(aired 1/15/10)

I started collecting the songs for today’s theme more than 15 years ago. Yet I never thought it would actually be a topic for my radio show, since it was always just my own private joke. It originally spawned for me in high school, when I had a friend of Japanese descent whose brother’s name was Yu. I kept noticing all the songs dedicated to him. Artists of many genres were singing directly to Yu! I haven’t stopped collecting relevant songs since then, but this week was the first time I shared this wacky news publicly. It seemed like an appropriate time, since Yu celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday.

All the selected songs today use “you” in the objective form, as you’d use someone’s name. Sure, there are many great songs that use “you” in subjective form, but I didn’t pick any. (They’d have to be: You Is My Sunshine, Is You Gonna Go My Way?, You Can’t Always Get What He Wants, Is You Lonesome Tonight?, Every Breath You Takes, etc.)

So if your name is Yu, or you know someone with that name, these songs will have an extra meaning. And for the rest of you, these songs are all for you!

  1. Is You or Is You Ain’t My Baby (Rae & Christian Remix) – Dinah Washington
  2. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
  3. Need You Tonight – INXS
  4. Miss You – The Concretes
  5. To Know You Is To Love You – B.B. King
  6. Within You Without You (feat. Matisyahu) – Easy Star All-Stars
  7. Crazy For You – Miho Hatori
  8. Love You Madly – Cake
  9. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) – The Commitments
  10. Let Me See You – Girl Talk
  11. You Each Time – Ani DiFranco
  12. I Get A Kick Out Of You – Jungle Brothers
  13. See You In Hell – The Corner Laughers
  14. I Want You – Bob Dylan
  15. There Will Never Be Another You – Ernestine Anderson
  16. I Wish You Wouldn’t Say That – Talking Heads
  17. I Wrote This Song About You – Simone White
  18. I Want You Back – Jackson 5
  19. Try Me On…I’m Very You – Deee-Lite
  20. I Love You – G. Love & Special Sauce

Originally aired on KSKQ on January 15, 2010. Select the play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

One Response to “You”

  • Derek Says:

    The Girl Talk song is making my head spin… I keep recognizing little bits and pieces “Hey, that’s Cameo. Wait, is that Wild Thing or Van Halen,.. Hey, I know this next one, but can’t place it, Ah it’s… oh now it’s gone… Is that 10,000 Maniacs or the Cranberries? (I always get them mixed up) Argh, I know this next bit, but, whoops it’s gone… Aaahhhh!!!”