Best songs with one in the title
You might assume the words are the most important part of a song, but in reality, music is heavily influenced by numbers. These songs with “one” in the title are all timeless classics for a reason, whether they’re about leaving a lover or reminiscing the best summer of your life. We’ve dissected them so you may make your own mixtape and give these number tracks their due respect.
1. “One” by Ed Sheeran
Ranking first on our list of songs with one in the title is one by Ed Sheeran. Almost all of his songs have excellent melodies. “One” is about a love lost because of physical separation. A woman he may have abandoned in pursuit of his own ambitions but who ultimately meant a great deal to him; regrettably, he came to this understanding just as another guy had proposed marriage to her.
The phrase “all my senses came to life as I stumbled home as drunk as I had ever been” convey the seriousness of the situation. But he hoped that they might keep their friendship alive in spite of the tragedy.
It was too late for him to appreciate her as his one true love. Since no one else can ever truly fill the void she left in his heart, he has settled for the thought that she would stay in his life in some capacity, even if only as a friend.
2. “One Black Sheep” by Mat Kearney
Next on our list of songs in the title is “One black sheep”. The black sheep idiom refers to a member of a family or group that brings shame to its members or the community at large.
The origin of the name can be traced to the fact that a black sheep stands out more than a white one in a herd. This type of sheep was once thought to be cursed.
Popular music lyricists frequently use the expression “black sheep of the family” to refer to someone who is rebellious and/or the outcast of their family. The song recounts Kearney’s childhood in Eugene, Oregon. Her upbringing in Oregon, where she drove around in a Volkswagen van, and her subsequent life in California.
She considered herself as the black sheep of the family because although she was enrolled into a nice school, she wasn’t intellectually fit as expected of her. She further talked about how she dropped out of school with a friend to take a trip to Tennessee for a month. And surprisingly, their one month intended trip lasted for more months and opened the door to her music career
3. “Another One Bites the Dust,” by Queen
One of Queen’s biggest selling songs, “Another One Bites the Dust” was a smash in over 17 countries, especially the United States, where it topped both the Disco and Pop charts and is often cited as one of the most musically stimulating songs ever written.
One of Queen’s most popular songs is “Another Bites the Dust,” which was released on their album “The Game” in the ’80s. Although a thorough analysis has never been conducted, the lyrics appear to revolve around the subject of death.
The phrase “another bites the dust” is a British euphemism for the same thing. The song’s title suggests a symbolic death, such as the end of a connection or communication, however Freddie Mercury may just be making up a story.
Both a literal and a figurative death could be at the heart of this song’s meaning. Mercury declares his readiness for prime time towards the song’s conclusion. Michael Jackson had reportedly encouraged Mercury to write a song that even “the cats can dance to,” and Mercury had previously claimed that this was a major influence. Perhaps Michael Jackson’s observation inspired the track’s more upbeat tone.
4. “One Way or Another,” by Blondie
An American new wave band, Blondie released “One Way or Another” in 1978 off their album Parallel Lines. Deborah Harry, lead singer of Blondie, was stalked in the early 1970s, and the experience served as lyrical inspiration for this song. Guitarist Jimmy Destri and bassist Nigel Harrison collaborated on a song heavily influenced by the Ventures.
This tune is about someone who stalks their victims. Lyrically, the song is about a guy with wicked intentions, yet musically, it’s upbeat and appealing, which makes the words hard to take seriously.
Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry has said that the song was inspired by true occurrences. She stated to E! News & Views: “It stemmed from a personally unpleasant experience in which I was stalked by a lunatic. I attempted to make it more humorous by adding in some amusing elements. This was an instinct for staying alive.”
The song’s title and general concept, according to Harry, came to her suddenly during a practice, and the rest of the song was written on the spot.
5. One of These Days by Pink Floyd
This is probably my third favorite Pink Floyd song (after “Echoes” and “In the Flesh?”). When I first heard this, I was under the impression that I was listening to Pink Floyd due to the song’s ominous atmosphere. However, when the vocals kicked in, I jumped a little in my seat because I hadn’t expected them. Exceptional music.
Described by Roger Waters as “a profound analysis of the modern societal situation,” the song has gained widespread acclaim.
As a friend of mine aptly pointed out, it’s symbolic of the stress of the workday and the relief that comes at its end. To avoid going nuts and killing each other, I suppose Roger was trying to tell us to take it easy for a while.
6. One by Metallica
Concluding our songs with one in the title is one by metallica. This song describes a soldier’s experience after a mortar round explodes in front of him during combat. He lacks sensory organs and appendages, hence he is blind, deaf, tasteless, and olfactory.
In a hospital, he awakens from a coma. While hospitalized, he thinks back on his life and the advice his father gave him. He has spasms constantly, and the doctors are beginning to worry, but he doesn’t appear to be in any immediate danger of dying.
They bring in the general, who is stumped as well, but the general’s personal soldier recognizes it. He explains, “It’s Morse code.” Soldier looks puzzled for a second, then reports back to general: “He is shouting K-I-L-L-M-E over and over again.”
The song’s lyrics are based on Johnny Got His Gun, a novel written by Dalton Trumbo and published in 1939. The song was inspired by several passages, including: “How could a human survive after losing as much of himself as I have?
It’s a million to one bet that a man who buys a lottery ticket will really win anything. If he does win, though, you will believe it because, statistically speaking, one in a million is still one. It would take a million to one for me to believe a story about a guy like me if I read it in the newspaper.
The odds of one million to one are still one. The odds of something happening to me are a million to one, so it just never crosses my mind that it could happen. However, there is always one winner in a million. One.”