Billy Squier

Everybody Wants You

Composed by Billy Squier

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"The Stroke" was the bigger hit, but Billy Squier's first single from his follow-up album, "Everybody Wants You," has the better riff. A piledriving unison riff (three guitars and the bass are playing exactly the same chords throughout) that manages to be hard-rocking and funky at the same time, this is a riff that's screaming to be co-opted by the likes of Puff Daddy or Smash Mouth. Add to this mighty riff one of Billy Squier's most appealingly bratty vocals -- every line is delivered in a disdainful whine -- and a sleekly new wave-oriented production featuring just-so synths and a particularly glossy, shiny arrangement, and "Everybody Wants You" is an apotheosis of commercial hard rock circa 1983.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Emotions in Motion 1982 Capitol 3:46
80's Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 4: Party On 1992
Various Artists
Priority Records
16 Strokes: The Best of Billy Squier 1995 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 3:45
Reach for the Sky: The Anthology 1996 Chronicles / PolyGram 3:46
King Biscuit Flower Hour 1996 King Biscuit Entertainment 4:34
Shape Fitness Music: Cardio, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Capitol 1:30
Power Chords, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
Billboard Top Album Rock Hits 1982 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 3:49
Rock On: 1982 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:48
Radio Days: '80s Rock 1999
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:47
80's Rock, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:46
Eighties Rock 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:46
Live 2000 Collectables 4:57
Inside the Music: Classic Rock 2001
Various Artists
Silverline Records
Hits You Remember: Live 2001 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:32
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:47
No Image 2002 BMG Special Products 4:34
Classic Masters 2002 Capitol 3:47
From the Front Row...Live! 2003 Silverline Records
Absolutely the Best of Classic Rock 2003
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 / Varese 3:46
Greatest Hits Live 2003 King Biscuit Entertainment 4:35
Rip This Joint 2004 Disky
Billboard #1s: The '80s 2004
Various Artists
Rhino 3:48
Video Hits 2005 EMI-Capitol Special Markets
The Best of Classic Rock 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:46
Absolute Hits 2005 Capitol/EMI Records / Emi 3:48
The Best of Billy Squier: 10 Best Series 2005 Platinum Disc 3:47
This Is Mullet Rock 2005
Various Artists
Dead Line Music 3:47
Classic Rock Hits 2006
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Fuel 2000 / Varese 3:46
Emotions in Motion/Signs of Life 2008 Beat Goes On 3:46
Countdown to the New Year 2010
Various Artists
Capitol / EMI Music Distribution 3:46
Essential 2011 Capitol 3:46
Icon 2013 Capitol 3:47
20 No. 1’s: 80's Rock
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:47
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