"One" is a song by the Irish rock band U2. It is the third track from their 1991 albumAchtung Baby, and it was released as the record's third single in March 1992. The lyrics, written by lead singer Bono, were inspired by the band members' fractured relationships and the German reunification. Although the lyrics ostensibly describe "disunity", they have been interpreted in other ways.
"One" was released as a benefit single, with proceeds going towards AIDS research. The song topped the Irish Singles Charts and US Billboard Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts, and it peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart and number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. In promotion of the song, the band filmed several music videos, although they were not pleased until a third was created.
In 2005, U2 re-recorded the song as part of a duet with contemporary R&B singer Mary J. Blige on her album The Breakthrough.
In 2010, Rolling Stone placed the song at number 36 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", making it the highest-ranked U2 song.
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