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One” is an anti-war song by the American heavy metal band Metallica.[1] It was released as the third and final single from their fourth album …And Justice for All and is the fourth track on the album. “One” was also the band’s first Top 40 hit single, reaching number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song starts off in a soft melodic setting, but it develops through multiple sections into heavier and faster speed metal sounds,[2] leading up to a technically complex tapping solo by Kirk Hammett,[3] and a dual guitar section by Hammett and James Hetfield.[1]

Metallica performed “One” for the 1988 Grammy Awards show broadcast from Los Angeles. The next year the song won a Grammy Award in the first Best Metal Performance category.[4] The song is one of the band’s most popular pieces and has remained a live staple since the release of the album, making this the most played song from the album …And Justice for All.

Chart positions

Chart (1989–1994) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7]

5

Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8]

23

Finland (Suomen virallenen lista)[9]

1

Germany (Official German Charts)[10]

31

Ireland (IRMA)

12

Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11]

3

New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12]

13

Norway (VG-lista)[13]

4

Spain (AFYVE)[14]

14

Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15]

3

Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16]

22

UK Singles (Official Charts Company

13

U.S. Billboard Hot 100

35


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