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Only You (Yazoo song)

"Only You"
YazooOnly you.jpg
Single by Yazoo
from the album Upstairs at Eric's
B-side "Situation"
Released 15 March 1982 (UK)
November 1982 (USA)[1]
23 August 1999 (remix)
Format 7", 12" (1982)
12", CD (1999)
Recorded 1982
Genre Synthpop
Length 3:11
Label Mute – MUTE 20
Songwriter(s) Vince Clarke
Producer(s) Eric Radcliffe, Daniel Miller and Yazoo (1982)
Eric Radcliffe and Yazoo (1999)
Yazoo singles chronology
"Only You"
"Don't Go"
"Only You/Situation"
"Don't Go"

"Only You" is a song written by English 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. Upon its UK release, the single became an instant success, hitting number two on the UK Singles Chart. In the US, the song was released as their second single in November 1982 and charted at number sixty-seven on Billboard Hot 100. "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 orchestral remix of "Only You" was created for the Boots 2017 Christmas Advert on UK TV. Yazoo released the track on their YouTube channel on the 17th of November with a promise that it will be released as a single-track download the following week. The remix features Alison Moyet's original vocal with a brand new orchestral backing track.


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.[3] 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

Mute/7 MUTE 20 (UK)
  1. "Only You" – 3:10
  2. "Situation" – 2:22
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" – 2:26
  3. "Situation" (extended version) – 5:20

(*) CD released on 30 September 1996

Cover versions

The Flying Pickets version

"Only You"
Single by The Flying Pickets
from the album Lost Boys
Released December 1983
Format 7"
Recorded 1983
Genre A cappella
Length 3:15
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Vince Clarke
Producer(s) The Flying Pickets, John Sherry Sonet
The Flying Pickets singles chronology
"Only You"
"When You're Young and in Love"
"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.[4] This made "Only You" the first a cappella chart-topper in the UK,[5] and was released on overseas markets the following year.

The Flying Pickets version went on to become a number one hit on the German Singles Chart in 1984,[6] and charted in Canada as well,[7] though it saw no chart action in the United States. The song is also used at the end of Wong Kar-wai's film, Fallen Angels, which was released in 1995.[8]

This version was reportedly one of Margaret Thatcher's favourite songs, a fact that has been noted with irony, due to the band's Socialist views.[9]

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

"Sólo En Tí"
Single by Enrique Iglesias
from the album Vivir
Released March 10, 1997 (1997-03-10)
Format CD promo single
Recorded 1995-1996
Studio Nadir Studios
Cinearte Studios
(Madrid, Spain)
New River Studios
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Ocean Way Recording & Westlake Audio
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Latin pop
Length 3:31
Label Fonovisa
Producer(s) Rafael Pérez-Botija
Enrique Iglesias singles chronology
"Enamorado Por Primera Vez"
"Sólo En Tí"
"Enamorado Por Primera Vez"
"Sólo En Tí"

Spanish singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias recorded a Spanish version of the song, which was featured on his second studio album Vivir, released on March 10, 1997. The track was released as the second single from that album and debuted 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 May 3, 1997,[10] and spent ten non-consecutive weeks at the top.[11] Iglesias also recorded the song in English, which is included in the album Bailamos Greatest Hits (1999).

Chart (1997) Peak
US Billboard Hot Latin Tracks[11] 1
US Billboard Latin Pop Airplay[12] 1
US Billboard Latin Regional Mexican Airplay[13] 4
US Billboard Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay[14] 6

Kylie Minogue version

"Only You"
Kylie Minogue - Only You.png
Single by Kylie Minogue with James Corden
from the album Kylie Christmas
Released 9 November 2015 (2015-11-09)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015
Genre Christmas
Length 3:05
Songwriter(s) Vince Clarke
Producer(s) Steve Anderson
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"The Other Boys"
"Only You"
"100 Degrees"
"The Other Boys"
"Only You"
"100 Degrees"
James Corden singles chronology
(2010) Shout2010
"Only You"
(2015) Only You2015
Music video
Kylie feat. James Corden "Only You" on YouTube

"Only You" is the lead single from Kylie Minogue's 2015 album, Kylie Christmas. Minogue and James 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.[15]

Weekly charts

Chart (2015) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[16] 22
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[17] 40
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[18] 74
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 104
UK Download (Official Charts Company)[20] 59

Release history

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Worldwide 9 November 2015 Digital download Parlophone [21][22]

Joshua Radin version

"Only You"
Song by Joshua Radin
from the album We Were Here
Released June 13, 2006
Length 2:29
Label Columbia
Producer(s) Chris Holmes

A cover version was included as bonus track by Joshua Radin on his 2006 album We Were Here, with an additional digital bonus Imogen Heap mix. The song has appeared on the soundtrack of the 2007 film Ten Inch Hero and included in the soundtrack album of 2008's Henry Poole Is Here.

Selena Gomez version

"Only You"
Song by Selena Gomez
from the album 13 Reasons Why (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)
Released March 30, 2017
Format Digital download
Length 3:04
Label Interscope
Producer(s) Eskmo

A cover version performed by Selena Gomez was included on the soundtrack for 13 Reasons Why (2017), a series adaptation of the eponymous book.[23] Its official lyric video was uploaded to Gomez's Vevo account on April 18, 2017.[24]


Chart (2017) Peak
US Twitter Top Tracks (Billboard)[25] 11

See also


  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.
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  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 430–1. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Leigh, Spencer (19 June 2012). "Brian Hibbard: Singer and actor who formed the Flying Pickets". The Independent. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "German Top 10 - Top 300 Of The Decade, The 80s". Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Kylie Minogue records cover of Yazoo's Only You with James Corden". New!. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2017. The Flying Pickets' version of the electronic pop ballad was also a huge hit in Germany and Canada... 
  8. ^ Nochimson, Martha P., ed. (2016-01-26). A Companion to Wong Kar-wai (2016 ed.). West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons Ltd. p. 451. ISBN 9781118424247. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "Flying Pickets". BBC Wales Music. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  10. ^ ""Hot Latin Tracks" on". May 3, 1997. [dead link]
  11. ^ a b ""Hot Latin Tracks" on". July 5, 1997. [dead link]
  12. ^ ""Latin Pop Airplay" on". July 12, 1997. Archived from the original on January 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ ""Latin Regional Mexican Airplay" on". May 3, 1997. [dead link]
  14. ^ ""Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay" on". May 3, 1997. [dead link]
  15. ^ "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. 
  16. ^ " – Kylie Minogue with James Corden – Only You" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  17. ^ " – Kylie Minogue with James Corden – Only You" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Kylie Christmas by Kylie Minogue". iTunes. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  22. ^ "Kylie Christmas by Kylie Minogue". iTunes. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  23. ^ Kendall Fisher (31 March 2017). "Selena Gomez releases Emotional Cover of "Only You"". E! Online. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  24. ^ Mike Wass (April 19, 2017). "Selena Gomez's "Only You" Gets A Suitably Emotional Lyric Video". 
  25. ^ "Twitter Top Tracks (April 15, 2017)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 

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