«The One I Love» is a song by American rock band R.E.M. It was released on the band’s fifth full-length studio album, Document, and also as a 7″ vinyl single in 1987. The song was their first hit single, reaching #9 in the US Billboard Hot 100, #14 in Canada, and later reached #16 in the UK singles chart on its UK release (1991). The song was included in Activision‘s Guitar Hero World Tour and is in Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades.

The accompanying video’s director was artist Robert Longo. The director of photography was Alton Brown, who later became a Food Network personality.

In March 2005, Q magazine placed «The One I Love» at number 57 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the song as the 38th best single of the 1980s.

 

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