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"The One"
Single by Elton John
from the album The One
B-side "Suit of Wolves", "Fat Boys and Ugly Girls"
Released May 1992
Format 7-inch, CD
Recorded 1991–1992
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length 4:31 (single version)
5:53 (album version)
Label MCA Records, Rocket Records
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (live)
"The One"
"Runaway Train"

"The One" is the first single from Elton John's 1992 album, also called The One. The song came a year after "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", his live collaboration with George Michael, which topped the charts in his native UK and in the US. This single also did well, peaking at #10 on the UK Singles Chart and peaking a spot higher, at #9, on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

On bonus footage on his Live in Barcelona DVD, John states that he felt an intense connection to Taupin's lyrics for "The One" in light of his personal circumstances around the time of making the album, in particular the line "for each man in his time is Cain until he walks along the beach."


Track listings

CD maxi
  1. "The One" (edit) — 4:31
  2. "Suit of Wolves" — 5:38
  3. "Fat Boys and Ugly Girls" — 4:12
7" single
  1. "The One" (edit)
  2. "Suit of Wolves"


  • Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
  • Music by Elton John
  • Engineered by David Nicholas
  • Artwork by Gianni Versace
  • Photography by Patrick Demarchelier
  • Produced by Chris Thomas


Chart (1992) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[1] 15
Austrian Singles Chart[1] 11
Dutch Mega Top 100[1] 14
French SNEP Singles Chart[1] 3
German Singles Chart[2] 20
Irish Singles Chart[3] 8
Norwegian Singles Chart[1] 3
Swedish Singles Chart[1] 29
Swiss Singles Chart[1] 5
UK Singles Chart[4] 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[5] 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[5] 6


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "The One", in various singles charts (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  2. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  3. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  4. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  5. ^ a b c Billboard (Retrieved January 12, 2009)


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