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"Only You"
Single by Yazoo
from the album Upstairs at Eric's
Released March 15, 1982
October 7, 1996 (CD reissue)
August 23, 1999 (remix)
Format 7", 12" (1982)
12", CD (1999)
Recorded 1982
Genre Synthpop
Length 3:12
Label Mute - MUTE 20
Producer Eric Radcliffe, Daniel Miller and Yazoo (1982)
Eric Radcliffe and Yazoo (1999)
Yazoo singles chronology
"Only You"
"Don't Go"

"Only You" is a ballad written by musician Vince Clarke. He wrote it while with Depeche Mode, and offered it to them when he was leaving. They declined, and Clarke recorded it after forming the duo Yazoo with Alison Moyet. It was an instant success, hitting number two in the UK, and charting in the U.S. (number sixty-seven, Billboard Hot 100), a feat only attained by one other Yazoo single (coincidentally, that single was "Situation," the original UK B-side of "Only You"). "Only You" also made the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart at number thirty-eight.

A remix of "Only You" made the UK Top 40 again in 1999, while reaching number sixteen on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The music video for the new version was created using the Houdini 3D animation software package.[1]

Clarke had gone through a divorce around the time that he wrote the song, the song may reflect his mood at the time.

Clarke's melody in the song "has a sweetly yearning quality, elegantly arranged by Clarke and producer E.C. Radcliffe in a fashion that links several different monophonic synths together to give the tune more depth and melodic substance" according to Allmusic [1]. Moyet's vocals, they say, is a "perfectly understated vocal performance, soulful yet dignified in the manner of '70s soul star Ann Peebles, of Clarke's gentle and romantic lyrics."

Although not a Christmas song, it has become a popular song to play at that time of year. This is probably due to the association with the Flying Pickets version, which was a Christmas hit.


Track listing

Mute/7 MUTE 20 (UK)
  1. "Only You" - 3:10
  2. "Situation" - 3:44
Sire/9 2-98447 (US)
  1. "Only You" - 3:10
  2. "Winter Kills" - 4:01
Mute/12 MUTE 20 (UK)
  1. "Only You" - 3:10
  2. "Situation" (extended version) - 5:20
Mute/CD MUTE 20 (UK)
  1. "Only You" - 3:10
  2. "Situation" - 3:44
  3. "Situation" (extended version) - 5:20

(*) CD released in September 30, 1996

Flying Pickets cover version

An a cappella version by The Flying Pickets was even more successful than the original on the UK Singles Chart by becoming the Christmas number one in 1983. It spent five weeks at the top. This made "Only You" the first a cappella chart-topper in the UK. The Flying Pickets version went on to become a number one hit on the German Singles Chart in 1984 and charted in Canada as well, though it saw no chart action in the United States.

"Sólo En Ti"
Single by Enrique Iglesias
from the album Vivir
Released May, 1997
Format CD Promo single
Recorded 1996
Genre Latin
Length 3:31
Label Fonovisa
Producer Rafael Pérez-Botija
Enrique Iglesias singles chronology
"Enamorado Por Primera Vez"
"Sólo En Ti"

Enrique Iglesias cover version

Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias covered the song on his second studio album Vivir. The track was released as the second single from that album and became very successful, debuting at number 1 in the United States Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart (his second in a row, and the first artist to do so) in May 3, 1997[2] and spent ten non-consecutive weeks at the top.[3].

Chart (1997) Peak
US Billboard Hot Latin Tracks[4] 1
US Billboard Latin Pop Airplay [5] 1
US Billboard Latin Regional Mexican Airplay [6] 4
US Billboard Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay [7] 6

Other cover versions

  • The song was a very popular among American college and university a cappella vocal groups in the 1980s and 1990s. Notable versions were performed by the Wellesley Tupeloes on their album Snafu. The Harvard Radcliffe Veritones performed it for many years and in their first few years, actress Mira Sorvino was the soloist. Although no album was released with Mira Sorvino performing, there are two known concert recording of her performing: Paine Hall Concert 11-15-1986, and the Ides of March Jam in Sanders Theatre 3-21-1987.
  • Judy Collins covered the song in the mid 1980s. Her version featured additional lyrics.
  • A version by Rita Coolidge made the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 1984.
  • Kapitulation Bonn covered the song for the 1996 compilation Punk Chartbusters Vol. 2.
  • American singer Jocelyn Enriquez covered the song on her 1997 album Jocelyn.
  • Canadian dance producers The Boomtang Boys recorded a cover of the song with singer Liz Melody on vocals. The track was included on their 1999 Greatest Hits album.
  • Hawaiin singer Makana recorded a cover for his 2000 album Makana.[8] An audio sample can be heard on the artist's official MySpace page.[9]
  • Serbian punk rock band KBO! recorded a version on their 2001 cover album (Ne) Menjajte Stanicu (a.k.a. "(Do Not) Change The Station").
  • A dance version was released by Jan Wayne (featuring DJ Maurice) from his 2002 album Back Again.
  • Pop punk band Even in Blackouts recorded it for their 2002 album Myths and Imaginary Magicians.
  • Singer-songwriter Joshua Radin released a cover of the song as a bonus song on his 2006 album We Were Here.
  • German pop duo Lemon Ice included a cover version on their 2007 album One. An audio sample and a clip of the music video can be found on the group's official website.[10]
  • British indie band Goodbooks recorded a cover, which was available for download on the Internet.
  • Electropop band Freezepop recorded a cover of the song, which was available for download on the Internet.
  • Singer Ralf Youtz recorded a cover on his 2003 album "Those Darn Nineties"

Live cover performances


  • Group collaboration Rappers Against Racism featuring Trooper sampled the song for their track on the first CD of the compilation 100% Black Vol. 3.

Appearances in other media

Preceded by
"Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel
UK number-one single (Flying Pickets version)
December 4, 1983
Succeeded by
"Pipes of Peace" by Paul McCartney
Preceded by
"Ya Me Voy Para Siempre" by Los Temerarios
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks number-one single (Enrique Iglesias version)
May 3, 1997 - June 6, 1997
June 21, 1997 - July 12, 1997
Succeeded by
"El Destino" by Juan Gabriel and Rocío Dúrcal
Preceded by
Renée and Renato

Save Your Love

UK Christmas Number One single (Flying Pickets version)

Only You


Succeeded by
Band Aid

Do They Know It's Christmas

See also


  1. ^ Moltenbrey, Karen (April 2002). Broadcast Retrospective 25th Anniversary: Part 4. Computer Graphics World. Accessed February 26, 2006.
  2. ^ ""Hot Latin Tracks" on". Retrieved 1997-05-03. 
  3. ^ ""Hot Latin Tracks" on". Retrieved 1997-07-05. 
  4. ^ ""Hot Latin Tracks" on". Retrieved 1997-07-05. 
  5. ^ ""Latin Pop Airplay" on". Retrieved 1997-07-12. 
  6. ^ ""Latin Regional Mexican Airplay" on". Retrieved 1997-05-03. 
  7. ^ ""Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay" on". Retrieved 1997-05-03. 
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