“One Hit Love” by Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox 20’s Paul Doucette and Rob Thomas wrote “One Hit Love” with its producer, Gregg Wattenberg. It is featured on the band’s album “Where the Light Goes”, which Atlantic Records made public on 26 May 2023.

The term “one hit love” appears to be a metaphor for relationships that end up dissolving in a less-than-ideal manner or, based on the second verse, “broken dreams” and unfulfilled ideologies in general. And it seems what the vocalist is getting at is such feelings being so pervasive in this world we live in that maybe said dreams and ideologies weren’t meant to be fulfilled to begin with. 

Or at least that’s one part of his message. But as also put forth in the post-chorus and outro, it’s as if “we don’t stop trying” to live up to those visions. Or put otherwise, it is those aspirations which give us a reason to “keep fighting”, if you will.

So on one hand, this piece can definitely be taken as pessimistic, speaking to the notion that most dreams go unrealized. But at the end of the day, it isn’t as if Matchbox Twenty is saying that we should stop striving as a result.

“Maybe we’re just moments moving sideways
Maybe we’re just made to be alone
We don’t know
Are we getting lost in the silencе?
Maybe one hit love is all wе know
And we won’t let go”

Comments from Fans


“Oh, my goodness! ‘One Hit Love’ is incredibly moving and carries immense power! It’s truly indescribable how deep within it touches me. I can feel every note and lyric permeating through every fiber of my being. It’s overwhelming, and I’m overcome with the urge to shed tears while at the same time finding the strength to persevere through any challenge. Of all the tracks on the ‘Where the Light Goes’ album, ‘One Hit Love’ is definitely one of my top three. The other two songs would be ‘Where the Light Goes’ and ‘Friends’.”


“‘One Hit Love’ evokes a sense of emotional struggle and resilience. It sheds light on some of my personal struggles like self-doubt, longing, and the complexities of my relationship. I usually yearn for emotional connections, yet I hesitate to fully invest in any form of emotional attachment due to the fear of being hurt or disappointed. The repeated references to “dying hearts” and “broken dreams” in the song, is clearly relatable to this. The song highlights uncertainty, making me wonder whether I am destined to be alone or if there’s a possibility for something more. But despite all the unanswered questions, the song still encourages me to keep trying and not give up. It gives me a sense of hope and the reassurance that I am not alone in this struggle.”

JESS says:

“Man, life’s been throwing punches lately, but I’m still standing. Lost my job, got my heart broken, the works. It’s like a constant downpour, no umbrella in sight. But quitting? Nah, that’s not me. There’s this little voice inside saying, “keep going, buddy”. So every day, I lace up my boots, put on my best smile and face the world. Sure, some days are harder than others, but ain’t it the tough times that make us stronger? So yeah, life’s a bit of a wrestling match right now, but you better believe I’m not tapping out. Bring it on! Thank you, Rob Thomas and the entire band for giving me the strength to carry on in life”

One Hit Love

3 Responses

  1. Marcia says:

    Nailed it!!!! AGAIN!!! Rob demands you hear every single word of a song that he sings. It speaks to my soul. It is a true gift..Thank you!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Best song on album is One hit Love. Rob and band nailed this. As soon as this hits airwaves it should go to number 1. This is Matchbox Twenty, and Rob at their finest!❤️

  3. D says:

    This is my favorite song on the album- and in my top 5 out of all of their songs. This is an incredible song and album. “Where the the Light Goes” is an amazing album – and worth the wait.

    “One Hit Love” – actually reminds me of my current relationship. It’s been difficult – especially because of my serious health issues (they have really affected our relationship) – but we won’t let go – we don’t stop trying – and we DON’T STOP.

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