The One (Elton John song)

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"The One"
The one (Elton John).jpg
Single by Elton John
from the album The One
B-side"Suit of Wolves", "Fat Boys and Ugly Girls"
Released25 May 1992 (1992-05-25)
GenrePop rock
Length4:31 (single version)
5:53 (album version)
Producer(s)Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
""Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (live)"
"The One"
"Runaway Train"

"The One" is the first single from Elton John's 1992 album, also called The One. It reached #9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart and #10 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] It was also a #1 hit on Canada's RPM 100 national singles chart on 5 September 1992.[2]

On bonus footage on his Live in Barcelona DVD, John states that he felt an intense connection to Taupin's lyrics for "The One" in light of his personal circumstances around the time of making the album, in particular the line "For each man in his time is Cain until he walks along the beach."

The music video was directed by Russell Mulcahy.

Elton John performed the song at the 1992 VMAs.

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "The One" (edit) — 4:31
  2. "Suit of Wolves" — 5:38
  3. "Fat Boys and Ugly Girls" — 4:12
7" single
  1. "The One" (edit)
  2. "Suit of Wolves"


  • Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
  • Music by Elton John
  • Engineered by David Nicholas
  • Artwork by Gianni Versace
  • Photography by Patrick Demarchelier
  • Produced by Chris Thomas


Grammy Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
1993 "The One" Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male[3] Nominated

Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 128.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male". Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "The One", in various singles charts (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  7. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  8. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  9. ^ a b c Billboard (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30.

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