The Only One (The Cure song)

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"The Only One"
The only one cover.jpg
Single by The Cure
from the album 4:13 Dream
A-side ""The Only One" (Mix 13)"
B-side ""NY Trip""
Released 13 May 2008
Format 7" single, CD, music download
Length 3:57
Label Geffen Records
Songwriter(s) Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Jason Cooper, Porl Thompson
Producer(s) Robert Smith, Keith Uddin
The Cure singles chronology
"Taking Off"
"The Only One"
United States singles chronology
"The Only One"

"The Only One" is a single by the British band The Cure which was released on 13 May 2008 on Geffen Records in the United Kingdom. The single was released in the United States on 20 May 2008.[3] It is the first single to be released by The Cure in over three and a half years — their last single being 2004's "Taking Off" / "alt.end". It is also the first single from the 2008 album, 4:13 Dream. The single was produced by Robert Smith and Keith Uddin. The song debuted live on 7 October 2007 in Mountain View, California at a festival and was also played in Mexico City the next week. During that time, the song was known as "Please Project".[1] It wasn't until early on in the European tour in early 2008 was "The Only One" established as the title.

The B-side, "NY Trip", does not appear on the new album.[4]


In an early review on their website, Canadian music magazine Exclaim!, describes the song as if it could have come from the sessions for the uplifting 1992 Wish album. They went on to add that Smith sounds "happier than ever" and that the song is a return to the form that produced many of their Top 40 hits.[5] The Observer described the song as having all the ingredients of a classic Cure song by having "lovely spiralling guitars, glowing bass and Robert Smith at his giddiest".[6] Saying that the song sounds "like a pop single by The Cure", Pitchfork Media adds that the lyrics are not distinctive and goes on to say that the release will not make anyone forget the previous great singles from the band.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Only One (Mix 13)" – 3:57
  2. "NY Trip" – 3:39

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
on chart
UK Singles Chart[8] 48 2
US Modern Rock[9] 31 6
Dutch Singles Chart[10] 86 2
French Singles Chart[11] 28 5
Spanish Singles Chart[12] 1 5


  1. ^ Greenwald, Andy (22 October 2008). "4:13 Dream Review | Music Reviews and News |". Archived from the original on 25 October 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Long, April (12 November 2008). "The Cure – 4:13 Dream". Uncut. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "THE MAJOR CONFUSION". Geffen. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  4. ^ "The Cure to release new single each month". New Musical Express. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  5. ^ Lindsay, Cam (13 May 2008). "Cure - "The Only One"". Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  6. ^ Carnwath, Ally (18 May 2008). "Download Essentials". The Observer. Review. London. 
  7. ^ Hogan, Marc (12 May 2008). "New Music: The Cure: "The Only One"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  8. ^ "Chart Stats - The Cure - The Only One". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  9. ^ Caulfield, Keith (ed.) (21 May 2008). "Cab Cruises, Sinatra's Strong, Warner Rules". Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  10. ^ "The Cure - The Only One (Nummer)" (in Dutch). GfK Dutch Charts. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  11. ^ "The Cure - The Only One (Chanson)" (in French). Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  12. ^ "The Cure - The Only One (Song)". Retrieved 2008-06-12.