Hit Me with Your Best Shot

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"Hit Me with Your Best Shot"
Single by Pat Benatar
from the album Crimes of Passion
B-side "Treat Me Right"
Released September 15, 1980
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded 1980
Genre Hard rock
Length 2:52
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Eddie Schwartz
Producer(s) Keith Olsen
Pat Benatar singles chronology
"You Better Run"
(1980)
"Hit Me with Your Best Shot"
(1980)
"Treat Me Right"
(1981)

"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" is a song written by Canadian singer/songwriter Eddie Schwartz, and recorded by American singer Pat Benatar in 1980. In 1980, it was released as the second single from her sophomore album Crimes of Passion, and reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first top 10 hit. "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" sold one million copies, achieving a gold certification by the RIAA. The song is one of Benatar's most recognizable. It can be heard at many baseball and soccer games, and is featured on many of Benatar's greatest hits compilations.

Structure[edit]

Eddie Schwartz, writer of the song, said that he came up with the title of the song after attending a "pillow punching" therapy session in Toronto, but stated that the title is to be taken metaphorically.[1] The song is in E major and features a general chord progression of I-IV-vi-V, with occasional added chords built on passing and neighboring tones,[2] although Benatar has commented that in hindsight she would have preferred to replace the C# minor (vi) chord with F# minor (ii).[3]

Covers[edit]

My American Heart covered the song and it was used in a commercial for GameTap. Others to cover the song include John Cougar (Mellencamp), Wheatus, Offcutts, Martina McBride, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Chikinki and Delain. The song was sampled by D12 in a song of the same name; it was originally made for Eminem's seventh studio album Recovery, released in 2010, but it did not make the final cut. The song has since leaked on the internet, in early 2011. TV show Glee did a mash up of this song with Blondie's "One Way or Another" in its season 3 episode "Mash Off". Kelly Clarkson covered the song during the Fan Request section of her Stronger Tour in 2012.[4] The Glee Project sang the song as part of a mash-up of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"/"One Way Or Another" in the sixth episode entitled "Fearlessness" in the second season. Catherine Zeta-Jones performs the song during the church scene in the 2012 musical film Rock of Ages. The song was featured in a mash up sequence in the 2012 film Pitch Perfect.

Video games[edit]

  • The song is also referenced in the original Pokémon Red and Blue games, one hiker in the Rock Tunnel section of the game begins the battle with "Hit me with your best shot!", and exclaims "Fired away!" after they are defeated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilhite, Jud (2007). That Crazy Little Thing Called Love: The Soundtrack of Marriage, Sex, and Faith. Standard Publishing. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-7847-1944-2. 
  2. ^ "Benatar Pat "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" Chords". Tablaturas.buanzo.com.ar. 1997-06-30. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Interview with Geoff Reynolds, "Pat Benatar Fires Away on Marriage, Middle Age, and the Future of Rock and Roll," Rocker Quarterly, Vol. IX, No. 4 (Winter 1995-96), p. 47.
  4. ^ "Every Kelly Clarkson cover from her 'Stronger' tour, compiled for your viewing pleasure". Entertainment Weekly. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Inc, Activision. "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Xbox 360: Video Games". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  6. ^ Inc, Activision. "Guitar Hero Smash Hits: Nintendo Wii: Video Games". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  7. ^ Inc, Activision. "Guitar Hero: On Tour: Video Games". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  8. ^ "Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar // Songs // Rock Band®". Rockband.com. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  9. ^ ""Hit Me With Your Best Shot" - Xbox.com". Marketplace.xbox.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 

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