Cheap Trick – I Want You To Want Me

I Want You To Want Me – Cheap Trick | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#7); 1979

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Cheap Trick’s success in America almost didn’t happen. Guitarist Rick Nielsen and bassist Tom Petersson first failed together in a band called Fuse. They released one album in 1969 that sank without a trace. Several years later Rick and Tom were playing in Cheap Trick, a name they kept because it was the one they were using – after a string of others – when they weren’t fired from a club gig. In 1977, Cheap Trick released a self-titled first album, and it, too, rocketed to the bottom…except in Japan, where it went gold. In Color did somewhat better stateside, while over in Japan fan hysteria bordered on Cheap Trickmania. The band’s live show was captured over there in all its glory on April 28, 1978 at Budokan which finally gave the Illinois group a smash album in its native country. The standout track, I Want You To Want Me, originally appeared in studio form on In Color.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Tom Werman

Lyrics Written by:

  • Rick Nielsen