The One (Gary Allan song)

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"The One"
Single by Gary Allan
from the album Alright Guy
B-side "I'm Doin' My Best"
Released January 14, 2002
Format CD Single, 7" 45 RPM
Genre Country
Length 4:19
Label MCA Nashville 172232
Writer(s) Karen Manno
Billy Lee
Producer(s) Tony Brown
Mark Wright
Gary Allan singles chronology
"Man of Me"
"The One"
"Man to Man"

"The One" is a song written by Karen Manno and Billy Lee, and recorded by American country music singer Gary Allan that reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It was released in January 2002 as the second single from his album Alright Guy. This song also entered the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Allan's first Top 40 entry on that chart.


The song is a ballad, in which the narrator offers to wait patiently for the woman he loves to return his affection.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Morgan Lawley, and released in April 2002. It was filmed on location in on a set in Los Angeles. It features Allan driving in a truck, and with his lover in various places, including a house, flea market, and street corner


Rick Cohoon of Allmusic gave the song a positive review. He called it "one of [Allan's] most romantic love ballads." He also stated that "without the vocals, the words seem a bit sappy and over-dramatic."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

"The One" debuted at number 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of January 19, 2002.

Chart (2002) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 37

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 13