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"I Want You to Want Me"
Single by Cheap Trick
from the album In Color
B-side "Oh Boy"
Released 1977
Format 7"
Recorded Kendun Recorders
Los Angeles, 1977
Genre Rock
Length 3:09
Label Epic 50435
Writer(s) Rick Nielsen
Producer Tom Werman
"I Want You to Want Me (Live)"
Single by Cheap Trick
from the album Cheap Trick at Budokan
B-side "Clock Strikes Ten" (Live)
Released 1979
Format 7"
Recorded Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
April 1978
Genre Rock
Length 3:38
Label Epic 50680
Writer(s) Rick Nielsen
Producer Cheap Trick
Certification Gold
"I Want You to Want Me"
Single by Dwight Yoakam
from the album Tomorrow's Sounds Today
Released 2001
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:28
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Rick Nielsen
Producer Pete Anderson
Dwight Yoakam singles chronology
"What Do You Know About Love"
"I Want You to Want Me"
""I Was There" (with Buck Owens)

"I Want You to Want Me" is a song by Cheap Trick which first appeared on their second album In Color in 1977. It was the first single released from that album but it didn't chart in the US. However, it was a #1 single in Japan.[1][2] Its success in Japan, as well as the success of its preceding single "Clock Strikes Ten" and its followup "Surrender", paved the way for Cheap Trick's famous concerts at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in April 1978 that were recorded for the group's most popular album, Cheap Trick at Budokan.[3] A live version of "I Want You to Want Me" from the album Cheap Trick at Budokan was released in 1979 and became their biggest selling single, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, representing sales of one million records. It was also the band's highest charting single in Britain, where it reached #29.


Chart performance

Chart Debut
on chart
Billboard Hot 100 April 28, 1979 #7 19
Cash Box Top 100 Singles April 21, 1979 #3 23

All appearances

Cover versions


  1. ^ McLane, D. (June 14, 1979). "Cheap Trick Finds Heaven". Rolling Stone: p. 49. 
  2. ^ Wright, J.. "Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick". Classic Rock Revisited. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  3. ^ BUDOKAN! (30th Anniversary DVD+3CDs) insert booklet. 
  4. ^ "Cheap Trick singles Billboard performance". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 

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