You're the One (Charli XCX song)

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"You're the One"
CharliXCXYTO.jpg
UK release cover
Single by Charli XCX
from the album You're the One and True Romance
Released 14 June 2012 (2012-06-14)
Format
Recorded 2011
Genre
Length 3:15
Label Warner Music
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Patrik Berger
Charli XCX singles chronology
"I Love It"
(2012)
"You're the One"
(2012)
"You (Ha Ha Ha)"
(2013)

"You're the One" is a song by British singer and songwriter Charli XCX, released as her fifth single on 14 June 2012 exclusively in Australia under Warner Music, and the third single from her debut EP of the same name, and her major-label debut studio album True Romance (2013).[1]

Background[edit]

Charli XCX wrote the song while working in Sweden. Producer Patrik Berger sent her two beats, one of which became Icona Pop's "I Love It" and the other of which became "You're the One". Having just fallen in love, Charli wrote the song to be "about super amazing orgasmic love".[2] The song first appeared in 2011 under the title "In the Dark", in a demo form on the official promotional album sampler of True Romance. When performed for Gigwise in May 2012, it appeared under a second title "Dancing in the Dark".[3] A CD single was released for promotional purposes in a cardboard sleeve.

Critical reception[edit]

B. David Zarley from The Line of Best Fit praised the song, describing it as "goth pop combines pop song craft and approachability with a drenching layer of dark luxuriousness", and said it "shifts from clipped vocals and pallbearer shuffling verses to a lofting, romantic hook; the entire thing is a microcosm of the microgenre, vivisected and labelled and easily consumable."[4] John Murphy from musicOMH said the song "will threaten to take up residence in your brain for months on end", and described it as "an [excellent] real pop nugget".[5] Billboard placed "You're the One" 16th on its list of the best songs of 2012, commenting that Charli XCX "released a string of dazzle pop singles this year, none quite as fluttering as this synth-laden love song."[6]

Music video[edit]

Charli XCX with her army of children and teenagers in a warehouse scene.

The video for "You're the One" was uploaded to Charli XCX's official YouTube channel on 3 June 2012, and as of 27 April 2013 has 527,505 views. The video features three different scenes, and switches between the three frequently; Charli and an army of children in a warehouse featuring a massive "XCX" on the wall, Charli in a room filled with giant lit-up hearts, and performing on a small, low-platform stage in front of a cloudy backdrop.[7]

Odd Future's The Internet remix video[edit]

Charli XCX dancing in the style of a GIF on the left. This picture showcases the visual effects used in the video.

A video was made also for the Odd Future's "The Internet" remix, featuring Mike G, which appeared on the You're the One EP. The video is more similar to that of the "Nuclear Seasons" video, with a significantly lower budget, and features mostly short GIFs of Charli against colorful backgrounds changing constantly numerous times every second.[8]

The director of the video, Ryan Andrews, explained the video as being, along with those of "Cloud Aura" and "So Far Away", "Charli’s thing, using those Internet found images", and that her visual style reflects her development through Twitter and Tumblr.[9]

Track listing[edit]

  • CD single / Digital download
    • "You're the One" – 3:15

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Hot Singles Sales (Billboard)[10] 10
US Dance Singles Sales (Billboard)[10] 5

You're the One (EP)[edit]

You're the One (EP) is the first extended play by English recording artist Charli XCX. Three versions of the EP were released with varying track lists. The EP includes Charli XCX's two singles released exclusively in the UK in 2011; "Stay Away" and "Nuclear Seasons". Preceding the album's release in Australia, the title track was released digitally as the EP's lead single in that territory.

Track listing[edit]

US edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "You're the One" Berger 3:17
2. "You're the One" (Blood Orange remix)
  • Aitchison
  • Berger
Berger 4:15
3. "Nuclear Seasons"
Rechtshaid 3:46
4. "Nuclear Seasons" (Balam Acab remix)
  • Aitchison
  • Raisen
  • Rechtshaid
Rechtshaid 4:46
Total length: 16:04
UK edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "You're the One"
  • Aitchison
  • Berger
Berger 3:16
2. "So Far Away"
  • Rundgren
  • White
3:23
3. "You're the One" (Odd Future's The Internet remix; featuring Mike G)
  • Aitchison
  • Berger
  • Mike Griffin
Berger 2:59
4. "You're the One" (Blood Orange remix)
  • Aitchison
  • Berger
Berger 4:16
5. "You're the One" (St. Lucia remix)
  • Aitchison
  • Berger
Berger 4:21
Total length: 18:15
Australian edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "You're the One"
  • Aitchison
  • Berger
Berger 3:16
2. "Stay Away"
  • Aitchison
  • Raisen
  • Rechtshaid
Rechtshaid 3:51
3. "Nuclear Seasons"
  • Aitchison
  • Raisen
  • Rechtshaid
Rechtshaid 3:44
4. "Nuclear Seasons" (Balam Acab remix)
  • Aitchison
  • Raisen
  • Rechtshaid
Rechtshaid 4:46
5. "You're the One" (Blood Orange remix)
  • Aitchison
  • Berger
Berger 4:16
6. "You're the One" (Odd Future's The Internet remix; featuring Mike G)
  • Aitchison
  • Berger
  • Griffin
Berger 2:59
Total length: 22:52

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
United States[11] 12 June 2012 IAMSOUND Records Digital download
United Kingdom[12] 14 September 2012
Australia[13][14] 21 September 2012 Warner Music
28 September 2012 CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ You're the One - Single - Australia iTunes Store
  2. ^ Nostro, Lauren (6 March 2013). "Interview: Charli XCX Talks Debut Album, Internet Haters, and Writing Icona Pop's 'I Love It'". Complex. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Charli XCX performs 'Dancing In the Dark" - GigwiseUK on YouTube
  4. ^ Zarley, B. David (11 April 2013). "Charli XCX – True Romance". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Murphy, John (11 April 2013). "Charli XCX - True Romance". musicOMH. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "20 Best Songs of 2012: Critics' Picks". Billboard. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Video on YouTube
  8. ^ Charli XCX - You're The One (Odd Future's The Internet ft. Mike G Remix) on YouTube
  9. ^ Charli XCX’s "Cloud Aura" Video Is So Arresting We Had to Find and Talk to the Director - MySpace.com
  10. ^ a b Hampp, Andrew (3 April 2013). "Charli XCX In Charge". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "You're the One – EP by Charli XCX". iTunes Store US. Apple Inc. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "You're the One – EP by Charli XCX". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "You're The One EP by Charli XCX". zdigital Australia. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "You're The One Ep – Charli Xcx". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 

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