The One (3:42)

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“The One” is a song recorded, written, and produced by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira for her first English-language studio album, Laundry Service (2001). The track was released as the album’s fifth 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.

“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 than that of the original Album Version.

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/partners loving and hugging each other, while she is alone. She therefore walks through the rain, hoping the 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.

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