It Hit Me Like a Hammer

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"It Hit Me Like a Hammer"
Single by Huey Lewis and the News
from the album Hard at Play
B-side "Do You Love Me, Or What?"
Released 1991
Format 7", Cassette, CD
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:01
Label EMI America
Chrysalis (UK)
Writer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Huey Lewis
Producer(s) Bill Schnee
Huey Lewis and the News
Huey Lewis and the News singles chronology
"Couple Days Off"
"It Hit Me Like a Hammer"
"He Don't Know"

"It Hit Me Like a Hammer" is a song recorded by Huey Lewis and the News and released as the second single from their album, Hard at Play, in 1991. The song was co-written by band leader Huey Lewis and the songwriter/producer, Robert John "Mutt" Lange.[1] Lange had previously written the band's breakthrough hit, "Do You Believe in Love", nearly 10 years earlier.

The single release contained a remix of the song with a saxophone solo that did not appear on the album.


Chart (1991) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 21
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[3] 10


  1. ^ Hard at Play (Media notes). Huey Lewis and the News. EMI Records. 1991. 93355. 
  2. ^ Huey Lewis & the News: Hard at Play > Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  3. ^ "Huey Lewis & the News: "It Hit Me Like a Hammer" - Adult Contemporary". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 8, 2012.