This drinking song starts off with Keith Urban waking up on the couch after a hard night of boozing. Pink joins him on the tune; the pair take turns to recount their irritation and desperation when late-night alcohol consumption becomes a source of friction between them.
The slinky country-pop song is Urban's first collaboration with Pink. However, the pop star has dabbled in country music before, having previously collaborated with Kenny Chesney on "Setting the World on Fire
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Cleo Tighe, Boy Matthews and Daniel Davidsen wrote the song as a duet, and Urban's co-executive producer Dan McCarroll sent the song to him.
Pink was always his first choice to be his partner. He told The Sun: "I always wanted to do something with her. When this song 'One Too Many' came along, I heard her voice in my head. I didn't know her so through some mutual friends I sent it to her with my fingers crossed - and she loved it."
The COVID lockdown presented some challenges when laying down the tune. The pair was forced to piece together the recording rather than meeting up in the studio.
Urban teamed up with Pink for the world television premiere of "One Too Many" at the 2020 ACM Awards, with the Australian pulling double duty as the evening's host. It was Pink's first appearance at the ACMs, but she has sung at country award ceremonies before; she performed her Beautiful Trauma track "Barbies" solo at the 2017 CMA ceremony and joined with Chris Stapleton to sing "Love Me Anyway" at the 2019 CMAs.
Pink and Urban found themselves at opposite sides of the globe - the pop star in Los Angeles and the country singer in Sydney - when it came to filming the music video. That explains the story line, which finds Urban adrift at sea on a couch following an alcohol-filled night while Pink stares out at the water from the shore.
Keith Urban produced the song with Danish pop specialists Cutfather and PhD (Peter Wallevik & Daniel Heloy Davidsen). He got the bar room singalong effect on the final chorus by enlisting members of his road band, and even his videographer, to join him in crowding around a single mic in the studio. "We did several of the takes as off-key and drunk-sounding as we could," Urban told Apple Music.