Set Me Free (Kinks Song)
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Set Me Free Kinks Song

"Set Me Free"
Set Me Free Kinks cover.jpg
Single by the Kinks
from the album Kinda Kinks (US)
"I Need You"
Released21 May 1965 (UK)
26 May 1965 (US)
Recorded13-14 April 1965 at Pye Studios (No. 1), London
GenreRock, beat
LabelPye 7N 15854 (UK)
Reprise 0379 (US)
Ray Davies
Shel Talmy
The Kinks UK singles chronology
"Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy"
"Set Me Free"
"See My Friends"
The Kinks US singles chronology
"Tired of Waiting for You"
"Set Me Free"
"Who'll Be the Next in Line"

"Set Me Free" is a song by Ray Davies, released first by the Kinks in 1965. Along with "Tired of Waiting for You", it is one of band's first attempts at a softer, more introspective sound. The song's B-side, "I Need You", makes prominent use of powerchords in the style of the Kinks' early, "raunchy" sound. "Set Me Free" was heard in the Ken Loach-directed Up the Junction, a BBC Wednesday Play which aired in November 1965; this marked the first appearance of a Kinks song on a film or TV soundtrack.

"I Need You"

"I Need You" 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.


Chart (1965) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 54
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[2] 2
Canada (CHUM)[3] 30
France (IFOP)[4] 29
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 32
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 12
UK Singles (OCC)[7] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 23
US Cash Box Top 100[9] 24


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  2. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5601." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  3. ^ "CHUM Hit Parade, week of July 12, 1965". 12 July 1968. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "InfoDisc : Les Tubes de chaque Artiste commençant par K" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "Kinks" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ " - The Kinks - Set Me Free". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 - The Kinks" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  7. ^ "Kinks: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "The Kinks Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 7/17/65". Retrieved 2021.

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