"Hole in the Head" is a song performed by British girl group Sugababes, released on October 13, 2003 as the lead single from their third studio album, Three. It was written by Brian Higgins, Miranda Cooper, Tim Powell, Nick Coler, Niara Scarlett, Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena, and Heidi Range, and co-produced by Higgins and Jeremy Wheatley. The song was met with acclaim from critics and was a commercial success, entering the top 10 in ten other countries. It became their second single to chart on the US charts, peaking at number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the US dance chart. The first Sugababes single to chart in the US was "Round Round", which reached number 7 on the US dance chart.
"Hole in the Head" received general acclaim from music critics. K. Ross Hoffman of Allmusic compared the song to the Sugababes' previous number one single "Freak like Me" and called it "no less enjoyable" than the latter. A writer from NME wrote that "Hole in the Head" showcases the Sugababes' "twin strengths", and applauded their vocal performance in the song.The Guardian's Dorian Lynskey praised Xenomania's production of "Hole in the Head", as well as the song's "sling-yer-hook skank". Peter Robinson of the same publication described the song as an "incendiary" lead single. Alan Braidwood of the BBC regarded the song as "quality pop" in conjunction with several other tracks from the album. Al Fox, also from the BBC, described the song's hook as "instantaneous splendour". Fiona Shepherd of The Scotsman and a writer from Daily Mirror both praised "Hole in the Head" for its catchiness. Nick Southall of Stylus Magazine noted that the Sugababes utilised "irresistible" harmonies in the song. Dan Gennoe of Yahoo! Music called the track "seductive", while Alex Fletcher from Digital Spy noted the song's "spiky attitude". Pat Blashill of Rolling Stone wrote that "Hole in the Head" "clip-clops along like Destiny's Child on diet soda".
"Hole in the Head" gained popular radio and television airplay after its release in the UK and was in close competition with "Turn Me On" by Kevin Lyttle for the number one position on the UK Singles Chart. The song eventually debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart with sales of 58,452 copies, ending the Black Eyed Peas' six-week run at the top with their single "Where Is the Love?". "Hole in the Head" spent thirteen weeks on the chart, and sold 185,000 copies in the UK by April 2010, ranking as their sixth highest-selling single in the country. It was placed 76th on the UK's list of most popular radio songs of the 2000s. "Hole in the Head" debuted and peaked at number two on the Irish Singles Chart, a position it held for two consecutive weeks. It was barred from the pole position by the Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is The Love?".
The song debuted at number nine on the Danish Singles Chart issue dated 24 October 2003. Two weeks later, it peaked at number one, and in turn became the Sugababes' first and to-date only number-one single in Denmark. "Hole in the Head" entered the Dutch Top 40 chart at number 22 and peaked at number two for three non-consecutive weeks. The song spent 12 weeks in the chart's top ten, and was placed 23rd on its 2003 list of best-performing singles. On the Norwegian Singles Chart, "Hole in the Head" debuted at number six and peaked at number two for three non-consecutive weeks. It spent a broken fourteen weeks in the chart's top ten. The song reached number five on the Austrian Singles Chart and became the group's highest-charting single in Austria since "Overload", which peaked at number three in 2001.
The music video for "Hole in the Head" was directed by Matthew Rolston and filmed on various locations in London in September 2003. The video shows the girls wearing heavy make up whlie dressed in gothic-like clothing and accessories and dancing around. They are also shown dating a rock band called Erased with whom they go to a gig with. The girls discover the band getting intimate with other girls during the show. In the end, while the trio is performing in front of the crowd, the girls come out first grabbing the guys and throwing them off the stage and start damaging the instruments. There is an uncensored version of the video, with extra footage in it. Aside from being the original explicit version of the song, there is also a scene where Buchanan gives the middle finger to the camera.