“The One That Got Away” is a song by American recording artist and songwriter Katy Perry. The song was written by Perry, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin. The latter two produced the song for Perry’s third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). The song is a mid-tempo pop ballad about a lost love. It features a reference to the rock band Radiohead and addresses the relationship of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash to express the strength of the relationship.
“The One That Got Away” received mostly positive reviews from most music critics, who complimented Perry’s serious tone. The song was released in October 2011 by Capitol Records as the sixth single from the album, and was followed by its Floria Sigismondi-directed video, which premiered in November and featured actor Diego Luna.
With the song entering the top 10, Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” becomes just the seventh album in the 53-year history of the Hot 100 to generate at least six top 10s. The song joins the set’s first five singles, all of which reached No. 1: “California Gurls”, featuring Snoop Dogg; “Teenage Dream’, “Firework”; “E.T.”, featuring Kanye West; and, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”.