You (Ten Sharp song)

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Single by Ten Sharp
from the album Under the Water-Line
B-side "You" (instrumental)
"When The Snow Falls" (maxi)
"White Gold" (maxi)
Released 1991
Format CD single, CD maxi, 7" single,
12" maxi
Recorded 1990
Length 4:35
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Ton Groen, Niels Hermes
Producer(s) Niels Hermes, Michiel Hoogenboezem
Ten Sharp singles chronology
"Way of the West"
"Ain't My Beating Heart"
Alternative cover
UK version
Music video
"You" (official video) on YouTube

"You" is the name of a 1991 song recorded by the Dutch band Ten Sharp. It was released in 1991 as their debut single from the album Under the Water-Line and became a hit in many countries, including France, Norway and Sweden, where it reached number one on the charts.

Background and writing[edit]

"You" was the band's first single as a duo. The lyrics were written by Ton Groen, while the music was composed by Niels Hermes. French music author Elia Habib described the song as "the notes from the piano are sharply separated with a beautiful consistency and constitute the backdrop of a melody served by the power of Marcel Kapteijn's voice".

The first part of the song "Daughters" from John Mayer is a copy of this song.


Chart performances[edit]

The song was very successful, peaking at number one in three countries.

It was a number-one hit in Norway, spending 16 weeks in the top ten. In Sweden, the single peaked at number one for two weeks. In France, "You" also peaked at number one for two weeks.[2]

In other territories, "You" peaked at number four Germany and remained ranked for 43 weeks on the chart, number four in Ireland[3] and number two in Austria. The single spent 32 weeks in the Top 40 in Switzerland, peaking at number three. It was the group's only hit in the UK to date, peaking at number ten.[4]

Track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "You".[5]

CD single, 7" single, cassette
No. Title Length
1. "You" (single version) 4:33
2. "You" (instrumental) 4:24
CD maxi, 12" maxi
No. Title Length
1. "You" (single version) 4:35
2. "When The Snow Falls" 5:13
3. "White Gold" 3:30
4. "You" (instrumental) 4:24
7" single - Promo
No. Title Length
1. "You" (acoustic version)  

The version of "White Gold" on the single is an edit of the version that appears as a B-side on the 1986 single "Last Words".


  • Vocals: Marcel Kapteijn
  • Instruments and programming: Niels Hermes
  • Produced by Michiel Hoogenboezem & Niels Hermes
  • Engineered by Michiel Hoogenboezem
  • Guitar on "When The Snow Falls" & "White Gold": Martin Boers
  • Bass on "When The Snow Falls" & "White Gold": Ton Groen
  • Drums on "When The Snow Falls" & "White Gold": Wil Bouwes
  • Recorded at Spitsbergen and Wisseloord Studios
  • Mixed at Wisseloord Studios
  • Artwork: Theo Stapel


Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
by Elton John and George Michael
Norwegian VG-Lista number-one single
6/1992 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Mother Porno" by Go-Go Gorilla
Preceded by
"Justified and Ancient" by The KLF
Swedish number-one single
March 4, 1992 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Stockholm" by Orup
Preceded by
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
by Elton John and George Michael
French SNEP number-one single
April 11, 1992 - April 18, 1992 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Joy" by François Feldman


  1. ^ Habib, Elia. Muz hit. tubes (in French). Alinéa Bis. p. 234. ISBN 2-9518832-0-X. 
  2. ^ ""You", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Irish Single Chart, database". Irishcharts. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b ""You", UK Singles Chart". Chartstats. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  5. ^ ""You", formats and track listings". Discogs. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  6. ^ " – Ten Sharp – You" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ " – Ten Sharp – You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  9. ^ " – Ten Sharp – You" (in French). Les classement single.
  10. ^ " – Ten Sharp Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Ten Sharp search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  12. ^ " – Ten Sharp – You". VG-lista.
  13. ^ " – Ten Sharp – You". Singles Top 100.
  14. ^ " – Ten Sharp – You". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "1992 Austrian Singles Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  16. ^ "Single top 100 over 1991" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  17. ^ "1992 Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Hitparade. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 

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