“Need You Tonight” is a song by the Australian rock band INXS, written by keyboardist Andrew Farriss and lead singer Michael Hutchence. It was released on September 21, 1987 as the lead single from their sixth album “Kick.” The song is one of INXS’s most well-known and iconic tracks and is celebrated for its catchy and sensual sound.
“Need You Tonight” is characterized by its distinctive guitar riff, funky bassline, and the sultry vocals of INXS’s lead singer, Michael Hutchence. The song seamlessly blends rock, funk, and dance elements, and it is a testament to the band’s ability to craft a memorable and infectious groove. The lyrics of “Need You Tonight” convey themes of desire and longing. The song’s narrator expresses a yearning to be with someone and captures a sense of immediacy and sensuality. The chorus, with its catchy delivery, adds to the song’s seductive and rhythmic appeal.
The music video was directed by Australian filmmaker Richard Lowenstein. It won five MTV Video Music Awards including 1988 Video of The Year.
“Need You Tonight” was a commercial success for INXS and is considered one of their signature hits. It reached high positions on music charts, including #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The song’s memorable sound and sensual groove contributed to its popularity and enduring status as a classic of the 1980s and of INXS’s career.