Hit Me with Your Best Shot

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"Hit Me with Your Best Shot"
Single by Pat Benatar
from the album Crimes of Passion
B-side "Prisoner of Love"
Released September 15, 1980
Format Vinyl record (7")
Genre Arena rock, pop rock, power pop
Length 2:51
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Eddie Schwartz
Producer(s) Keith Olsen
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Pat Benatar singles chronology
"You Better Run"
"Hit Me with Your Best Shot"
"Treat Me Right"

"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Eddie Schwartz (often credited as just "E. Schwartz") that's best known for its version by American rock singer Pat Benatar. In 1980, it was released as the second single from her second album Crimes of Passion. It hit No. 7 in Cash Box, and reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first Top 10 hit.

"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" sold well over a million copies in the U.S., achieving a gold certification by the RIAA. The song is one of Benatar's most recognizable tracks. Heard at many baseball and soccer games, the song has been featured on many compilation albums, including both multi-artist works as well as those just focusing on Benatar (such as 10 Great Songs and Greatest Hits).


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.[1] 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,[2] although Benatar has commented that in hindsight she would have preferred to replace the C# minor (vi) chord with F# minor (ii).[3] 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.

Chart performance[edit]


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 It was originally made for Eminem's seventh studio album Recovery, released in 2010, but it did not make the final cut.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[edit]

Video games[edit]

TV commercials and reality TV programs[edit]

  • American band My American Heart covered the song for a commercial for the French online video game service GameTap.
  • 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.
  • The song is covered by the character Erica in the TV series "The Goldbergs".



TV shows[edit]

  • The song appeared on an episode Regular Show.
  • The song appeared on an episode of Supergirl.
  • The song appeared in the 1983 pilot episode of Kids Incorporated. The song later appeared in Kids Incorporated in 1984 during the Season 1 episode "Basketball Blues".

Alternate song versions and covers[edit]

Other artists who have performed the song live include singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson, who's version of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" received praise by Time.[14]

Aberdonian Singing Sensation Karen Sinclair performed a cover of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" to qualify for the Globe Inn 2015 'Can you Front a Rock Band' competition, with local rock band FUBAR.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wilhite, Jud (2007). That Crazy Little Thing Called Love: The Soundtrack of Marriage, Sex, and Faith. Standard Publishing. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-7847-1944-2. 
  2. ^ "Benatar Pat "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" Chords". Tablaturas.buanzo.com.ar. 1997-06-30. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Interview with Geoff Reynolds, "Pat Benatar Fires Away on Marriage, Middle Age, and the Future of Rock and Roll," Rocker Quarterly, Vol. IX, No. 4 (Winter 1995-96), p. 47.
  4. ^ http://www.aria.com.au/pages/aria-charts-end-of-year-charts-top-50-singles-1988.htm
  5. ^ http://www.oldiesloon.com/il/wls011781.htm
  6. ^ http://www.musicoutfitters.com/topsongs/1981.htm
  7. ^ http://www.oldiesloon.com/il/wls89of80.htm
  8. ^ http://www.musicoutfitters.com/topsongs/1981.htm
  9. ^ Inc, Activision. "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Xbox 360: Video Games". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  10. ^ Inc, Activision. "Guitar Hero Smash Hits: Nintendo Wii: Video Games". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  11. ^ Inc, Activision. "Guitar Hero: On Tour: Video Games". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  12. ^ "Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar // Songs // Rock Band®". Rockband.com. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  13. ^ ""Hit Me With Your Best Shot" - Xbox.com". Marketplace.xbox.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  14. ^ http://time.com/3968782/best-kelly-clarkson-covers/

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