The One (Kylie Minogue song)

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"The One"
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album X
Released 28 July 2008 (2008-07-28)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2007
Length 4:05
  • Richard "Biff" Stannard
  • Freemasons
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"All I See"
"The One"
Music video
"The One" on YouTube

"The One" is a song by Australian singer and songwriter Kylie Minogue taken from her tenth studio album, X (2007). "The One" was written by Minogue, Richard Stannard, James Wiltshire, Russell Small, John Andersson, Johan Emmoth and Emma Holmgren, while production was handled by Stannard and Freemasons. The song was released by Parlophone in Europe and the United Kingdom, and by Warner Music in Australia and New Zealand. Originally the song was to be accompanied with a physical release to coincide with the UK leg of the KylieX2008 tour, but was released as digital-only instead becoming Minogue's second digital single after "Over the Rainbow".[1]

"The One" was originally performed by dance music group Laid and Emma Holmgren, but decided to give it to Minogue. For "The One", there are two official composition mixes. The album edit is a midtempo synthpop song, while the single remix is a more upbeat dance-pop song. Freemasons decided to remix the original song for single release. Lyrically, the song is directed at a lover, telling him that she is the one and wanting him to love her. "The One" was generally acclaimed received from music critics, with many praising the musical composition, and lyrical content

Commercially, the song was not successful in the music charts, due to very limited promotion. The song did not chart in her native Australia, becoming a failure in the Oceanic region outside of reaching the top of the airplay chart in New Zealand and peaking at number ten on the dance chart in Australia. In Europe, the song managed to chart inside the top ten in Belgium (Flanders) and Slovakia, and reached number thirty-six in the United Kingdom. The song has featured in several concerts since its release, most recently being performed on Minogue's 2011 Aphrodite World Tour.


"The One" was officially announced as the fourth and last official single from Minogue's tenth studio album X (2007). "The One" was originally performed by dance music group Laid and Emma Holmgren, but they eventually gave it to Minogue to record. Their version managed to appear on the dance compilation Mastercuts: Funky House in 2006.[2] The song was recorded and produced in Brighton, England where they came with other songs with other producers, one being "In My Arms". Minogue's version, however, features new verses than the original recorded.

In an interview with Russell Small, a producer of the album, on UK TV station Channel 4, he revealed that the album had suffered a delay. The main reason why was that when they sent "The One" to Stannard, they did not receive it back and waited for a total of 10 months. He explained; "We co-produced a track for her new album called 'The One' with a guy called Biff Stannard who writes for Spice Girls and has a couple of other tracks on the Kylie album. We sent the track away a year ago and didn't hear anything for about ten months, by which point we were trying to pull it back because we wanted it on our own record, but the day before we finalized our album we found out it had been accepted out of the hundreds of tracks submitted for Kylie."[3]

In an interview with The Sun, she discussed her disappointment with the single releases of the album, including "The One". She said "In retrospect we could definitely have bettered it, I'll say that straight up [...] Wow, In My Arms and 2 Hearts are crackers. They go off like a frog in a sock."[4] Regardless, it was later announced that "The One" would be the last single from the album.


After its completion, "The One" was mastered by Geoff Pesche and mixed by Ash Howes.[5] The song was recorded in a studio, which was set up in Brighton, England, where other songs (including "In My Arms") were recorded. Musically, the album version is a Europop, electronica and electropop-influenced song.[3] However, the remix version of the song is a more uptempo dance-pop song. According to the music sheet at, which was published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is written in the key of D major.[6] The song's beat is set in common time, and moves at a tempo of 123 beats per minute.[6] Minogue's vocals span from the note of F#3 to the note of D5.[6]

Fraser McAlpine from BBC Music said that Minogue has "[the] usual sensual vocals, big synths rushing in on the chorus to accelerate the begging "love me, love me, love me" lyric."[7] He then commented about the single edit by saying "They [Freemasons] manage to actually slot quite nicely into this song, though; although there's a substantial difference between the original and this (namely, some big hairy synths and a rave beat) the original is strong enough to stand its ground without drowning under the Freemasons' treatment."[7] Jax Spike from felt the song was a ballad and compared the song to her 2004 single "I Believe in You".[8] Tom Ewing from Pitchfork Media said "When that track ends and 'The One' shimmers gloriously in with New Order guitars and morse-code synths, the return to 4/4 dance-pop brings an almost tangible inrush of confidence. "I'm the One-- love me love me love me," she sings, and for these four minutes she is and we do."[9]

Lyrically, the song deals with a female (Minogue) telling her lover that she is "the one", and wanting him to love her, chanting the lyric "Love me/Love me/Love me/Love me". Minogue also references the Italian sculptor Michelangelo with the line "Close to touch like Michelangelo."[7]


Critical response[edit]

"The One" was generally acclaimed from music critics. Fraser McAlpine from BBC Music acclaimed it in his review, awarding it five out of five. Though he gave the tracks individual reviews, he concluded about "The One"; "I've waxed lyrical about how seductively friendly Kylie is, vocally, before and there's nothing so utterly extraordinary about this song, musically, that it really needs a total breakdown to be reviewed and perhaps that means its generic, rather than genius but if Kylie can sell this where Roisin Murphy and (to some extent) Cyndi Lauper are failing, then it's far from a bad thing."[7] Michael Hubbard from MusicOMH declared the song the most memorable song of the album X. He compared the song to New Order and Goldfrapp, but stated it "ultimately fails to lift off."[10] Lost at Sea magazine also felt that she paid "homage to New Order]."[11]

