I Need You (The Kinks Song)
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I Need You the Kinks Song
"I Need You"
Single by the Kinks
from the album Kinkdom
"Set Me Free"
Released21 May 1965 (UK)
26 May 1965 (US)
GenreHard rock
LabelPye 7N 15854 (UK)
Reprise 0379 (US)
Ray Davies
The Kinks singles chronology
"Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy"
"Set Me Free" / "I Need You"
"See My Friends"

"I Need You" is a song by British rock band the Kinks. It was released as a B-Side to "Set Me Free". The song, along with "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night", has been cited as one of the influences which shifted the focus from rock 'n' roll to hard-hitting rock music. Never a part of the Kinks live act, it has since been revived live by both Davies brothers solo in the 21st Century. [1] A phrase in the song is echoed in one in the Beatles' "Mean Mr. Mustard" track on the 1969 album Abbey Road.


  1. ^ Harrington, Joe S. Sonic Cool: The Life & Death of Rock 'n' Roll (2002), p. 165

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