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"I Know What I Want" (1979)

When you've got vocalist as gifted and versatile as Robin Zander fronting your band, it seems foolhardy to have him sit out for a song and have the bass player sing. That, however, is exactly what Cheap Trick chose to do on "I Know What I Want," a track from 1979's Dream Police. The move was counterintuitive but also inspired; Tom Petersson's nasal monotone is precisely what allows the chugging verse and crashing power-chord chorus to transcend what would otherwise read as brutish hard rock. Instead, the song exudes a Velvet Underground–like cool — so much so that Trick often slip in and out of a verse of the VU's "I'm Waiting for the Man" during live performances of this number.