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For the phrase "dammit!" see Damnation.
Single by Blink-182
from the album Dude Ranch
Released September 23, 1997
Format CD
Recorded December 1996–January 1997
Big Fish Studios
(Encinitas, California)[1]
Length 2:45
Producer(s) Mark Trombino
Blink-182 singles chronology
"Wasting Time"
"Apple Shampoo"

"Dammit (Growing Up)" (often shortened to "Dammit") is a song by American rock band Blink-182, released on September 23, 1997 as the lead single from the group's second studio album, Dude Ranch (1997). Written by bassist Mark Hoppus, the song concerns maturity and growing older. It was written about a fictional breakup and the difficulty of seeing a former partner with another.

The song became the band's first hit single, reaching number 11 on Billboard‍‍ '​‍s Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, and receiving heavy airplay on several key US stations in 1998. The song's music video was shot by directors Darren Doane and Ken Daurio, previous collaborators with the group, and depicts the trio attending a "sneak preview" at a cinema where Hoppus attempts to win his ex-girlfriend back. "Dammit" was later featured on the band's Greatest Hits (with a drumroll added), and it has been covered by a number of artists.


The song was composed by bassist Mark Hoppus, seen here in 1994.

Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus wrote the song in a short span of time concerning a fictional breakup with a girlfriend.[2][4] Hoppus described a scenario, detailed in the lyrics, where former lovers meet in public and one is with someone new. "It really hurts when you aren't the person feeling the love, but you have to act like it's cool to save face," he said in 1998.[2] He felt the song's creation, which was spontaneous, worked to its favor: "If you work on a song for weeks and weeks, you're forcing it."[2] The signature guitar line for "Dammit" was created on an acoustic guitar that was missing two strings.[5]

The song was recorded between December 1996–January 1997 at Big Fish Studios in Encinitas, California.[1] The song was written just outside of Hoppus' vocal range, requiring him to strain to sing it (the song has a noticeably rougher and scratchier vocal track than the rest of the album).[5] Hoppus was having vocal problems during the recording of the album regardless, due to lack of vocal warm-ups and constant smoking. These factors, combined with the stress of recording "Dammit", led Hoppus to strain his vocal cords significantly, forcing the band to cancel the final week of recording the album in December 1996.[5][6] "I actually like my voice a lot on 'Dammit'. It sounds really raw and cool," said Hoppus in 2001. "But it's not a technique I would recommend for getting a good vocal sound. You know, smoking, yelling, all that."[7]

"Dammit" is set in the time signature of common time, with a fast tempo of 215 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of C major with Hoppus's vocals spanning the tonal nodes of C5 to G5.[8] The song follows a common chord progression sequence of I–V–vi–IV.[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

On the Warped Tour in Australia in January 1998, Blink-182 walked out on stage and started playing to 10,000 people and this was when I realized they had made it. When Tom started the first notes to "Dammit," all 10,000 kids screamed and threw their hands in the air. I was sitting behind Tom's amps. I got goosebumps, and Tom turned to look at me and mouthed 'What the fuck?'

Liza Bermingham, the band's assistant manager at the time[10]

"Dammit" received heavy radio airplay, earning heavy airplay at many key radio stations, and became the band's first hit single.[5] MCA Records' retail plan for the single involved releasing it after the band's stint on the 1997 Vans Warped Tour in order to secure a story to help promote it to radio.[11] The label first began to promote "Dammit" in August 1997 and several stations in Southern California were quick to begin playing the song, finding it to be a good match alongside Green Day and The Offspring radio hits.[11] Stations such as KOME in San Jose were among the first to play the song.[11] The song broke through to rock radio when it was added to the playlist of Los Angeles-based KROQ.[7] Mainstream rock radio received "Dammit" in November, and MTV picked up the "Dammit" video, where it began receiving heavy rotation in December.[11] This led to feature stories in magazines such as Billboard and Rolling Stone.[11][12]

The song peaked at number 11 on Billboard‍‍ '​‍s Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, spending 28 weeks on the chart.[13] It also spent nine weeks on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, peaking at number 26.[14] Lastly, it charted on the airplay chart of the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, staying for nine weeks and hitting number 61.[15] Billboard Airplay Monitor Report (BDS) figures reported that the record had received over 1,000 spins on KROQ, placing it as the second-most played track of 1998.[16][17] It ranked third in terms of total airplay on Seattle's KNDD and New York's WXRK, attaining 900 plays on both respective stations.[16] "Dammit" was among the top three most-played songs on San Francisco's KITS, Boston's WBCN, Detroit's CIMX and Sacramento's KWOD for the year.[16] KEDJ of Phoenix played "Dammit" over 1,400 times over the course of the year.[18] The song was called a modern rock "radio staple" by the Los Angeles Times.[17] The song's success was largely responsible for pushing Dude Ranch to receive a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for selling 500,000 copies.[4] The song spent six weeks on RPM‍‍ '​‍s Alternative 30 in Canada between April and May 1998,[19] peaking at number 15.[20] In addition, to its success in North America, the song peaked at number 34 on the ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart in Australia, where it spent sixteen weeks on the chart between December 1997 and April 1998.[21]

The song's success stunned the group. Guitarist Tom DeLonge, who noted that many of the band's songs were based on real events, found it unusual that a song that was not directly autobiographical wound up connecting best with the wide audience.[22] Later, he recalled, "[When 'Dammit' took off], we were freaking. We couldn't believe what was happening to us."[4] Meanwhile, Hoppus, as a result of the single's success, began introducing himself to people as "that guy that wrote, 'duh nuh nuh nuh nuh duh nuh nuh nuh nuh, he fucked her.'"[7]


