"Hurt" is a 1954 song by Jimmie Crane and Al Jacobs. "Hurt" was originally performed by Roy Hamilton, whose version peaked at number eight on the R&B Best Seller chart and spent a total of seven weeks on the chart. A version by Ricky Denell also received considerable radio airplay in 1954 on pop radio stations. The song is considered to be the signature hit of Timi Yuro, whose version went to number four on the Billboard pop chart in 1961. Juice Newton's 1985 version scored number one on Billboard's Country chart.
In 1976, Elvis Presley covered the song. Presley's version reached No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, while reaching No. 7 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart, No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart, and No. 37 on the UK Singles Chart. Rock critic Greil Marcus described his performance of that song as "apocalyptic", while fellow reviewer Dave Marsh said of it "If he felt the way he sounded, the wonder isn't that he had only a year left to live but that he managed to survive that long." He sang the song on stage 159 times, usually performing it with a reprise. In four of these instances, in Birmingham, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Chicago, he ended it by going to the floor intentionally while simultaneously delivering a seven-second uninterrupted note.
In 1976, The Manhattans also covered the song in their album The Manhattans. Their version reached No. 10 on Billboard's R&B chart, and No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart.
In 1981, Carly Simon covered the song on her Torch album and it was released as the only single.
In 1986, Juice Newton had her third number-one country hit with her version of "Hurt."  Newton's is the only version of "Hurt" to become a #1 hit in the United States.
In 1988, Peabo Bryson covered the song on his “Positive” album.