In 1982, Cheap Trick released their sixth studio album titled One on One. The first single from the album was If You Want My Love, which peaked at number 11 on the Rock charts. While the song peaked just outside the top 40 on the Hot 100 charts, peaking at number 45, critics agree that it’s one of Cheap Trick’s best songs that has stood the test of time.
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.” 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.”
Enjoy this look back at Cheap Trick’s music video for If You Want My Love from 1982!