I Need to Know (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song)

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"I Need to Know"
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Single by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
from the album You're Gonna Get It!
B-side"No Second Thoughts"
ReleasedJune 1978
RecordedShelter Studios, Hollywood, late 1977
GenreHard rock, power pop[1]
Songwriter(s)Tom Petty
Producer(s)Denny Cordell, Noah Shark, Tom Petty
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers singles chronology
"I Need to Know"
"Listen to Her Heart"

"I Need to Know" is a song written by Tom Petty and recorded by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was released in 1978 as the first single from their second album You're Gonna Get It!. It peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1978.[2] This song as well as "Listen to Her Heart" was already being played live in concert as early as June 14, 1977, as is evidenced in a performance on Germany's music television show, "Rockpalast".[3]

Other versions[edit]

Stevie Nicks (of Fleetwood Mac) has been performing "I Need to Know" live in her solo concerts since 1981. Nicks also performed this song with Tom Petty together on Petty's 30th anniversary concert, (which was filmed and released on DVD as Runnin' Down a Dream).

In 1981 the Swedish band Gyllene Tider recorded a version of the song with Swedish lyrics, written by singer Per Gessle (the male half of Roxette), named "Vill ha ett svar!"

Poison recorded a cover of the song for their 2007 album Poison'd!.

Hour of the Wolf recorded a cover for their 2012 greatest hits album, Decompositions Vol. II.

Following Tom Petty's death on October 2, 2017, Local H have been playing the song in concert.[4]

All appearances[edit]


Chart (1978) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles 46
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 41
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[6] 53

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=tom%20petty%20and%20the%20heartbreakers
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn, Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles: 1955-2010, Record Research, 2011.
  3. ^ "Tom Petty Live In Rockpalast 1977—在线播放—优酷网,视频高清在线观看". V.youku.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  4. ^ https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/local-h/2017/first-avenue-minneapolis-mn-be38df6.html
  5. ^ Reilly, Jim (2010-08-20). "Rock Band 3 Set List Revealed - IGN". Ps3.ign.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  6. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 5, 1978

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