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Updated by Daniel Robison on Dec 29, 2021
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Robin Zander from Cheap Trick is 67

Here's a list of 7 awesome Cheap Trick songs to celebrate Robin Zander's birthday!! (Info about songs taken from Wikipedia and

7 - Cheap Trick - Heaven Tonight - 12/8/1978 - Capitol Theatre (Official)

Before "Gonna Raise Hell," there was "Heaven Tonight," which remains Cheap Trick’s creepiest moment. The minor-key song replicates the feeling of a disorienting (and seemingly interminable) drug trip: Psychedelic-tinged harpsichord, choppy riffs and the whispering vocal refrain “Would you like to go to heaven tonight?” ooze dread.

6 - Cheap Trick - Gonna Raise Hell

Like Alice Cooper having a go with David Bowie – seriously, that slinky tempo is very Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) – "Gonna Raise Hell" reinforced Cheap Trick’s desire for reinvention. Over nine minutes long, the song lurches forward like a proto-goth trudge before hysterical orchestras and ominous drums add even more abject terror.

5 - Cheap Trick - She's Tight

"She's Tight" is a song by the American rock band Cheap Trick, released in 1982 as the third single from their studio album One on One. It was written by guitarist Rick Nielsen and produced by Roy Thomas Baker. It reached No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

4 - Cheap Trick - Elo Kiddies (from Budokan!)

A continued staple of Cheap Trick’s concerts, "ELO Kiddies" has lost none of its attitude over the years. The first song on side two of Cheap Trick’s debut LP is a formidable achievement: Carlos’ whack-a-mole-force drums and glampunk-tinged guitars drive Zander’s increasingly sneering vocals, which urges the "kiddies" in the title into action.

3 - Cheap Trick - Dream Police

"Dream Police," which lands at No. 3 on our list of the Top 10 Cheap Trick Songs, is a study in contrasts. At its heart, the song is a pillar of power-pop, what with its handclaps, a surging chorus and riffs, and pinpoint harmonies. Still, the No. 26 Billboard hit is deceptively simple: "Dream Police" also boasts disorienting swirls of menacing orchestras and lyrical paranoia about inescapable nightmares — and daytime terrors, too: "The dream police, they live inside of my head."

2 - Cheap Trick - Surrender (Live from Budokan!)

We've previously described "Surrender" as “a rousing singalong anthem that doubles as a tongue-in-cheek examination of the culture clash between the World War II generation and their hairy, reefer-smoking kids.” To that, we’d add simply that "Surrender" is the type of song that makes us want to go speeding down the freeway at 95 mph with the windows down – and the music all the way up.

1 - Cheap Trick - I Want You to Want Me (from Budokan!) [Official Video]

Rick Nielsen expertly turns idol worship on its head in the hit live version: In fact, dig a little deeper, and you’ll realize the sweet nothings crooned by the song’s protagonist stem from narcissism, not benevolence. Of course, such thematic brilliance pales in comparison to Carlos’ lively drumming and Zander’s impeccably seductive vocals.