How You Like Me Now? (The Heavy song)

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"How You Like Me Now?"
The Heavy - How You Like Me Now cover art.jpg
Single by The Heavy
from the album The House That Dirt Built
B-side "Remixes"
Released August 2009
  • 3:37 (album version)
  • 3:11 (radio edit)
Label Counter
Producer(s) Jim Abbiss
The Heavy singles chronology
"How You Like Me Now?"
"No Time"

"How You Like Me Now?"
"No Time"
How You Like Me Now?
How You like me now single cover pic.jpg
EP by The Heavy
Released 29 November 2010
  • Indie rock
  • funk rock
  • neo soul
Length 15:34
Label Ninja Tune
Producer Jim Abbiss
The Heavy chronology
The House That Dirt Built
(2009)The House That Dirt Built2009
How You Like Me Now?
The Glorious Dead
(2012)The Glorious Dead2012

"How You Like Me Now?" is a song by English rock band The Heavy. It was released as the third single from their second studio album The House That Dirt Built in August 2009.[1] The song samples "Let a Woman Be a Woman" by Dyke and the Blazers.[2] The song has been used in media several times and peaked at number 122 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Usage in media[edit]

The song became the band's most famous song to date. It was used by Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in 2012, although the band sought to stop him from using it.[3]

The song has since featured in several trailers and movies. It was used in the trailers for the 2012 movie Ted and The Transporter Refueled, during the closing credits for Horrible Bosses and in its sequel Horrible Bosses 2, in The Fighter[4] when Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) walk on a road in the intro of the film, in This Means War when Tuck (Tom Hardy) and Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) play paintball, and in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.[5]

Song was featured in a 2010 advertisement called "Sock Puppets" introducing the newly redesigned Kia Sorento SUV. It has also been used in the 2011 action adventure racing game Driver: San Francisco, in the closing credits for the 2012 role-playing first-person shooter Borderlands 2[6] and 2013 platform game Knack on the PlayStation 4, and in a TV spot for the 2013 animated movie Turbo.[7] It was also featured in the ski film Attack of La Niña. In 2014 the song was featured on the in-game soundtrack of the racing game Forza Horizon 2 for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 on the fictional radio station Ninja Tune Radio and the official trailer of the comedy series Girl Meets World on Disney Channel in Southeast Asia. It also appeared in the multi-platform racing game The Crew on the fictional radio station 11 FM.

A remix of the song features in the video game LittleBigPlanet 3 while the original version appears near the end of the level "High Stakes Heist".

The song was also used as the theme song for Intentional Talk on MLB Network from the show's April 4, 2011 debut to April 1, 2016. A variant of this song called "How Do You Like Me Now (Beats Mix)" was performed by The Heavy and was prominently featured in the 2010 installment of Sony's venerable baseball video game franchise MLB The Show.[8]

Beginning in the 2015-16 NHL season, the Vancouver Canucks play "How You Like Me Now" during home games at Rogers Arena whenever Radim Vrbata scores a goal, as part of their usage of personalized goal songs for each player. "How You Like Me Now" was selected for Vrbata's goal song in a fan vote.[9]

Track listing[edit]

10" EP[edit]

  • "How You Like Me Now? EP"[10]
Side A
1."How You Like Me Now?" (featuring The Dap-Kings Horns)3:38
2."That Kind of Man"3:32
Side B
1."Big Bad Wolf"2:36
2."Strong Enough"2:48
3."Coleen" (featuring The Dap-Kings Horns)3:00

12" Remixes[edit]

  • "How You Like Me Now? Remixes"[11]
Side A
1."How You Like Me Now?" (Joker Remix) 
Side B
1."How You Like Me Now?" (Solo Remix) 
2."How You Like Me Now?" (Solo Dub) 


Chart (2009–10) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[12] 20
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 67
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[14] 22
US Heatseekers Songs (Billboard)[15] 17
US Rock Digital Songs (Billboard)[16] 19


  1. ^ Rolling Stone
  2. ^ "Who Sampled Who, The Heavy How You Like Me Now". Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  3. ^ "Gingrich Ordered to Stop Using 'How You Like Me Now'". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  4. ^ The Fighter
  5. ^ "The Heavy". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  6. ^ Video on YouTube
  7. ^ "Just Isn't Music – 03/07/13 The Heavy 'How You Like Me Now?' in Turbo trailer". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  8. ^ Video on YouTube
  9. ^ "Official Site of the National Hockey League". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  10. ^ "The Heavy - How You Like Me Now?". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  11. ^ "The Heavy - How You Like Me Now? (Remixes)". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  12. ^ " – The Heavy – How You Like Me Now?" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  13. ^ " – The Heavy – How You Like Me Now?" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  14. ^ "The Heavy Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  15. ^ "The Heavy - Chart history - Billboard". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  16. ^ "The Heavy - Chart history - Billboard". Retrieved 25 February 2017.