If You Want My Love

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"If You Want My Love"
Single by Cheap Trick
from the album One on One
B-side "Four Letter Word"
Released May 1982[1]
Format 7" Single, 12" single, CD single
Genre Rock
Length 3:35
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Rick Nielsen
Producer(s) Roy Thomas Baker
Cheap Trick singles chronology
"Reach Out"
"If You Want My Love"
"I Want You"

"Reach Out"
"If You Want My Love"
"I Want You"

"If You Want My Love" is a song by the American rock band Cheap Trick, released in 1982 as the first single from their sixth studio album One on One. It was written by guitarist Rick Nielsen and produced by Roy Thomas Baker.[1] It reached No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart,[2] and No. 2 in Australia.[3]

The song was the first single release from the band to feature new bassist Jon Brant.[4] A music video was filmed to promote the single, which received regular airing on MTV.[5][6] The single's B-side, "Four Letter Word", was featured as the closing track on One on One, and was written by Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander.[7]

A live version of "If You Want My Love" was performed at the band's 25th anniversary concert in Rockford, Illinois during 1999. The performance saw Brant rejoining Cheap Trick on stage to play bass on the track, along with "She's Tight". The concert was later released in 2001 as Silver. Speaking of the song in an interview featured on the Silver DVD, bassist Tom Petersson stated that it was "the best Beatle song we ever recorded". He, however, was referring to Cheap Trick as a band, as he had not been with the group at the time the track was originally recorded.[8]

The song is used in the films Joe Dirt and Super.[9][10]

Critical reception[edit]

Critic Robert Christgau described the song as "the most eloquently eclectic Beatle tribute ever recorded".[11] Christopher Connelly of Rolling Stone noted it was "easily Cheap Trick's best slow song since 'Take Me I'm Yours' and a stunning example of what this band can do when it forgets about being commercial in these days when heavy metal rules the world."[12] Connelly also commented on the song's "smashing guitar attack" and noted the similarity of the song's middle eight to that of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."[12]

In a review of the 1996 box set Sex, America, Cheap Trick, Billboard commented: "Cheap Trick never ceased producing the occasional Beatlesque gem, such as "If You Want My Love"..."[13] In the 2007 book Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide, a section on Cheap Trick featured reviews on the top 20 stand-out tracks from the band. "If You Want My Love" was included, with the author John M. Borack writing: "Best ballad of the '80s anyone? For sheer Lennon-meets-McCartney-head-on splendor, it's damned hard to top. One of Zander's finest leads ever, punctuated by his oh-so-Paulie 'woooos'."[14]

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. "If You Want My Love" - 3:35
  2. "Four Letter Word" - 3:39
7" single (Dutch edition)
  1. "If You Want My Love" - 3:06
  2. "Four Letter Word" - 3:41
7" single (Spanish promo)
  1. "If You Want My Love" - 3:35
  2. "Four Letter Word" - 3:37

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[15] 26
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[16] 57
US Billboard Hot 100 Chart[2] 45
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart[17] 11


Cheap Trick
Additional personnel
  • Roy Thomas Baker - producer
  • Ian Taylor – engineer
  • Paul Klingberg – assistant
  • George Marino – mastering
  • David Michael Kennedy – photographer


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  2. ^ a b "Cheap Trick Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Billboard - Google Books". Books.google.co.uk. 1982-10-16. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  4. ^ "The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal - Daniel Bukszpan - Google Books". Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  5. ^ "Still Competition: The Listener's Guide to Cheap Trick - Robert Lawson - Google Books". Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  6. ^ "Silver - Cheap Trick | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2015-03-24. 
  7. ^ "Cheap Trick - One On One at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  8. ^ "Cheap Trick - Silver at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  9. ^ AllMusic Review by Whitney Z. Gomes (2001-03-06). "Joe Dirt - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  10. ^ Tyler Bates. "Various Artists - Super - Amazon.com Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  11. ^ Christgau, R. "Robert Christgau Cheap Trick". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2011-09-04. 
  12. ^ a b Connelly, C. (July 8, 1992). "One on One". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  13. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 85. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2015-03-24. 
  14. ^ Borack, J.M. (2007). Shake Some Action - The Ultimate Guide To Power Pop. Not Lame Recording Co. p. 42. ISBN 9780979771408. Retrieved 2015-03-24. 
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Cheap Trick" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  16. ^ "CHEAP TRICK | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  17. ^ "Cheap Trick Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 

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