This was the fourth and final promotional single issued from Creed's first album, My Own Prison
. The album first appeared on an independent label in April 1997, and was reissued in August when the band signed with Wind-Up Records. By March 1998, the title track
was getting significant airplay, but since the singles weren't made available for sale in America, they weren't eligible for the Hot 100 chart per Billboard's rules.
By the time "One" was released, that restriction was lifted, so it became the first Hot 100 hit for the band, peaking at #70 in April 1999. The first single from Creed's next album was "Higher
," issued in August 1999. This resulted in a near-constant stream of Creed on the airwaves, which eventually wore out many listeners.