The One
Writer(s) Shakira, Glen Ballard
Producer(s) Shakira
Length 3:42
From    LSLogo
Singles "Whenever, Wherever"
"Underneath Your Clothes"
"Objection (Tango)"
"The One"
"Te Dejo Madrid"
"Que Me Quedes Tú"
Laundry Service track listing
"Ready for the Good Times"
Shakira singles chronology
"Objection (Tango)" "The One" "Te Dejo Madrid"

"The One" is a song recorded, written, and produced by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira for her first English-language studio album, Laundry Service. The track was released as the album's fourth single in 2003 in many European countries, but not in the United States. Epic Records wanted to release "The One" in the United States, but due to the failure of Shakira's previous single "Objection (Tango)" and that it was doing below average, Epic scrapped those plans. However in the U.S. "The One" was able to make the TRL countdown, and it peaked at number three. In other countries, it became a modest hit.

Background and compositionEdit

"The One" was written by Shakira and composed by Shakira and Glen Ballard. This song is about Shakira's lonely love, and her expression and thanks for the love that has been given to her. Though the song itself was an extremely popular song, and many people were "touched" by it, it did not fare well chart-wise. Shakira has never performed this live at any shows except for her 2002–2003 Tour of the Mongoose, when the single was released around the time. The primary version used for radio airplay was the Glen's Radio Mix, which has a new intro and a complete different musical arrangement than the original Album Version.

Chart performanceEdit

Because "Objection (Tango)" did not fare very well, peaking at number fifty-five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, Epic Records scraped off the plans of releasing "The One" in the U.S. However, it was released in most parts of Europe as well as other countries such as Australia. It did moderately well in European countries, such as France where it reached number fifteen. In Australia it peaked at number sixteen, where it stayed around that spot until it finally dropped off the chart.

Music videoEdit

The music video for "The One" has a basic plot. Shakira is walking through a city, wearing a red jacket, where she sees all the people with their lovers loving and hugging each other, while she is alone. She therefore walks through the rain, hoping to find someone who will love her forever. While she walks through the rain, she sees an old couple, a mother with her child, a police attacking a man with an old woman watching, needing someone to help him and he mimes "you're the one I need", while on the contrary she is alone. The music video ends with her, drenched by the rain, singing while facing up to the sky.

Formats and track listingsEdit

  1. "The One" (Glen's Radio Mix) – 3:47
  2. "The One" (Album Version) – 3:43
  3. "Whenever, Wherever" (Hammad Bell Remix) – 3:48
  4. "Te Aviso, Te Anuncio (Tango)" (Gigi D'Agostino Tango Remix) – 6:10
  1. "The One" (Glen's Mix)
  2. "Objection (Tango)" (Afro Punk Version)
  3. "Objection (Tango)" (The Freelance Hellraiser's Mask-up Of The Mongoose)
  4. "The One" (Video)


Chart (2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 16
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 21
Belgium (Ultratop 40 Wallonia) 21
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100) 31
European Hot 100 Singles 41
France (SNEP) 15
Germany (Media Control AG) 39
Italy (FIMI) 20
New Zealand (RIANZ) 39
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 17

Lyrics and videoEdit

File:Shakira - The One (Official Music Video)

So I find a reason to shave my legs
Each single morning
So I count on someone on
Friday nights to take me dancing
And then to church on Sundays
To plant more dreams
And someday think of kids
Or maybe just to save a little money

You're the one I need
The way back home is always long
But if you're close to me I'm holding on
You're the one I need
My real life has just begun
Cause there's nothing like your smile made of sun

In the world full of strangers
You're the one I know

So I learned to cook
and finally lose my kitchen phobia
So I've got the arms to cuddle in
When there's a ghost or a muse
That brings insomnia
To buy more thongs
And write more happy songs
It always takes a little help from someone

[Chorus 2X]

You're the one I need
You're the one I need
With you my real life has just begun

You're the one I need
You're the one I need

Nothing like your smile made of sun

Nothing like your love
Nothing like your love
Nothing like your love

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