Yazoo Songs Ranked

Yazoo (known as Yaz in North America) was an English synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex, consisting of former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke (keyboards) and Alison Moyet (vocals). The duo formed in late 1981 after Clarke responded to an advertisement Moyet placed in a British music magazine, although the pair had known each other since their schooldays. In 2008, 25 years after splitting, Clarke and Moyet reconciled and reformed Yazoo to play a successful tour of the UK, Europe, and North America in support of the reissue of Yazoo’s two studio albums and a box set, In Your Room of their material. The pair briefly reunited in May 2011 to play three Yazoo songs at a music festival organized by their record label. Here are all of Yazoo’s songs ranked.

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10. Sweet Thing (You and Me Both, 1983)

“The tunes range from solid pop to the more filler-ish by numbers album tracks. When I was able to ignore the tinny sound and rudimentary handclaps, electronic drum patterns etc some of it is still quite enjoyable. It’s Alison’s vocals and the solid pop tunes which redeem it.”

9. Midnight (Upstairs at Eric’s, 1982)

“One of the greatest “pure” synth-pop albums of all time. Every track is good. Every note carefully crafted by one of the greatest synth-pop magicians of all-time; Vince Clarke. Doesn’t sound like much by today’s standards, but should be respected for what it was in 1982!”

8. Bring Your Love Down (Didn’t I) (Upstairs at Eric’s, 1982)

“I like this more and more with each spin. It’s a mixture of super poppy synth sounds with a dark feel, which I suspect may be a trademark of the group (this being my introduction to Yaz). The sounds they create are well done synth pop but the vocals are heavier, deeper and sultry which at first seemed to oppose eachother. “

Yazoo - Upstairs At Erics (CD) - Music Online | Raru

7. Tuesday (Upstairs at Eric’s, 1982)

“Alison Moyet was a new, strong, soulful voice in British pop music. Vince Clarke, formerly from Depeche Mode, provided synthesizer accompaniments that would help to define the dance music of the new decade. Apart from the voice all the sounds are electronic.”

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6. Goodbye Seventies (Upstairs at Eric’s, 1982)

“A funky, techno band that my friends and I listened to in high school. i LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!!!! Every song has such catchy lyrics, after hearing them, I can’t get them out of my head. I sing them for weeks. I highly recommend this album!!!!”

5. Too Pieces (Upstairs at Eric’s, 1982)

“This is a great track. It was done on a pro one synthesiser which they used on most of the album. It’s a great track but never was sure what the track was about? I’m sure it’s about love. It’s a very clever thinking track because of the lyrics and the synth sound that was used. Still sounds just as good today. Shame they don’t make music like that no more.”

Yazoo – You And Me Both (1983, Vinyl) - Discogs

4. Situation (Upstairs at Eric’s, 1982)

“‘Situation’ is one of Yazoo’s best known (and sampled) tunes but it was only a humble B side in Yazoo’s own country first time round (us Brits had to wait eight years for it to be finally released as a single). The lucky Americans got it both as a remixed single and album track on the duo’s debut LP (it later surfaced on some UK CD versions of the album). Alison Moyet’s laugh here has often been sampled, most famously on the ‘Macarena’ Euro pop hit.”

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3. Only You (Upstairs at Eric’s, 1982)

“While the bouncy “Situation” has carved out a cozy rut on the retro-night club circuit, it’s the slow, melancholy “Only You” that proves the better song a quarter of a century down the road. Alison Moyet (whose birthday seems to pass unmarked in England, for whatever reason) might have played a poor-woman’s Annie Lennox amidst Vinnie Clarke’s cliched keyboard antics, but she truly owns this number.”

2. Nobody’s Diary (You and Me Both 1983)

“It’s really impressive how much emotion and empathy “Nobody’s Diary,” as a synth-driven piece, conveys and creates. Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke deserve full credit for their efforts here, pulling off the nigh-impossible with this great Moyet-penned unresolved breakup song.”

Yazoo – Only Yazoo - The Best Of (1999, CD) - Discogs

1. Don’t Go (Upstairs at Eric’s, 1982)

“One of the best synthie pop songs ever written. Good on dancefloor, good at home, innovative sounds. And on top of it a voice that’s so much better than most any other female voice that time. Listen to the B-Sode “Winter Kills”. A classical melody played on piano and Alison sings it so sad you can feel teh cold and lonely winter time killing you. Fantastic!”