Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’ Urgent Performance of ‘I Need To Know’

“I Need to Know” is a rock song by American musician Tom Petty. It was released as a single in 1978 and appeared on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ second studio album, “You’re Gonna Get It!”

“I Need to Know” is characterized by its driving rhythm, catchy guitar riffs, and Tom Petty’s distinctive vocal style. The lyrics of the song convey a sense of urgency and longing as the singer pleads for information about the status of a romantic relationship. The chorus features the repeated refrain, “I need to know, I need to know if you think you’re gonna leave / Then you better say so.”

The song was a moderate chart success, reaching the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It helped solidify Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ presence in the rock music scene and showcased their ability to create straightforward, guitar-driven rock songs with memorable hooks.

“I Need to Know” remains a fan favorite and is often included in Tom Petty’s live performances. Its infectious melody and relatable lyrics make it a classic of Petty’s early work and a staple of classic rock radio playlists.

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