“One Love” is a non-album single by The Stone Roses. The single was released in the UK, U.S., Australia, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Spain, and France, peaking at #4 in the Roses’ home country of the UK, their highest charting single up until that time. “One Love” has appeared on the compilation albums Turns into Stone, The Complete Stone Roses and The Very Best of The Stone Roses.
The song has a decidedly mixed reputation among Roses fans, with some denouncing it for borrowing too much from the success of “Fools Gold”. Nevertheless, the song contains vivid biblical references prevalent throughout their catalogue.
The original artwork for the single was said to have formed a swastika. It was later used for The Complete Stone Roses. John Squire ripped it up and used the torn pieces for the cover. The band set fire to the ripped up artwork in the video for “One Love”.
The song was used in an episode of the popular British television series Shameless. In the scene in which the song appears, Frank Gallagher is seen dancing in the pub with his shirt over his head as he is drunk and high on ecstasy.
It is believed that John Squire played a Custom Fender Jaguar guitar with a variety of flanging and wahwah effect pedals to create the song’s distinctive sound.
The song is referenced in a banner that hangs from the Stretford End tier two at Manchester United’s FC’s ground, Old Trafford. The banner says “One Love – Stretford End – MUFC”.
The music video featured The Stone Roses performing outdoors, with fires blazing in the background.
Ian Brown on “One Love”: “The chorus wasn’t strong enough. We tried for an anthem. We wanted to cover all bases and ended up covering none.”