Io che amo solo te is a song written by singer-songwriter Sergio Endrigo. It was released as side A on the 45 rpm Io che amo solo te/Vecchia balera in 1962, with arrangements by Luis Enriquez Bacalov.
In 2006 in Carrara, the song was awarded the prestigious Premio Lunezia for the musical-literary value of the song in the section Tribute to the poetic emotion of Italian songs of all times and was ranked 10th in the list of the 200 most beautiful Italian songs according to Rolling Stone.
At a time when the bulk of sales came from 45s with a brilliant rhythm and a catchy melody, a young singer-songwriter had the courage to propose to his record company (the same company as Sedaka, Paul Anka and Nico Fidenco, who were all the rage on jukeboxes at the time) a melancholic and elegant song, which against all odds made its debut in the charts.
‘Io che amo solo te’ is a love song that opens with a long, non-danceable introduction, and (a revolutionary fact for the time) the rhythm only appears in the second part of the song. Right from this record, which in truth does not constitute Endrigo’s debut because there had been less successful recordings under another label, the songwriter delineates his style in a defined manner: intelligent and never banal lyrics, even when they deal with easy themes such as love or betrayal, on wide-ranging melodies filtered through an intimist taste far from concessions to the general public.