Van Halen - You Really Got Me

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"You Really Got Me" is a rock song written by Ray Davies and performed by his band, The Kinks. It was released as the group's third single, in August 1964, and reached Number 1 on the UK singles chart the following month, staying there for two weeks. It was the group's breakthrough hit, and established them as one of the top British Invasion acts in the United States, reaching Number 7 there later in the year. It was later included on the Kinks' debut album, The Kinks.

"You Really Got Me" has been recorded by many artists, with the 1978 version by Van Halen receiving airplay on classic rock radio rivaled only by the original.

"You Really Got Me" was an early hit song built around power chords (parallel 5ths and octaves), and was heavily influential on later rock and roll musicians, particularly in the heavy metal genre. One critic wrote that it is, "the track which invented heavy metal" while critic Denise Sullivan of Allmusic writes, "'You Really Got Me' remains a blueprint song in the hard rock and heavy metal arsenal."


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