Bad Girlfriend

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"Bad Girlfriend"
Single by Theory of a Deadman
from the album Scars & Souvenirs
Released May 14, 2008 (Radio)
December 2009 (Pop radio)[1]
Format CD
Radio single
Digital download
Recorded September 2007 – January 2008
Genre Hard rock, alternative metal
Length 3:25 (Album Version)
3:24 (Pop Mix)
Label Roadrunner/604 Records
Writer(s) Tyler Connolly & Christine Danielle Connolly (lyrics)
Theory of a Deadman (music)
Theory of a Deadman singles chronology
"So Happy"
"Bad Girlfriend"
"All or Nothing"

"Bad Girlfriend" is the second single released by Theory of a Deadman from their album Scars & Souvenirs. It was released to radio and for downloads on May 14, 2008. In the U.S., "Bad Girlfriend" was the most added song on rock radio and grew quickly in plays and downloads, therefore making a debut on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. It debuted at #89 on the Canadian Hot 100, and quickly arose to peak at #1. It is currently their most successful single in the U.S, with "So Happy", the single before it, being their previous most successful, making Scars & Souvenirs their most successful album as well. The song was co-written by Christine Connolly. The song is Theory's second big breakthrough from this album, carrying the band to the top of the Mainstream Rock Charts within 14 weeks. It is also the band's second song to reach the top 20 of the Modern Rock Chart, so far peaking at #8. So far, it been their fourth top 10 hit on the Mainstream Rock Charts. Almost a year and a half after the release of "Bad Girlfriend" to rock radio, it is being released to mainstream radio in December,[2] as Sirius Hits 1 added the song in November 2008.

Song meaning[edit]

The song is about Tyler Connolly's wife, the actress Christine Danielle,[3] who makes him feel very protective of her because she is attractive and always has other guys hitting on her, as the band stated in an interview with Fuse.

Music video[edit]

The uncensored version of the music video was released on July 18, 2008. A censored version of the video came out later in early August. This video reached #21 on the MuchMusic Countdown. The video shows a girl leaving for work, presumably at a hospital, leaving her boyfriend a note about how she's working the late shift. The band sings a song at a strip club, and are shown watching the strippers on stage. They're surprised when one of their girlfriends comes out, stripping and inviting him on stage.


"Bad Girlfriend" entered the Mainstream Rock Tracks at #30 on the week of June 14, 2008, previously being the most added song on that chart, and later debuted on the Modern Rock Tracks. On the week of September 27, 2008, "Bad Girlfriend" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #98, and dropped off the next week. A week after, it re-entered at #90, and has since climbed to #75. Since the song was later released to pop radio, "Bad Girlfriend" re-entered once again at #100 on the week of December 13, 2008, and has so far climbed to #89.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008–2009) Peak
Canadian Hot 100 42
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 75
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 58
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 6


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Preceded by
"Devour" by Shinedown
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single (first run)
September 13, 2008
Succeeded by
"The Day That Never Comes" by Metallica
Preceded by
"The Day That Never Comes" by Metallica
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single (second run)
October 4, 2008