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The One
Studio album by Elton John
Released June 22, 1992
Recorded November 1991-March 1992
Genre Rock, pop
Length 58:07
Label MCA Records
Rocket Records
Producer Chris Thomas
Professional reviews
Elton John chronology
The Very Best of Elton John
The One
Rare Masters
Singles from The One
  1. "The One"
    Released: May 25, 1992
  2. "Runaway Train"
    Released: July 20, 1992
  3. "The Last Song"
    Released: October 26, 1992
  4. "Simple Life"
    Released: May 10, 1993

The One is the twenty-third studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1992. It was recorded at Studio Guillame Tell in Paris, produced by Chris Thomas and managed by John Reid. It was dedicated to Vance Buck.

The One spent three consecutive weeks at #2 without ever reaching #1 in the UK, being knocked off the top spot by Lionel Richie's Back to Front compilation. However, it was John's biggest selling album in the US since 1975.

Olle Romo collaborated with John and Taupin on one song, "Runaway Train", on which Eric Clapton sings a duet with John. David Gilmour makes an appearance playing guitar on "Understanding Women". Elton's former drummer, Nigel Olsson and female backup vocalist Kiki Dee and longtime guitarist Davey Johnstone provided backing vocals on a few songs.

This was John's first album project since his rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addictions and bulimia in 1991. This is the last studio album to feature his Roland RD-1000 digital piano. Elton switched to the Yamaha Disklavier piano shortly after which he plays to this day. The 58 minute album is the longest non-double album for Elton John.

Track listing

All songs by John/Taupin, except where noted.

  1. "Simple Life" – 6:25
  2. "The One" – 5:53
  3. "Sweat it Out" – 6:38
  4. "Runaway Train" (John/Taupin/Romo) – 5:23 (Duet with Eric Clapton)
  5. "Whitewash County" – 5:30
  6. "The North" – 5:15
  7. "When a Woman Doesn't Want You" – 4:56
  8. "Emily" – 4:58
  9. "On Dark Street" – 4:43
  10. "Understanding Women" – 5:03
  11. "The Last Song" – 3:21
  • Bonus tracks (1999 Polygram International reissue)
  1. "Suit of Wolves" – 5:37
  2. "Fat Boys and Ugly Girls" – 4:13



Song Format
"Suit of Wolves" The One 7"/CD (US/UK)
"Fat Boys and Ugly Girls" The One CD (US/UK)
"Understanding Women" (Remix) Runaway Train CD (US/UK)
"The Man Who Never Died" (Remix) The Last Song 7"/CD (UK)
"Song for Guy" (Remix) The Last Song CD (UK)
"Simple Life" (Hot Mix) Simple Life 7"/CD (US)
"Simple Life" (Original Mix) Simple Life CD (US)


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