I Hate Myself for Loving You

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For the album by Van Leer, see I Hate Myself (For Loving You).
"I Hate Myself for Loving You"
Single by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
from the album Up Your Alley
Released 1988
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:07
Label Blackheart
Writer(s) Desmond Child, Joan Jett
Producer(s) Desmond Child, Kenny Laguna
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts singles chronology
"Light of Day"
"I Hate Myself for Loving You"
"Little Liar"

"I Hate Myself for Loving You" is a 1988 song from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and the first single from the album Up Your Alley. The song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] Jett's third single to reach the Top 10, but her first since "Crimson and Clover" in 1982. Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor played the guitar solo in the song.[2]

One of the backing vocalists featured on the Up Your Alley album was Louie Merlino, later the founder of the band Beggars & Thieves. Merlino did backing vocals on countless songs that were written or co-written by Desmond Child. When Las Vegas, Nevada-based band Sin City Sinners has Merlino singing with them, it is not uncommon for them to cover this song.[citation needed]

For this song, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts received a nomination at the 31st Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

The single charted number 39 on rock digital songs in Sep 10, 2011.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 20
Canadian Singles Chart 21
Netherlands Singles Chart 28
New Zealand Singles Chart 8
Swedish Singles Chart 12
UK Singles Chart 46


The song made an appearance in the When Peck This sounds At Concert.


  1. ^ Billboard Hot 100: Week of October 01, 1988, Billboard, retrieved 21 December 2011 
  2. ^ Wissmuller, Christian (Oct/Nov 2007) "Mick Taylor: Soul Survivor". Jazzed Magazine.