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"She's the One"
Song by World Party
from the album Egyptology
Released 1997
Recorded 1996/97
Genre Alternative rock, Britpop
Length 4:56
Label The Enclave
Songwriter(s) Karl Wallinger
Producer(s) Karl Wallinger
Egyptology track listing
"Vanity Fair"
"She's the One"
"Vocal Interlude"

"She's the One" is a song by British rock band World Party. It was written and produced by Karl Wallinger for World Party's fourth studio album, Egyptology (1997).

The song won an Ivor Novello Award in 1997.[1] World Party performed the song live on Later... with Jools Holland in 1998, before it was covered by Robbie Williams the following year.

Robbie Williams version[edit]

"She's the One"
Single by Robbie Williams
from the album I've Been Expecting You
Released 8 November 1999
Format CD single, cassette
Recorded 1999
Genre Pop
Length 4:18 ("She's the One")
2:51 ("It's Only Us")
Label Chrysalis
Songwriter(s) Karl Wallinger
Producer(s) Guy Chambers, Steve Power
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"She's the One" / "It's Only Us"
"Win Some Lose Some"
"She's the One" / "It's Only Us"
"Win Some Lose Some"
Music video
"She's the One" on YouTube

In 1999, "She's the One" was covered by Robbie Williams and released as a double A-side single with "It's Only Us". It was the fourth single from his second studio album, I've Been Expecting You (1998) and was also included on his first compilation album, The Ego Has Landed (1999). The song became Williams' second number-one single in the United Kingdom.

The song went on to win a number of awards around the world, including a 2000 Brit Awards for British Single of the Year and British Video of the Year in 2000, and it also won a Capital Radio Award for Best Single.

Chart performance[edit]

"She's the One" became Williams' second number-one solo single in the United Kingdom, shipping over 490,000 copies[2] and being certified Gold by the BPI. The single also reached the top three in New Zealand.

Music video[edit]

In the video Williams is coach to an ice skating couple - portrayed by Pamela O'Connor and Jonathon O'Dougherty - but when the male skater gets injured during practice, Williams takes his place for the final and gets the highest scores. In the video he performs a backflip, which is actually illegal in competitive figure skating.

Philip Woods, a 10-year-old figure skater from Chelmsford, was chosen to play the young Williams in a flashback, although he never met the singer during filming.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "She's the One" (Wallinger) – 4:18
  2. "It's Only Us" – 2:51
  3. "Millennium" (Live at Slane Castle) – 4:39
  4. "She's the One" (enhanced video)


  1. "It's Only Us" – 2:51
  2. "She's the One" – 4:18
  3. "Coke & Tears" – 4:24
  4. "It's Only Us" (enhanced video)

Charts and certifications[edit]


Other versions[edit]

Andy Williams released a version of "She's the One" on his 2007 album, I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up. The song was also included on Eoghan Quigg's critically vilified 2009 album. German jazz and pop artist Marc Secara recorded the song with the Berlin Jazz Orchestra on the CD You're Everything and released March 2008; this was arranged for big band by Steve Gray.[18]

On 10 October 2009, Olly Murs covered the song during the first live show of the sixth series of The X Factor. During the final of the following series, One Direction also performed a duet of the song with Williams. In the tenth series of the show, Nicholas McDonald performed the song as well. On 11 October 2014, Jake Quickenden sang it during the eleventh series.

Hong Kong girl band 2R released a single called "When He's the Only One in the World" in 2006 for their first greatest hit album. The song largely sampled the verse of "She's the One".


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  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
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  18. ^ You're Everything CD, Marc Secara and Berlin Jazz Orchestra arranged by Steve Gray, track #3 - 'She's the One'

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