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December 22, 2017

Cheap Trick: "I Want You to Want Me"

Album: Cheap Trick at Budokan

Year: 1979

Facts: The studio version was the first single from Cheap Trick's 1977 album, In Color. It didn't chart in the U.S., but went to number-one in Japan. When the band released the live version recorded at Budokan in Tokyo, it became the album's biggest U.S. single, hitting number-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and receiving a gold certification.

Background: Dismissed by some as a piece of pop fluff, Cheap Trick guitarist and songwriter Rick Nielsen defends his song and says there's a certain amount of unfulfilled fantasy amid the good cheer.


Rick Nielsen – I Want You to Want Me

Rick Nielsen talks about his often maligned song, "I Want You To Want Me".