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One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)

One Direction

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The producer of this song, Julian Bunetta, talked to MTV News about it and revealed that it was Simon Cowell who came up with the idea for covering the Blondie track, says: “Because obviously it’s a really cheeky song and it’s very fun and also it was very unexpected, and I think that he wanted to do something that was out of the ordinary that people wouldn’t expect. And, it obviously is fun and that works with the whole Comic Relief thing and the whole Comic Relief idea.” Bunetta continued to talk about working with One Direction on the song, adding: “It was an interesting process; because we had to re-imagine it we only could do that once we heard the boys sing it. We didn’t produce the track first and then have them sing it. I had them sing to just an acoustic guitar track only, that’s it. We went in the studio, all the boys had known the song and we listened to it over and over and we basically laid down an acoustic guitar and we picked out favorite parts and we sang them. We had a lot of fun and then I came back to L.A. with all the vocal files and then spent a good amount of time trying to re-imagine it and how it could work and how I could make the sound fit. It took a little bit of time, but I’m really pleased with the results, and I hope the 1D fans are really pleased with the results. They gave the song a new twist and a new life so I had to make sure I built it from there and accentuated and magnified what they brought to it. I built a box around them.”

Release date

Released on February 17, 2013


Deborah Harry – Nigel Harrison – John O’Neill



Chart Rankings

US – 13

UK – 1


‘One Way or Another’ topped the charts in the UK and was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). In the US, it reached number 13 and the American Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Gold for sales over half a million copies. The single topped the charts in Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, and Scotland. It reached the top 10 charts in Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and Switzerland. The song was certified Double Platinum in Venezuela, Platinum in Australia, Mexico and Norway, and Gold in Belgium, Denmark, Italy and New Zealand.

Artist’s age on release date

One Direction band had been active for two years when they released this song.

Cover Versions

The Vamps – SimplySpoons (Haylor cover) – Ryleigh Ledford – Ilse vs. Stephanie (The Voice Kids 2014) – other amateur artists covered this song on YouTube.


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