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Van Halen

You Really Got Me

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  • 1978
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  • 1964
  • 1982

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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 in August 1964 as the group’s third single, and reached Number 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 Number 7 there later in the year. It was later included on the Kinks’ debut album, Kinks. “You Really Got Me” was an early hit song built around power chords (perfect 5ths and octaves), and was heavily influential on later rock musicians, particularly in the heavy metal genre. American musicologist Robert Walser wrote that it is, “the track which invented heavy metal” Rolling Stone magazine placed the song... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ You really got me ... Girl, you really got me now ... Girl (Girl), you really got me now

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