One Thing Right
by Kane Brown (featuring Marshmello)

Album: single release only (2019)
Charted: 76 36

Songfacts®:

  • Kane Brown originally wrote "One Thing Right" with Jesse Frasure, Josh Hoge and Matthew McGinn for his sophomore album, 2018's Experiment. It was first teased on Thomas Rhett's YouTube channel in February 2018.

    It didn't make the cut for that record, but after Brown connected with Marshmello at the 2018 American Music Awards, he sent him the song. The helmet-wearing DJ added his sonic flourishes and they dropped the track on June 21, 2019.

    "He ended up being really passionate about it, and said he wanted to even make it a single, so we ended up working on it together," he recalled.
  • The sweet romantic song recounts how Brown's wilder instincts were tamed by the love of a good woman.

    You saw right through my pain
    Kept us patient while I change
    Never even crossed your mind to walk away
    I've been wrong about a million times
    But I got one thing right


    Brown wrote the song about his wife Katelyn Jae, whom he married on October 12, 2018.
  • Brown described the song to Billboard as the opposite of Marshemello's collaboration with Bastille, "Happier" - that track is about a relationship which has run its course.

    "It just... tells you everything that I've done wrong growing up," Brown explained. "And it's saying that the one thing I did get right was you, talking about my wife."
  • The song topped the Country chart, giving Brown his third #1 on the tally. The singer's previous visits to the summit were with "What Ifs" (featuring Lauren Alaina) and "Lose It."

    This was the first country leader for Marshmello, who is more used to appearing on the dance charts.
  • Kane Brown has worked with several different artists, but this one felt especially comfortable. The collaboration with Marshmello came the most natural, he said in the Amazon documentary Velocity. "We wanted to work together, and I had a song I had written for my album that didn't make it."

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