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One Thing is the third single from One Direction's debut album, Up All Night.

It was released on January 6, 2012, in various European countries and via CD single in the United Kingdom on February 13, 2012.

It is widely considered one of their most recognizable songs, and one of the songs that helped secure the band's signature sound.

Background

"One Thing" was written by Rami YacoubCarl Falk and Savan Kotecha, and produced by Rami Yacoub and Savan Kotecha . The single was released digitally in various European countries on January 6, 2012, and was released in the United Kingdom via CD single on February 13, 2012.

The songwriters revealed "One Thing" actually began as two separate songs but worked better when merged into one.

The song was a top ten hit in 5 countries including Australia and the United Kingdom. One Direction became the second act of 2012 to have two singles simultaneously occupying the Australian chart's top ten when "One Thing" was at number six and "What Makes You Beautiful" at number ten for the chart week ending on April 22, 2012.

"One Thing", is an upbeat pop rock song. The song has a "plucky" guitar riff and a "forceful" chorus with Lewis Corner of Digital Spy dubbing it "arena-ready". The song's melody has been noted for similarities between Backstreet Boys song "I Want It That Way".

Lyrics

[Liam]
I've tried playing it cool
But when I'm looking at you
I can’t ever be brave
'Cause you make my heart race

[Harry]
Shot me out of the sky
You're my kryptonite
You keep making me weak
Yeah, frozen and can't breathe

[Zayn]
Something’s gotta give now
'Cause I’m dying just to make you see
That I need you here with me now
'Cause you've got that one thing

[All]
So get out, get out, get out of my head
And fall into my arms instead
I don't, I don't, don't know what it is
But I need that one thing
And you've got that one thing

[Niall]
Now I'm climbing the walls
But you don't notice at all
That I'm going out of my mind
All day and all night

[Louis]
Something’s gotta give now
'Cause I'm dying just to know your name
And I need you here with me now
'Cause you've got that one thing

[All]
So get out, get out, get out of my head
And fall into my arms instead
I don't, I don't, don't know what it is
But I need that one thing

So get out, get out, get out of my mind
And come on, come into my life
I don't, I don't, don't know what it is
But I need that one thing
And you've got that one thing

Woah-oh-oh-oh
Woah-oh-oh-oh
Woah-oh-oh-oh

[Harry]
You've got that one thing

[Liam]
Get out, get out, get out of my head
And fall into my arms instead

[All]
So get out, get out, get out of my head
And fall into my arms instead
I don't, I don't, don't know what it is
But I need that one thing

So get out, get out, get out of my mind
And come on, come into my life
I don't, I don't, don't know what it is
But I need that one thing
Yeah, you've got that one thing

Music Video

Background

The accompanying music video was directed by Declan Whitebloom in London on 28 November 2011. Whitebloom approached shooting the clip with a "what you get, is what you get" sentiment, which, as he noted, "can create some real magic." In regard to its concept, Whiteboom characterised the clip as "kind of Monkees or Beatles-esque", elaborating that it revolves around "five lads go[ing] crazy in London, it's like a big day out in London." In a December interview with Capital FM, member Harry Styles reflected that the shoot was a fun, careless romp.

Release

Premiering on YouTube on 13 January 2012, the music video depicts the band performing in and around London. As of June 2018, the music video has garnered more than 570 million YouTube views.

Music Video Information
One Direction - One Thing

One Direction - One Thing

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Released January 13, 2012
Length 3:18
Director Declan Whitebloom
Production Co
Choreographer
Filmed November 28, 2011
Location London, England
VEVO views 573,735,470 (as of June 01, 2018)

Behind the Scenes

One Direction - One Thing (Behind the Scenes)

One Direction - One Thing (Behind the Scenes)

Teasers

One Direction - One Thing - 3 Days To Go

One Direction - One Thing - 3 Days To Go

One Direction - One Thing - 2 Days To Go

One Direction - One Thing - 2 Days To Go

One Direction - One Thing - 2 Days To Go-0

One Direction - One Thing - 2 Days To Go-0

One Direction - One Thing - 1 Day To Go

One Direction - One Thing - 1 Day To Go

One Direction - One Thing - 1 Day To Go-0

One Direction - One Thing - 1 Day To Go-0

Acoustic Version

One Direction - One Thing (Acoustic Video)

One Direction - One Thing (Acoustic Video)

Live Performances

One Direction - One Thing (VEVO LIFT)

One Direction - One Thing (VEVO LIFT)

One Direction One Thing Live on Today Show

One Direction One Thing Live on Today Show

One Direction - One Thing on Dancing on Ice Live

One Direction - One Thing on Dancing on Ice Live

One Direction - One Thing (Live Jingle Bell Ball 2011)

One Direction - One Thing (Live Jingle Bell Ball 2011)

One Direction - One Thing - Teen Awards

One Direction - One Thing - Teen Awards

Trivia

  • During the beginning of the video, the marker reads "One Time", instead of "One Thing".

Tracklisting

One Thing - Single (February 12, 2012)
Singleot
  1. "One Thing"
  2. "I Should Have Kissed You"
  3. "One Thing" (acoustic)
  4. "One Thing" (acoustic) [video]