Track Review: Katy Perry, 'The One That Got Away'

76 Billboard Rating

KATY PERRY
The One That Got Away (3:47)
Producers: Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin
Writers: Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin
Publishers: various
Epic

Before Katy Perry was hooking up with celebrities like Russell Brand and Travis McCoy, she was an 18-year-old making out to Radiohead songs in the back of a Mustang, high school graduation fresh in her memory. At least that's the story of "The One That Got Away," the potentially record-setting sixth single from Perry's 2010 sophomore album, "Teenage Dream." With the album's first five singles hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and tying Michael Jackson's record from "Bad," this bittersweet mid-tempo track has the chance to make Perry's second album the first to contain six Hot 100 chart-toppers. Music history aside, "The One That Got Away" is an earnest, slightly predictable ode to lost love with similarities to 2009's "Waking Up In Vegas." The California girl has covered this territory before, although fans can appreciate a candid peek into Perry's early years. "In another life, I would be your girl," she sings to a nameless guy who may have inspired a record-breaking single in this life.

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