"You Really Got Me" is a song written by Ray Davies and performed by The Kinks. It was released on 4 August 1964 as the group's third single, and reached No. 1 on the UK singles chart the next month, remaining for two weeks. It was the group's breakthrough hit; it established them as one of the top British Invasion acts in the United States, reaching No. 7 there later in the year. It was later included on the Kinks' debut album, Kinks.
US hard rock band Van Halen recorded "You Really Got Me" for their 1978 debut album, Van Halen. It was a popular radio hit which helped jump-start the band's career, as it had done for The Kinks 14 years earlier.
The Kinks' Dave Davies has gone on record as having a personal dislike of Van Halen's cover of the song and believes "They (Van Halen) would be penniless without The Kinks". He also told of how Kinks fans have approached him and congratulated him on performing a "great cover of the Van Halen song", and how Van Halen fans have approached him to accuse him of "ripping off Van Halen". Ray Davies, on the other hand, liked it.
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