The One That You Love – Air Supply | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1) & Adult Contemporary (#2); 1981

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Australia’s most successful musical export group in the 1980’s was not, as one might think, Men At Work, but a group that began singing together in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell, alias Air Supply, got off to a quick start as a recording duo when their very first single, Love And Other Bruises, rose to the upper regions of the “down under” chart. Several years later, low on money and morale, Graham read in an American trade publication that Air Supply’s Lost In Love had been picked up for U.S. distribution. Like something out of a 1940’s showbiz fantasy film, Lost In Love hit #3 on the mainstream list and topped the Adult Contemporary chart for six weeks. All Out Of Love and Every Woman In The World also peaked in the Top 5, then The One That You Love put them on top; their fourth of seven consecutive Top 5 Hot 100 hits.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Harry Maslin

Lyrics Written by:

  • Graham Russell