Only You (Yazoo song)

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For the song by The Platters, see Only You (And You Alone).
"Only You"
Single by Yazoo
from the album Upstairs at Eric's
Released 15 March 1982 (UK)
November 1982 (USA)[1]
23 August 1999 (remix)
Format 7", 12" (1982)
12", CD (1999)
Recorded 1982
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 3:11
Label Mute – MUTE 20
Writer(s) Vince Clarke
Producer(s) Eric Radcliffe, Daniel Miller and Yazoo (1982)
Eric Radcliffe and Yazoo (1999)
Yazoo singles chronology
"Only You/Situation"
"Don't Go"

"Only You" is a ballad written by musician Vince Clarke. He wrote it while with Depeche Mode, but recorded it in 1982 after forming the duo Yazoo with Alison Moyet. It was released as Yazoo's first single on 15 March 1982 in the United Kingdom and in November that same year in the US. Upon its UK release, the single became an instant success, hitting number two on the charts. In the US, the song charted at number sixty-seven on 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 US 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 US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The music video for the new version was created using the Houdini 3D animation software package.[2]


An 18-second sample of "Only You" demonstrating the synth layering of the music and soulful style of Alison Moyet's singing.

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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."

Track listing[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

The Flying Pickets version[edit]

"Only You"
Single by The Flying Pickets
from the album Lost Boys
Released 1983/1984
Format 7"
Recorded 1983
Genre A cappella
Length 3:15
Label Virgin
Producer(s) The Flying Pickets, John Sherry Sonet
The Flying Pickets singles chronology
"Only You"
"When You're Young and in Love"

An a cappella version by The Flying Pickets was even more successful than the 1982 original on the UK Singles Chart, being released towards the end of the following year and becoming the Christmas number one in 1983. It spent five weeks at the top.[3] This made "Only You" the first a cappella chart-topper in the UK, and was released on overseas markets the following year. The description of "a cappella" is misleading however, as synthesizers feature throughout the recording.

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.

Track listing
7" Single 10,106,103 1983
7" Single 10 TEN 14 1983
  1. "Only You"  : 3:20
  2. "Disco Down" : 3:27
Preceded by
"Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel
UK number-one single
10 December 1983
(for five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Pipes of Peace" by Paul McCartney

Enrique Iglesias version[edit]

"Sólo En Ti"
Single by Enrique Iglesias
from the album Vivir
Released 17 May 1997 (1997-05-17)
Format CD promo single
Recorded 1996–97
(New York City),
(Madrid, Spain)
Genre Latin pop
Length 3:28
Label Fonovisa
Writer(s) Vince Clarke, Enrique Iglesias
Producer(s) Rafael Pérez Botija
Enrique Iglesias singles chronology
"Enamorado Por Primera Vez"
"Sólo En Ti"

Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias recorded a Spanish version of the song, which was featured 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) on 3 May 1997,[4] and spent ten non-consecutive weeks at the top.[5] Iglesias also recorded the song in English, which is included in the album Bailamos Greatest Hits.

Chart (1997) Peak
US Billboard Hot Latin Tracks[5] 1
US Billboard Latin Pop Airplay[6] 1
US Billboard Latin Regional Mexican Airplay[7] 4
US Billboard Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay[8] 6

Kylie Minogue and James Corden version[edit]

"Only You"
Single by Kylie Minogue featuring James Corden
from the album Kylie Christmas
Released 9 November 2015
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015
Genre Christmas music
Length 3:05
Writer(s) Vince Clarke
Producer(s) Steve Anderson
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"The Other Boys"
"Only You"
"100 Degrees"
James Corden singles chronology
"Only You"

"Only You" is the lead single from Kylie Minogue's 2015 album, Kylie Christmas. Minogue and Corden, who have been friends since 2009, reportedly saw the duet as a novelty inclusion for the album. However, it was elevated to single status.[9]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[10] 22
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[11] 40
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[12] 74
UK Download (Official Charts Company)[13] 59

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Worldwide 9 November 2015 Digital download [14][15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "45cat - Yaz - Only You / Winter Kills - Sire - USA - 7-29844". 45cat. 
  2. ^ Moltenbrey, Karen (April 2002). Broadcast Retrospective 25th Anniversary: Part 4. Computer Graphics World. Accessed 26 February 2006.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 430–1. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ ""Hot Latin Tracks" on". Retrieved 3 May 1997.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)[dead link]
  5. ^ a b ""Hot Latin Tracks" on". Retrieved 5 July 1997.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)[dead link]
  6. ^ ""Latin Pop Airplay" on". Archived from the original on 15 January 2015. Retrieved 12 July 1997.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ ""Latin Regional Mexican Airplay" on". Retrieved 3 May 1997.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)[dead link]
  8. ^ ""Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay" on". Retrieved 3 May 1997.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)[dead link]
  9. ^ "Kylie Minogue, James Corden duet on Only You in Christmas number one bid". Nick Galvin. Sydney Morning Herald. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  10. ^ " – Kylie Minogue with James Corden – Only You" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  11. ^ " – Kylie Minogue with James Corden – Only You" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Archive Chart: 11 December 2015". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  13. ^ "December 2015/ Archive Chart: 11 December 2015" UK Download Chart. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Kylie Christmas by Kylie Minogue". iTunes. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Kylie Christmas by Kylie Minogue". iTunes. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 

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