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?"
Format7", Cassette, CD
GenrePop rock
LabelEMI America
Chrysalis (UK)
Songwriter(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 song peaked at No. 21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and No. 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was Huey Lewis and the News' last Top 40 hit in the United States.

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


Weekly charts[edit]

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

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 77


  1. ^ Hard at Play (Media notes). Huey Lewis and the News. EMI Records. 1991. 93355.CS1 maint: others (link)
  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.
  4. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1991". RPM. Retrieved November 23, 2017.