You're The One That I Want

Album: Grease soundtrack (1978)
Charted: 1 1
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  • I got chills, they're multiplyin', and I'm losin' control
    Cause the power you're supplyin', it's electrifyin'

    You better shape up, cause I need a man,
    And my heart is set on you
    You better shape up, you better understand,
    To my heart I must be true
    Nothing left, nothing left for me to do

    (Chorus):
    You're the one that I want
    (You are the one I want), ooh ooh ooh, honey
    The one that I want (you are the one I want),
    Ooh ooh ooh, honey
    The one that I want (you are the one I want),
    Ooh ooh ooh, honey
    The one I need (the one I need),
    Oh yes indeed (yes indeed)

    If you're filled with affection,
    You're too shy to convey
    Meditate my direction, feel your way

    I better shape up,
    Cause you need a man
    I need a man,
    Who can keep me satisfied
    I better shape up, if I'm gonna prove
    You better prove, that my fate is justified
    Are you sure?
    Yes I'm sure down deep inside Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 16

  • John from ArizonaAlthough we have all heard this song perhaps a thousand times, listen to it again, but closely. After the two of them sing the lyrics "you're the one that I want" and before the "ooh, ooh, ooh, honey" there is a background lyric, listed here as ( " you are the one that I want"). If you listen to it very closely, the actual lyric is "John Tra-Volta". An uncle of mine worked on the movie and he told me that the studio put Travoltas name in there as an attempt to boost his career. I promise that this is the truth. Listen to it again and I guarantee that once you hear it, you'll never again be able to listen to this song and not hear the background lyric as John Tra-Volta. Again, it is in the chorus. It's every line in the song that says (you are the one that I want) with parentheses.

    For those of you that don't want your experience with this song messed with, don't listen for it. But if you are even the least bit intellectually curious, I dare you to listen to the song twice at most. Now that you've been told what and where it.is, you'll never not hear it again.

    Good luck!
    John
  • Ken P from Dunnellon, FlWho was the drummer on this song?
  • Camille from Toronto, OhIt's rare to hear this type of ingenious back-and-forth banter found in this duet. Both the male and female lyrics are bold and empowering, with Travolta being full out crazy for Newton-John and she being very specific that he needs to man up if he wants her. This is not a sappy love song but one of full-blown lust. Finding out that who you're crazy about is just as crazy about you is very liberating and exciting, and the lyrics, music and vocals capture all those wonderful feelings. Olivia Newton-John has the perfect female voice to reply to John Travolta.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhBarry, thanks for the stats. Jay from Syracuse, NY, you nailed it in your comments "About as pure a pop adrenaline rush as you can get. Farrar is one of the best nobody's ever heard of." I'd say pure pop synergy, too. Definition: 'synergy is the interaction of multiple elements to produce an effect greater than the sum of its individual effects'. Not only was the viewing public hungry and ready for this movie but something magical happened when these stars played these characters to tell this story, singing these lyrics along to this music. The piano here is masterfully played. heightening the feelings expressed. The perfect punctuation is that first 'glissando' -the hand rapidly running the musical scale across the piano keys, hear it just after Travolta sings, 'nothing left, nothing left for me to do'.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 13th 1978, the movie version of "Grease" had its world premier in New York City; and three days later on June 16th it opened in theaters across the U.S.A. and Canada...
    Five songs featured in the movie made Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; "Grease" by Frankie Valli (#1 for 3 weeks), "You're the One That I Want" by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (#1 for 1 week), "Hopelessly Devoted to You" by Newton-John (#3), "Summer Nights" by Travolta & Newton-John (#5), and "Greased Lightin'" by Travolta (#47)...
    And on July 23rd, 1978 the movie's soundtrack album reached #1 (for 12 non-consecutive weeks) on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart (the album also peaked at #1 in the United Kingdom and Australia).
  • Jon from Scotland, United KingdomThe song was re-released in remix form in 1998 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Grease. The oddly-titled "Martian Mix" can be found of the enhanced version of the soundtrack CD. "You're...." also entered the UK charts as part of the Grease Megamix single in 1991. Australian actor, Craig McLachlan and US actress, Debbie Gibson, released the track (in the UK) in 1991 when they appeared in the West End stage musical version of Grease. The reason why the song spent 9 weeks at number one in the UK is simple: the movie was big in the US; it was HUGE in the UK!
  • Paul from Detroit, MiGood song, but #1 in UK for 9 weeks? You're kidding!
  • Tamika from Nassau, BahamasI love this song and I love the movie, this is my favorite of all time. Also the song made the movie nevertheless the ending of the movie was the best part. Oh the part with hopelessly devoted to you was good too!
  • Joe from Chicago, IlSaturday Night Fever has a better soundtrack.
  • Megan from Winnipeg, CanadaGrease and Hairspray are my two favorite musicals.
  • Jay from Syracuse, NyAbout as pure a pop adrenaline rush as you can get. Farrar is one of the best nobody's ever heard of.
  • Reuben from Amsterdam, NetherlandsI respect the production and writing skills that made this songs, but I can't bear it anymore...
  • Meaghan from Marianna, FlGREASEIS THE BEST MUSICAL EVER!!!!!!!!!
    --Meaghan, Marianna, FL
  • Caitlin from Upper Township, Njgrease is one of the best musicals ever. i love it!!!!
  • Brianda from Chicago, Ilit is a good song. watched movie and heard cd.
  • Karren from Deerfiled, Nhi love this song it was the best way to end the movie grease
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