Ain't Love a Bitch

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"Ain't Love a Bitch"
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Blondes Have More Fun
B-side "Last Summer" (US)
"Scarred and Scared" (UK)
Released 1979
Format 7" single
Genre sunshine pop
Length 4:39
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Gary Grainger, Rod Stewart
Producer(s) Tom Dowd
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
"Ain't Love a Bitch"
"Blondes (Have More Fun)"
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
"Ain't Love a Bitch"
"Blondes (Have More Fun)"

"Ain't Love a Bitch" is a song written by Gary Grainger and Rod Stewart. Stewart released it on his 1978 album Blondes Have More Fun, and it was one of four songs on the album co-written by Stewart and Grainger.[1] The song was released as a single in 1979, reaching #11 on the UK charts, and #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.[2][3][4][5] It spent 8 weeks on the UK charts and 6 weeks on the US charts.[3][6] The song also reached the Top Ten in several countries, including Ireland.[7] Billboard magazine placed Stewart #7 on its list of the Top Single Artists of 1979 on the strength of "Ain't Love a Bitch" and its predecessor, "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?".[8]

Rolling Stone Magazine critic Janet Maslin excoriated the song as being "unexpectedly sensitive, with a soft, strum-along melody and a bunch of namby-pamby characters doo-doo-doing a background chorus while Stewart croons about old girlfriends."[9] She further criticizes the song for taking material that could have been tough and making it sound "like the 1400th cover version of 'I Left My Heart in San Francisco.'"[9] CD Review commented on the references within "Ain't Love a Bitch" to Stewart's earlier song "Maggie May", describing the music as "bouncy".[10] High Fidelity objected to the lyrics blaming women for love's problems.[11] The Albany Herald also noted that the song is autobiographical, and incorporates elements from Stewart's "musical and personal past."[12] Stereo Review described the song as a "repellent frat-house love song".[13] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described the song as being in the same mold as "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?".[14] Author Barry Alan Farber described the line "Ain't we all a little juvenile" as encapsulating the way people retain pieces of their adolescence into adulthood.[15]

Stewart performed the song on Dave Allen's Dave Allen at Large.[16] A video of the song was included on the DVD included in the deluxe editions of the compilation album Some Guys Have All the Luck / The Definitive Rod Stewart.[17]


  1. ^ Ewbank, T.; Hildred, S. (2005). Rod Stewart: The New Biography. Citadel Press. pp. 174–175. ISBN 978-0-8065-2644-7. 
  2. ^ Lazell, B. (1989). Rock Movers and Shakers. Billboard Publications. p. 286. ISBN 978-0-8230-7608-6. 
  3. ^ a b "The Official Charts - Rod Stewart". The Official Charts. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Hits of the World". Billboard Magazine. 3 March 1979. 
  5. ^ "Blondes Have More Fun Billboard singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, J. (1985). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. Billboard Publications. p. 305. ISBN 978-0-8230-7518-8. 
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts - All There Is To Know". Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  8. ^ "Top Single Artists of 1979". 22 December 1979. 
  9. ^ a b Maslin, J. (8 February 1979). "Blondes Have More Fun". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  10. ^ "Ain't Love a Bitch". 8 (1-6). CD Review. 1991. p. xliii. 
  11. ^ "Ain't Love a Bitch". 29 (1-6). High Fidelity. 1979. p. 294. 
  12. ^ United Press International (31 January 1979). "Rockers Modify Attitude Towards Disco". The Albany Herald. p. 11. 
  13. ^ "Ain't Love a Bitch". 42. Stereo Review. 1979. p. 130. 
  14. ^ Erlewine, S.T. "Blondes Have More Fun". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  15. ^ Farber, B.A. (2007). Rock 'n' roll wisdom: what psychologically astute lyrics teach about life. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 110. ISBN 978-0-275-99164-7. 
  16. ^ "TV Guide". 28. 1980. p. 26. 
  17. ^ "The Definitive Rod Stewart". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 

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