In 1998, Chris Nelson of MTV News wrote, ""Dammit"'s staccato rhythm and melancholy pop-spirit call to mind Chicago punks Screeching Weasel as much as they do the emotional fretting of the Descendents."[22] Scott Heisel of Alternative Press called "Dammit" the "perfect punk song, everyone knows it, and it's probably being covered in someone's basement right now."[3] Consequence of Sound, in a 2015 top 10 of Blink-182's best songs, ranked "Dammit" at number one, commenting, "The best songwriters don't capture what you're going through individually in your life – they capture the things that are common to all humanity, and there's something about "Dammit"'s chorus, something about its opening C, D, E riff that sounds universal."[23] Complex in 2012 examined the song through the lens of its inclusion in Can't Hardly Wait (1998), calling it, "one of the most iconic songs of the 90s – those three, unmistakable guitar chords, the two voices trading in verse (one sneering punk, the other, a throaty few octaves lower), and a soaring punk chorus."[24] At Billboard, it is described as a "jump-around pop punk song".[2]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was featured in the 1998 teen film Can't Hardly Wait, during a scene in which the police break up a house party.[24] The song was also included in the music video game Guitar Hero World Tour, along with an in-game representation of Travis Barker, who becomes available to play upon completing the song in the drum career.[25]

"Dammit" has been covered by a number of artists, including All Time Low,[26] Cloud Control,[27] Lisa Prank,[28] FIDLAR,[29] Good Charlotte,[30] Of Mice & Men and Pierce the Veil,[31] and Best Coast.[32]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Dammit" stars Hoppus attempting to take his ex-girlfriend away from her new lover at a cinema. Band manager Rick DeVoe has a cameo appearance in the clip as a snack bar attendant.[33] The music video for "Dammit" was directed by Darren Doane and Ken Daurio, who also directed the band's first clip for "M+M's" in 1995.[33] Doane allowed the musicians to improvise during the shoot. Hoppus and guitarist Tom DeLonge were so taken with the way DeVoe portrayed his character they requested Doane work his character into more screen time.[34] Near the end of the bridge, during intercut performance footage of the group, DeLonge mouths to Hoppus a visible "I love you."[35] A poster for the film Farinelli (1994) is visible behind the concession counter.[36]

In 2011, Hoppus auctioned off band memorabilia to help donate to victims of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, one of which was his orange sweater he wore in the "Dammit" video.[37]

Format and track listing[edit]

US CD (1997)
  1. "Dammit (Growing Up)" (Radio Edit) – 2:46
  2. "Dammit (Growing Up)" – 2:46
Australian CD (1997)
  1. "Dammit (Growing Up)" (Radio Edit) – 2:46
  2. "Dammit (Growing Up)" – 2:46
  3. "Zulu" – 2:07

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Dude Ranch.[1]


Chart positions[edit]


  1. ^ Billboard called "Dammit" a "jump-around pop punk song,"[2] while Alternative Press dubbed it the "perfect punk song."[3]



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  2. ^ a b c d e Bell, Carrie (February 21, 1998). "The Modern Age". Billboard. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Scott Heisel, Matt Crane, Nick Major, & Philip Obenschain (August 22, 2014). "And the best Blink-182 album of all time is…". Alternative Press. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Brian Wallace (June 21, 1999). "Blink-182 Clean Up Their Act on New LP". MTV News. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d Hoppus 2001, p. 70.
  6. ^ Shooman 2010, p. 43.
  7. ^ a b c Hoppus 2001, p. 74.
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  9. ^ Bennett, Dan (2008). The Total Rock Bassist, p. 63. ISBN 978-0739052693
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  16. ^ a b c Shooman 2010, p. 60.
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  18. ^ Shooman 2010, p. 61.
  19. ^ "RPM Alternative 30 Chart - Rock/Alternative - Volume 67, No. 9, May 25 1998" (PDF). RPM archives. Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada. May 25, 1998. OCLC 352936026. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "RPM Alternative 30 Chart - Rock/Alternative - Volume 67, No. 6, May 04 1998" (PDF). RPM archives. Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada. May 4, 1998. OCLC 352936026. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
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  25. ^ Stephen Totilo (September 22, 2008). "'Guitar Hero' Musician Travis Barker Criticially Injured In Tragic Plane Crash". MTV News. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Foo Fighters play their 'last show for a long time' as they close Reading Festival 2012 Foo Fighters". NME. August 26, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  27. ^ Robert White (May 2, 2014). "Watch Cloud Control's Milk Crate Cover of Blink 182's 'Dammit'". Crave Online. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  28. ^ Ali Koehler (March 13, 2015). "Lisa Prank plays a classic.". The Media. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  29. ^ David Renshaw (January 17, 2015). "Fidlar cover Sheryl Crow's 'If It Makes You Happy'". NME. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  30. ^ Robert White (July 27, 2010). "Good Charlotte cover Blink-182's "Dammit"". Alternative Press. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  31. ^ Tyler Common (March 1, 2013). "Watch members of All Time Low, Of Mice & Men and Pierce The Veil cover Blink-182's "Dammit"". Alternative Press. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  32. ^ Tom Breihan (May 3, 2011). "Video: Best Coast and Spectrals Cover Blink-182". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  33. ^ a b Shooman 2010, p. 45.
  34. ^ Hoppus 2001, p. 75.
  35. ^ Hoppus 2001, p. 82.
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  37. ^ Gil Kaufman (March 14, 2011). "Blink-182 Auction Off Rare Collectibles For Japan". MTV News. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  38. ^ "The Year in Music – 1998". Billboard 110 (52). December 26, 1998. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 


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