Hate to Say I Told You So

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"Hate to Say I Told You So"
Single by The Hives
from the album Veni Vidi Vicious
Released 4 December 2000 (re-released on 11 February 2002)
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Garage punk[1]
Length 3:22
Label Burning Heart Records, Gearhead Records, Stereodrive! Records
Writer(s) Randy Fitzsimmons
Producer(s) Pelle Gunderfelt
The Hives singles chronology
"Hate to Say I Told You So"
"Main Offender"
Music video
"Hate To Say I Told You So" on YouTube

"Hate to Say I Told You So" is the first single from Swedish rock band The Hives' second studio album Veni Vidi Vicious. First released on 4 December 2000, it was re-released on 11 February 2002 as the opening track on the compilation Your New Favourite Band. It is internationally known as the Hives' signature song.

It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single in 2002. In March 2005, Q magazine placed it at number 54 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. The chord structure bears a strong similarity to The Kinks' "All Day and All of the Night". It also lists at 244 on Pitchfork Media's Top 500 songs of the 2000s (decade). In October 2011, NME placed it at number 84 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[2]

"Hate to Say I Told You So" has also been featured on Spider-Man soundtrack, the tv show Nitro Circus; the video games Rolling and the SingStar series; the 2014 film Boyhood; and the trailer for the animated film Home.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Hate to Say I Told You So" has a 1960s psychedelic effect to it. It features the band performing the song in front of a beige screen. Mirroring, fading, and other effects were added.[3]


Chart (2001–2002) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 36
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 85
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 23
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 86
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[7] 35
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[7] 6

Track listing[edit]

CD single #1[edit]

  1. "Hate to Say I Told You So"
  2. "Die, All Right!"
  3. "The Hives Are Law, You Are Crime"

CD single #2[edit]

  1. "Hate to Say I Told You So"
  2. "Uptempo Venomous Poison"
  3. "Gninrom Ytic Kcorknup"

CD single #3[edit]

  1. "Hate to Say I Told You So"
  2. "Fever"
  3. "Barely Homosapien"