Jax Spike from said that the song isn't bad, but he did say the song failed to add anything "new to the table in the progression of the album."[8] However, Jason Shawhan from the same website ranked the song at 12 for his "Song of the Year" chart.[12] Tom Ewing from Pitchfork Media had declared "This kind of unfussy, hook-first music is what Minogue has always been best at, and back in her comfort zone she thrives."[9] Giving the song four out of five stars, Nick Levine from Digital Spy wrote: "This glittery, shimmering techno-pop beauty suits Minogue perfectly, and she responds by investing it with one of her better vocal performances, managing to sound angelic and lusty at exactly the same time. It won't be enough to save X, but 'The One' is a neat reminder that almost nobody beats Kylie when she's on top form."[13]

Peter Robinson from The Observer gave it an acclaimed remark by calling it "a sad disco epic" and said the song is ranked for being one of her best songs ever in her career.[14] The Boston Globe called it a "icy dance-pop anthem."[15] Chris True from Allmusic called the song a "cold, calculated dance-pop that is more indicative of her recent work".[16] BBC Music said "though even that is topped by "The One", which follows in her fine tradition of making songs capable of both breaking your heart and shaking your rump."[17] Evan Sawdey from PopMatters suggested the song would have been good back in her Stock Aitken Waterman days, but said "which, it should be noted, is not a good thing."[18] Dave Hughes from Slant Magazine said along with "Stars"; "[although the songs] don't break a lot of new ground for Minogue, at least she sounds comfortable on them."[19]

Chart performance[edit]

Although the song was released in her native Australia, it failed to make an impact on the Australian Singles Chart. However, the song did peak at ten on the ARIA Dance Charts. In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at thirty-six but fell out after just three weeks in the chart. This was basically due to the cancellation of the physical release of the song, as it was primarily served as a digital download. However, after its failure in the UK, it was released in Europe. Although the song was released in New Zealand, it failed to make an impact on the New Zealand Singles Chart. However, it did chart on the New Zealand Airplay Chart, where it debuted at number two.[20] The song then rose to number one, becoming Minogue's first number one on the radio chart, and her second overall in New Zealand.[21] However, it fell out the next week.

In Belgium, the song was a success, debuting at number thirty in Flanders.[22] The song eventually rose to its peak of number seven. In Wallonia, the song debuted at twenty-six and peaked at fifteen. In the Czech Republic, the song debuted and peaked at thirty-eight for two consecutive weeks.[23] In Hungary, the song peaked at twenty-six on the charts. In Slovakia, the song debuted at number ninety-four. In its tenth week, it rose into the top twenty until peaking at six, becoming a huge success and stayed in the charts for twenty-five weeks.

Music video[edit]

Minogue in the kaleidoscopic art deco inspired video for "The One".

After weeks of speculation (and following the announcement that the physical release had been cancelled), it was confirmed on Minogue's official website that a music video for "The One" had been filmed. It was directed by Ben Ib. The video premiered on the website in August 2008 and uses the Freemasons' edit of the song. It starts off with a male dancer (Jason Beitel) and a female dancer (Nikki Trow) swirling around whilst a kaleidoscopic effect of lights is in the background, often as produced by a spirograph. Her first look is a long and straight blond hair. Minogue then appears dressed in a glamorous 1920s-looking outfit and her hair is tightly curled, featuring the spiral visual motif. Throughout the video we see a continuation of the kaleidoscope effect and Minogue dressed in a long white silk dress, a black tightly cut dress and towards the end the singer is seen with Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses with a short haircut singing the last few lines of the song.

The song itself was not scheduled to be released in Latin America, however the video was delivered to music channels VH1 and MTV Brasil for promotional purposes.

Live performances[edit]

Minogue performed "The One" on the following concert tours:

  • KylieX2008:
    • Original version at the initial concert on 6 May (Paris) and on the 27 June concert (Belfast).
    • "Freemasons Vocal Club Edit" in most subsequent dates.
    • Impromptu acoustic version on the 10 and 11 May concerts (Oslo and Stockholm, respectively).
    • Acoustic version of the first verse and chorus followed by full "Freemasons Vocal Club Edit" on the 15 November concert (Buenos Aires).
  • For You, for Me: acoustic version of the first verse and chorus, followed by "Freemasons Vocal Club Edit" of the rest of the song.
  • Aphrodite World Tour: remixed using elements of both the original version and the "Freemasons Vocal Club Edit".

The song was also performed on:

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "The One" – 4:05
  2. "The One" (Freemasons Vocal Club Mix Edit) – 3:41
  • Digital bundle single
  1. "The One" (Edit) – 3:36
  2. "The One" (Freemasons Vocal Club Mix Edit) – 3:41
  3. "The One" (Freemasons Vocal Club Mix) – 9:14


Chart (2008) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[24] 7
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[25] 15
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[26] 38
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[27] 26
New Zealand Airplay (RIANZ)[21] 1
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[28] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[29] 36

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom 28 July 2008 (2008-07-28) Digital download Parlophone
New Zealand 22 September 2008 (2008-09-22) Warner Music Australasia
Europe 7 October 2008 (2008-10-07) EMI
Australia 20 October 2008 (2008-10-20) Warner Music Australasia


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  15. ^ Back at it, Kylie mines gold from glitter - The Boston Globe
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  19. ^ By Dave Hughes ON FEBRUARY 18, 2008. Kylie Minogue: X | Music Review. Slant Magazine.
  20. ^ C4 TV at the Wayback Machine (archived 25 May 2010)
  21. ^ a b 28 September 2008 - RadioScope New Zealand at the Wayback Machine (archived 25 May 2010). Archive from the original on 21 September 2008.
  22. ^ Ultratop Belgium (Flanders) Issue date: 20/09/2008.
  23. ^ CMS IFPI Kylie Minogue - One.
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  27. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  28. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200842 into search.
  29. ^ "Kylie Minogue: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.

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