“The One That Got Away” is a song by American recording artist Katy Perry for her third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). The song was produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin, both of whom also co-wrote the song with Perry. The song is a mid-tempo pop ballad about a lost love. It features references to the rock band Radiohead as well as the relationship of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash to express the strength of the relationship. “The One That Got Away” received mostly positive reviews from most music critics, who complimented Perry’s serious tone. The song was released in October 2011 by Capitol Records as the sixth and final single from the album.
“The One That Got Away” peaked at number three on Billboard Hot 100, with Teenage Dream becoming the seventh album in the 53-year history of the Hot 100 to generate at least six top 10s. The song joins the set’s first five singles, all of which reached number one: “California Gurls” (featuring Snoop Dogg), “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “E.T.” (featuring Kanye West), and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”. The single reached the top of Billboard‘s Hot Dance Club Songs, Adult Top 40 and Mainstream Top 40 charts, both more than any other album in chart’s history.
The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Floria Sigismondi and premiered in November 2011, featuring actor Diego Luna. An official remix featuring rapper B.o.B was released to digital retailers on December 20, 2011. An official acoustic was released to digital retailers on January 16, 2012, this version was included in Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection edition. “The One That Got Away” is one of only two releases from Teenage Dream to fail to achieve number one status on the Billboard Hot 100, the other being “Wide Awake”. “The One That Got Away” is also the lowest charting single from the “Teenage Dream” era. The song has been covered by several artists, including Richard Marx, Jordan Pruitt, and Selena Gomez & the Scene.
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