My Own Worst Enemy (song)

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"My Own Worst Enemy"
A young blonde woman wearing a short gold dress does a pose with a blue background and a three piece circle behind her.
Single by Lit
from the album A Place in the Sun
B-side "Bitter"
Released March 2, 1999 (1999-03-02)
Format CD, 7"
Recorded 1998
Genre
Length 2:49
Label RCA
Writer(s)
  • A. Jay Popoff[1]
  • Jeremy Popoff[1]
Producer(s) Don Gilmore, Lit
Lit singles chronology
"Bitter"
(1997)
"My Own Worst Enemy"
(1999)
"Zip-Lock"
(1999)

"My Own Worst Enemy" is a song by the American alternative rock band Lit. It was released in March 1999 as the lead single from their second album, A Place in the Sun, released in 1999. The song spent eleven weeks at number 1 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart and went on to become a staple in the band's live set. In addition, the song also crossed over to mainstream rock radio, hitting number 6 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. In 2014, the American post-hardcore band Get Scared covered the song on the album Punk Goes 90s Vol. 2.

Critical reception[edit]

James Oldham at NME described "My Own Worst Enemy" as "Totally loathsome, poisonous stuff, but quite addictive."[2] The song was late included on "The Essential Pop Punk Playlist" by NME.[3] It has also been featured on Fuse's "14 Best Pop-Punk One-Hit Wonders", who has called the song "self-deprecating and catchy".[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video features the band as well as some scenes of a bowling tournament. It was directed by Gavin Bowden and released in June 1999.

Track listing[edit]

  • Europe CD single[5]
  1. "My Own Worst Enemy" – 2:58
  2. "Bitter" – 3:30
  • Europe CD maxi-single[1]
  1. "My Own Worst Enemy" – 2:58
  2. "Money" – 2:58
  3. "Lovely Day" – 4:06
  • UK 7" Vinyl[6]

A-side

  1. "My Own Worst Enemy" – 2:58

B-side

  1. "Bitter" – 3:30

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in the 2012 movie American Reunion, although it is not featured on the original soundtrack of the movie, the video game Rock Band 2 and in the TV show Parks and Recreation which featured some of the characters playing the song on Rock Band 2.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Canada Rock (RPM) 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 56
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 16
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 51
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[9] 31
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[10] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[11] 30
Preceded by
"Every Morning" by Sugar Ray
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
April 10 – June 19, 1999
Succeeded by
"Scar Tissue" by Red Hot Chili Peppers

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lit - My Own Worst Enemy (CD Maxi-single)". Discogs. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "NME Reviews - Lit : My own worst enemy - NME.COM". NME. September 12, 2005. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Essential Pop Punk Playlist - NME.COM". NME. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ "14 Best Pop-Punk One-Hit Wonders". Fuse. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Lit - My Own Worst Enemy (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lit - My Own Worst Enemy (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Lit – My Own Worst Enemy" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  8. ^ "Lit Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Lit. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  9. ^ "Lit Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Lit. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  10. ^ "Lit Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for Lit. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  11. ^ "Lit Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Lit. Retrieved November 11, 2013.

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