Short Song Title Top Ten: One (#9)

@FourWalls (13765)
United States
April 16, 2018 7:48pm CST
Here's another song that's long on memories for people yet short on characters in the title. I'm doing two countdowns now, one with long titles and one with really short (four letters or less) titles. Here's one that everyone probably saw coming. #9: One - Harry Nilsson And you're probably thinking, "Harry Nilsson? Didn't Three Dog Night do a song with that title?" Yep. Same song. I've mentioned before when discussing Three Dog Night that they were essentially a cover band. I have no issue with that, because they were a good cover band. Plus, they introduced me to songwriters like Hoyt Axton ("Joy to the World"), Randy Newman ("Mama Told Me [Not to Come]"), and John Hiatt ("Sure As I'm Sittin' Here"). And, of course, "One" is just another big hit of theirs that was a cover. Written and originally recorded by Harry Nilsson in 1968, Three Dog Night's version in 1969 became a top five smash. It was fairly true to Nilsson's original, just with more instruments. A great songwriter and a great cover band merge in this classic tune. One Written by Harry Nilsson Recorded by Harry Nilsson From Aerial Ballet, 1968 Famously covered by Three Dog Night From Three Dog Night, 1969 I'm sure nearly everyone's heard the 3DN version, so here's Nilsson's original:
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@JohnRoberts (57122)
• Los Angeles, California
17 Apr
Everybody's talkin' 'bout this song.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Jun
"One" truly is the loneliest number. Even more so than "Zero," which at least was recognized in "Saved by Zero" and "Zero My Hero."
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@FourWalls (13765)
• United States
2 Jun
Then there was Elton John’s “Too Low for Zero,” but that’s not as lonely as the number one.....
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@dgobucks226 (12193)
2 Jun
Three dog night covered the heck out this song! It was a top tenner for the band charting at #5. Two can be as bad as one' But One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do, Much worse than two, ha, ha....
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