Cheap Trick

I Want You to Want Me

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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 Epic / Legacy 2:44
In Color 1977 Legacy 3:11
No Image 1990
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:09
Every Trick in the Book [Video] 1990 Cherry Red
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Capitol 0:00
No Image 1990
Original Soundtrack
Epic 0:00
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:39
Sounds of the Seventies: 1979 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:39
No Image 1992 Castle Music Ltd.
I Want You to Want Me 1992 IMG / Int'l Marketing Grp 3:12
Stardust: Metal, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Stardust Records
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 Sony Music Distribution 3:11
Flashback!: Rock Classics of the '70s 1995
Various Artists
Realm Records 3:39
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 Epic / Legacy 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: The Album 1997
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 3:37
Starflight, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
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
That '70s Show Presents That '70s Album: Rockin' 1999
Various Artists
Volcano Records 3:11
Superhits of Rock: 1965 - 1979 1999
Various Artists
L & D 3:10
Authorized Greatest Hits 2000 Legacy / Epic 3:44
Best of Rock, Vol. 2: The Ultimate Collection 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:41
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Realm Records 3:39
Silver 2001 JVC Compact Discs 3:37
Rock Classics: The Heavyweights 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 0:00
The Essential Cheap Trick 2004 Legacy / Epic 3:43
Retro '70s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:41
Triple Treat: Rock 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:08
Collections 2007 Sony Music Distribution 3:46
The Very Best of Cheap Trick 2007 Sony Music Distribution 3:13
The Power of Love: 60 Powerful Love Ballads 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:00
Cheap Trick [Collector's Tin] 2008 Madacy Distribution / Sony Music Distribution / Madacy 3:41
Essential: The Power of Rock 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:02
Haynes Ultimate Guide to Rock: Dad 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:11
The Pop Years: The 70s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:33
Pure... 70s Dance Party 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:11
Pure... America 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:12
Greatest Ever! Rock Anthems 2011
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music 0:00
Now That's What I Call Classic Rock Hits 2012
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:36
Latest & Greatest Driving Rock Anthems 2014
Various Artists
USM Media 3:09
Everybody Wants Some!! [Music from the Motion Picture] 2016
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
100 Hits: The Best Rock & Power Ballads
Various Artists
100 Hits / Sony Music 3:41
70s U.S. Playlist
Various Artists
Crimson 3:11
Dad Songs
Various Artists
Crimson / Sony Music 3:02
Rock & Romance Collection
Various Artists
Time Life 3:40
Sessions @ AOL Big 3 3:47
The Classic 70s Collection [Sony]
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:08
The Greatest Love Songs of the '70s
Various Artists
Time Life 3:12
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:39