Every week, a different FADER editor compiles a playlist to highlight a new release and give you a guide to that artist’s web of influences and peers. These Staff Selects live in our Spotify app, alongside GEN Fs from our archives and playlists for each issue. This week, Deidre Dyer talks about love songs and the mythical One.
Lately I’ve found myself repeatedly playing three songs during my hourlong commute, each one a unique window into relationships and mutual agreements, be they purely physical or emotional. The first, Sky Ferreira’s “You’re Not The One,” a fiercely honest song about wanting someone to be The One but realizing that they’re definitely not The One. The second, Alice Smith’s “The One,” an endearing song about crutch-like relationships in which we convince ourselves that we’re The One, but we really know better. Thirdly, Rihanna’s “You Da One,” a bopping ode to that undeniable One that fills your daydreams and fucks you just the way you like. #VeryRare. One, one, one: these songs got me thinking about all of the ones that we encounter in our lifetimes, all of the permutations that relationships inhabit before we decide that someone is The One. I pulled together this playlist of songs that mix numbers, infatuation and love in its myriad forms.