The One (Backstreet Boys song)

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"The One"
Single by Backstreet Boys
from the album Millennium
ReleasedMay 16, 2000
FormatCD single
RecordedOctober 1998: Cheiron Studios
November 2–4, 1998: Polar Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
GenrePop, dance-pop
Songwriter(s)Max Martin, Brian Littrell
Producer(s)Max Martin, Kristian Lundin
Backstreet Boys singles chronology
"Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely"
"The One"
"Shape of My Heart"
Music video
"The One" on YouTube

"The One" is a song by American boy band Backstreet Boys. It was released on May 16, 2000, as the fourth and final single from their third studio album Millennium.[1]


A sneak preview of the song was released on the Selections from A Night Out with the Backstreet Boys CD on November 17, 1998 and had a slightly different sound to it, while another preview was shown at the end of Britney Spears' album ...Baby One More Time (under the title "I'll Be the One") two months later.

In a 2001 interview on The View, the group stated they never really intended "The One" as their fourth single.[2] The group held a poll on TRL allowing fans to choose the next single from their album, and after Nick Carter himself called in and voted for "The One", his large fan-base followed. The rest of the group had preferred the song "Don't Want You Back", which had been leading in votes up to that point.[2][3]

Music video[edit]

Letterboxing is used to show split-screen footage of their Into the Millennium Tour. This screenshot shows Nick Carter (left), AJ McLean (second from left), and various fans (last two frames)


The music video was directed by Chris Hafner and Kevin Richardson in April 2000.[4] Most of the video is in widescreen format, though the within letterboxed black area are pulses of color based on the brightness of the shots. The choruses mainly feature two different clips side-by-side, further letterboxing the video. During the breakdown before the final choruses, the normal letterboxed image is split horizontally into four segments and different clips flash between them with camera flash effects on the borderlines.


The video opened with a dedication to the Boys' fans, crew, band, and dancers. The video itself opens with a time-lapse shot of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse (then named Conseco Fieldhouse), home of the Indiana Pacers, being converted from a basketball court to the band's stage for the Into the Millennium Tour, which is reversed at the end of the video. The remainder of the video is made up of clips of performance footage from the tour, and less notably, a number of panned still images and off-stage clips from behind the scenes, or from other promotional appearances done for Millennium.

The footage is not specifically related to "The One", though there are a few clips of the band synced to the lyrics. A soundtrack of screaming fans was added to the album version of the song to give a live feeling to the song. Concert footage was from the entire tour, including a concert in the Bryce Jordan Center, and the basketball arena at Penn State University. There also appears in the video at segment of the Backstreet Boys playing basketball in Michigan State jerseys. This is because concert footage was also taken from when the band played the Jack Breslin Center.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

This song was also used as the opening song in the anime, Hanada Shōnen-shi.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

CD 1[edit]

  1. "The One" (Album Version) – 3:46
  2. "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" (Soul Solution Mixshow Edit) – 3:40
  3. "Larger than Life" (Jack D. Elliot Radio Mix) – 3:50

CD 2[edit]

  1. "The One" (Album Version) – 3:46
  2. "The One" (Instrumental) – 3:46
  3. "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" (Jason Nevins Crossover Remix) – 3:57



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