"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 second album Crimes of Passion. It hit #7 in Cash Box, and reached #9 on the BillboardHot 100, becoming her first Top 10 hit. "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" sold well over a million US 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 most of Pat's 'hits' compilations.
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. 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, although Benatar has commented that in hindsight she would have preferred to replace the C# minor (vi) chord with F# minor (ii). The song was released as a single in the USA, and possibly other markets, in a mix with an additional lead guitar track. The song was also one of the songs available to put on a free mail-order customized mix CD with every pizza order as a part of a Pizza Hut promotion for their "New Yorker"-style pizza at the time.
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 It was originally made for Eminem's seventh studio album Recovery, released in 2010, but it did not make the final cut. Since early 2011 though, the song has since leaked on the Internet.
Appearances in other media and popular culture
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.
Able to be sung as a Karaoke challenge by the lead character Wei Shen in Sleeping Dogs
In the reality TV series The Glee Project, contestants sang the song as part of a mashup of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"/"One Way Or Another" in the sixth episode entitled "Fearlessness" in the second season.
The song is featured in a Prestone Antifreeze Coolant commercial in 1999.