Cheap Trick

I Want You to Want Me

Composed by Rick Nielsen

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One of the great last power pop hits of the 1970s was undoubtedly Cheap Trick's live version of "I Want You to Want Me," from 1979's At Budokan. While the song and accompanying album single-handedly broke the band into the big time, it didn't always resemble an up-tempo singalong anthem. The band had played the song in its At Budokan version for years (stretching back to their "bar days" in Illinois), and even recorded a similar-styled version for their outstanding 1977 self-titled debut. Although it didn't make the original release, it finally saw the light of day on the 1996 box set Sex America Cheap Trick and as a bonus track on a remastered reissue of their debut in 1998. But for unexplainable reasons, when the band re-recorded the song for their sophomore release, In Color, it came off as bland and totally lifeless -- perhaps the label's and producer Tom Werman's insistence that the band write a "hit single" made them try to soften the track up. Thankfully, the song was resuscitated for At Budokan, sounding almost like a completely different song.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Cheap Trick [1977] 1977 Sony Music Distribution
In Color 1977 Sony Music Distribution 3:11
At Budokan 1979 Sony Music 3:44
Super Rock Session 1988
Various Artists
CBS Records 3:09
Rock Classics: Laserscharf 1989
Various Artists
CBS Records 3:33
No Image 1990
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:09
Sounds of the Seventies: 1979 1990
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:39
The  Greatest Hits 1991 BMG / Epic / Legacy / Sony Music Entertainment 3:38
No Image 1992 Castle Music Ltd.
I Want You to Want Me 1992 IMG / Int'l Marketing Grp 3:12
Young at Heart, Vol. 1 [Sounds Direct Discs 1-2] 1993
Various Artists
Sounds Direct
Top Gear [Concept] 1994
Various Artists
Concept 3:35
Impossible Concert 1994
Various Artists
Alex 3:28
Stardust: Metal, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Stardust Records
Rock the Night 1994
Various Artists
Columbia 3:36
The Greatest Classic Rock Hits 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:09
Born to Be Wild, Vol. 2 [Madacy 1995] 1995
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:09
Cheap Trick/In Color/Heaven Tonight 1995 Legacy 3:11
Teenage Kicks: 46 Classic Punk & New Wave Tracks 1995
Various Artists
PolyGram 3:10
Forever Rock, Vol. 2 [Sony] 1996
Various Artists
Madacy 3:40
Sex, America, Cheap Trick 1996 Sony Music Distribution 3:43
Rock 'n 70s 1996
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:09
Ultimate Rock 'N' Roll Collection [EMI] 1996
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution
Private Parts 1997
Original Soundtrack
Warner Bros. 3:37
Starflight, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:06
Live in Australia 1997 Rhino/Warner Bros.
De Pre Historie: De Jaren 70, Vol. 2 (1979) 1997
Various Artists
Eva 3:40
Hits of Cheap Trick 1998 Sony Music Distribution 3:46
Greatest Rock: All-Time Classics, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:40
Music for Hangovers 1999 Big 3 3:45
That '70s Show Presents That '70s Album: Rockin' 1999
Various Artists
BMG / BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
Superhits of Rock: 1965 - 1979 1999
Various Artists
L & D 3:10
Rock Giants, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:40
Authorized Greatest Hits 2000 Epic / Delabel
Best of Rock, Vol. 2: The Ultimate Collection 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:41
Sensational '70s [2000/Box Set] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 3:40
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Realm Records 3:39
Silver 2001 Big 3 3:38
Silver [Video] 2001 Cheap Trick Unlimited 3:37
100 No. 1 Hits [Universal] 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Rock Classics: The Heavyweights 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment 3:02
Super Hits 70er, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:11
The Essential Cheap Trick 2004 Sony Music Distribution
Retro '70s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:41
From Tokyo to You: Live in Japan 2004 Big3 Records
On the Road 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Triple Treat: Rock 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:08
Classic Rock Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:41
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 70's Rock's Greatest Hits 2005
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:10
Ultimate Seventies 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Feel the Noize: All Time Greatest Rock Anthems 2006
Various Artists
American Beat Records 3:39
Eazy Rock Ultimate Collection 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:41
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music
Super Rock in Concert 2007
Various Artists
sbc / Sony BMG 3:31
Kings of Rock 2007
Various Artists
Music Club Records 3:09
Collections 2007 Sony Music Distribution 3:46
Super Hits 2007 Sony Music Distribution / Sbme Special Mkts. 3:41
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:36
No. 1 Rock Album 2007
Various Artists
Music Club Deluxe 3:45
Rock Classics [Sony BMG] 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:37
100 Hits: Rock 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG
The Very Best of Cheap Trick 2008 Sony Music Distribution 3:13
American Heartbeat: A Pulsating 80's Rock Collection 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:12
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:39
Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Rock 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:07
High Fidelity Hits of 70's FM 2008
Various Artists
Rhino 3:44
1978 Tokyo Concert 2008 Immortal
Nostalgie La Legende: 20ème Anniversaire 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:45
Playlist: The Very Best of Cheap Trick 2009 Legacy 3:46
The Pop Years: 1978-1979 2009
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:33
Essential: The Power of Rock 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:02
The Best Year of My Life: 1979 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music
Essential 3.0 2010 Epic / Legacy / Sony Legacy 3:43
The  Music of Cheap Trick 2010 Epic / Legacy 3:41
Haynes Ultimate Guide to Rock: Dad 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:11
Setlist: The Very Best of Cheap Trick Live 2010 Epic / Legacy 3:40
The  Pop Years: The 70s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions / Zoom
Pure... 70s Dance Party 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:11
Pure... America 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:12
Haynes Ultimate Guide to the 70s 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:10
Greatest Ever! Rock Anthems 2011
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music
Original Album Classics, Vol. 2 2012 Epic / Sony Music
No Image 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:12
Latest & Greatest Driving Rock Anthems 2014
Various Artists
USM Media 3:09
The Box Set Series 2014 Legacy / Sony Music 3:41
On Top Of The World: 1978 Live Broadcast 2014 Rock Classics
Original Album Classics, Vol. 3 2014 Epic / Legacy / Sony Legacy 3:11
Top 40: '70s Pop 2014
Various Artists
Crimson
The 70s: Cheap Trick 2014 BMG / Sony Music 3:38
100 Hits: Total Rock 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:35
No Image 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:10
'70s Summer Album 2016
Various Artists
Crimson 3:11
100 Hits: 70's [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
100% Rolling Stone
Various Artists
Frequency Records
1979: A Time to Remember the Classic Years
Various Artists
The CD Card Company / Sony BMG 3:45
25 Jaar Top 40 Hits, Deel 4: 1977-1980
Various Artists
Edison
American Highway
Various Artists
Rhino / WMTV 3:10
Everybody Wants Some!! [Music from the Motion Picture]
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
No Image
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
Foute CD, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Ars Produktion 3:04
From Tokyo To You Steamhammer
Het  Swing Paleis, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Magic
How It Works: The Dad - The Album
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:11
Just Great Rock Songs
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:08
Raising Hell: The 1970s FM Concert Broadcasts / Refractor Records 3:33
Rock Album,  Vol. 1 [Arcade]
Various Artists
Arcade Music
Superstar Seventies!
Various Artists
Sony Music
The  Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time Life / Time/Life Music 3:39
Turn On the Radio: The 1980s Refractor Records 4:57
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