“You’re the Only One”
Written by Carole Bayer Sager and Bruce Roberts
Peak: #1 Country | #37 Pop | #12 Adult Contemporary
Parton scored her fifth consecutive number-one single since 1977 with “You’re the Only One” (follow-up “Sweet Summer Lovin'” would break the streak). “You’re the Only One” comes from the pens of pop songwriters Carole Bayer Sager and Bruce Roberts, the former of whom had already supplied Parton with the hit “Heartbreaker”.
Even though Parton didn’t write this hit, it proves a fine fit for the warmth and vulnerability that Parton naturally brings to her vocal performances. The story is simple, but Parton breathes life into the character, richly conveying the narrator’s contentment and hopefulness as well as the regret over past choices.
Even though the song found its greatest success on the country chart, Parton remains very much in crossover mode on the recording. The gentle, soft-rock arrangement supports the song nicely and unobtrusively and still holds up today. “You’re the Only One” may not rank among Parton’s top-tier crossover hits, but Parton’s compelling performance makes it a gem worth revisiting.
Next: Sweet Summer Lovin’/Great Balls of Fire