Hit That

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"Hit That"
Single by The Offspring
from the album Splinter
B-side"Da Hui"
ReleasedDecember 9, 2003
Format7" Vinyl and CD[1]
Songwriter(s)Dexter Holland
Producer(s)Brendan O'Brien[4]
The Offspring singles chronology
"Defy You"
"Hit That"
"(Can't Get My) Head Around You"
Alternative cover
European version
European version
Alternative cover
Import cover
Import cover
Audio sample

"Hit That" is a song released by the American rock band The Offspring. The song is featured as the fourth track on the band's seventh studio album Splinter (2003) and was released as the first single from the album. The song also appears as the 13th track on their Greatest Hits (2005).

"Hit That" was released to radio on November 4, 2003.[5] The single was first released in the United States and Australia in December 2003, and in the United Kingdom in January 2004, reaching the top 20 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and the UK Singles Chart (No. 13 and No. 11 respectively) and No. 64 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, proving to be one of their most successful singles since the 1990s. This was the first time an Offspring song would hit No. 1 on that chart since their breakthrough single "Come Out and Play" was released a decade earlier in 1994.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song, directed by John Williams and David Lea,[6] depicts a blue computer-generated (but green-screened over live-action footage) man's hunt for his runaway dog; the two are shown alternately as the man lip-syncs the lyrics and the dog seeks shelter. The dog is revealed to be an amoral force of mayhem, breaking out of the house and leaving a trail of wreckage in his wake (as well as showing scenes of the dog biting through a power cable and blacking out the area, or perching his doghouse on a mound of destroyed objects). The animal is also being chased by a dog catcher.

The dog is shown in first person as well as third person. When the owner and the dog catcher finally catch up to the dog, he is in an alleyway with his beloved and several puppies (from the dog's reaction, it is assumed they are his). The dog catcher holds up what appears to be a pair of shears and a howl is heard. The next day, the dog is walked grumpily down the street in a paper cone, implying that the point of the chase was to bring the dog in to be neutered to remove its destructive nature as well.

The video is based in the United Kingdom, revealed by the terraced houses, road markings, vehicle numberplates and the steering wheel in the van (a Ford Transit Connect) being on the right.

The video appears on the Complete Music Video Collection DVD, released in 2005.

Track listing[edit]

European CD maxi
1."Hit That"2:48
2."Da Hui"1:32
3."Hit That" (USC Marching Band) 
UK CD maxi
1."Hit That"2:48
2."The Kids Aren't Alright" (BBC Radio 1 Session)4:16
3."Long Way Home" (Live)2:34
4."Hit That" (USC Marching Band)1:51
5."Hit That" (Video CD Extra) 
Limited edition 7" picture disc
1."Hit That"2:48
2."(Can't Get My) Head Around You" (Live) 
Germany limited edition 3" CD
1."Hit That"2:48
2."Hit That" (USC Marching Band)1:51
Promo CD
1."Hit That"2:48


  • All songs (on the single) written and performed by The Offspring
  • Produced by: Brendan O'Brien
  • Mixed by: Brendan O'Brien
  • Published by Underachiever Music


Chart (2003–2004) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 13
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 21
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[9] 16
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 13
France (SNEP)[11] 32
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 31
Italy (FIMI)[13] 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[14] 60
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 24
Poland (LP3)[16] 37
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[17] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 57
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 11
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[20] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 64
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[22] 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[23] 6


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  5. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
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  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Offspring – Hit That". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Offspring – Hit That" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
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  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Offspring – Hit That". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Italiancharts.com – The Offspring – Hit That". Top Digital Download.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Offspring – Hit That" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  15. ^ "Charts.nz – The Offspring – Hit That". Top 40 Singles.
  16. ^ "Notowanie nr1148" (in Polish). LP3. January 30, 2004. Retrieved February 27, 2019. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Offspring – Hit That". Swiss Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  20. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  21. ^ "The Offspring Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  22. ^ "The Offspring Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  23. ^ "The Offspring Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.

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