I Hate the Music

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"I Hate the Music"
I hate the Music by John Paul Young.jpg
Single by John Paul Young
from the album J.P.Y.
ReleasedMarch 1976 (1976-03)
Songwriter(s)Harry Vanda, George Young
Producer(s)Harry Vanda, George Young
John Paul Young singles chronology
"The Love Game"
"I Hate the Music"
"Keep On Smilin'"

"I Hate the Music" is a pop song written by George Young and Harry Vanda and recorded by Australian pop singer John Paul Young. The song was released in March 1976 as the lead single from the singer's second studio album, J.P.Y. (1976). It peaked at number 2 on the Kent Music Report in Australia, remaining on the chart for 20 weeks. It was certified gold in Australia for shipment of 35000 units.>[1] It reached number 1 on the South African singles chart.[2]

In 1998, the song was covered by Ratcat and John Paul Young for the Occasional Coarse Language soundtrack.


The song was inspired by a conversation with George Young and Harry Vanda in the Boomerang House elevator after a day in the studio. The conversation involved George's general frustration with a song that he couldn't get to sound right. The song originally had a banjo introduction but was changed to a piano.[3]

Track listing[edit]

7" (AP 11037) (Ariola – 17 220)

  • Side A "I Hate the Music" – 3:25
  • Side B "My Name is Jack" – 3:25


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1976–77) Peak
Australian (Kent Music Report)[4] 2
South Africa [2] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 18
UK Singles Chart 0

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Position
Australian (Kent Music Report)[6] 18


  1. ^ "MILESAGO: Australasian Music & Popular Culture 1964-1975". Miles Ago. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "South African Rock Lists Website – SA Charts 1969–1989 Acts (Y)". South Africa's Rock Lists. South African Rock Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
  3. ^ John Tait (2012). Vanda and Young: Inside Australia's Hit Factory. UNSW Press. p. 155. ISBN 9781742240107.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. p. 346. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – John Paul Young – I Hate the Music". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. p. 428. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.