Verdammt, ich lieb' dich

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"Verdammt, ich lieb' dich"
Matthias Reim Verdammt Ich Lieb Dich single cover.jpg
Single by Matthias Reim
from the album Reim
B-side "Maskenball"
Released 1990 (1990)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD
Genre Schlager
Length 3:40 (single version)
4:09 (Vollgas Mix)
4:49 (Schmusemix)
Label Polydor
Songwriter(s) Bernd Dietrich, Matthias Reim
Producer(s) Bernd Dietrich, Matthias Reim
Matthias Reim singles chronology
"Verdammt, ich lieb' dich"
(1990)
"Ich hab' geträumt von dir"
(1990)
"Verdammt, ich lieb' dich"
(1990)
"Ich hab' geträumt von dir"
(1990)

"Verdammt, ich lieb' dich" is a 1990 song by German singer-songwriter Matthias Reim, from his debut album Reim. The song was Reim's first single, and remains his biggest hit, reaching the number-one spot in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. In Germany it spent 16 consecutive weeks at the top of the charts, equalling the record set by Boney M.'s "Rivers of Babylon".[1] The song's title means "Damn, I love you".

Cover versions[edit]

In 1991, the German punkband Planlos recorded a version of the song.[2] Another cover version with English lyrics was made in 2000 by Baracuda, with the title "Damn! (Remember the Time)". In 2002, the Polish version of the song was called "Kochaj mnie Kochaj" recorded by two-fold Polish representatives in the Eurovision Song Contest namely the group Ich Troje. In 2005, bilingual German singer Dennie Christian released a Dutch version called "Dit is liefde" (This is love).[3] The song was covered by Sha in 2007. In April 2006, Reim declared bankruptcy due to a debt of 12.5 million euros. To help cover his costs, in August 2007 he parodied his own song with "Verdammt ich hab‘ nix, ich miet‘ bei Sixt", which reached 66 on the German charts.[4] Reim himself has sung this sung in various languages so far: English ("I think I love you"), Spanish ("Tal vez te quiero" and "te quiero a veces"), Italian ("Per che ti amo"), French ("et puis je t'aime").

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1992) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 1
Croatia (Billboard)[7] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 1
Poland (LP3)[11] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[13] Platinum 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[14] Gold 25,000*
Germany (BVMI)[15] Platinum 500,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[16] Gold 75,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeffries, David. "Matthias Reim biography". AllMusic. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ See the German Wikipedia information about "Planlos".
  3. ^ "Dennie Christian". denniechristian.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Der singende Pleitegeier von Mallorca". Welt magazine (in German). welt.de. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Matthias Reim – Verdammt - ich lieb' dich" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Matthias Reim – Verdammt - ich lieb' dich" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  7. ^ "Artists & Music: A turntable" (PDF). Billboard Magazine. HDU Toplista. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Musicline.de – Matthias Reim Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Matthias Reim search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Matthias Reim – Verdammt - ich lieb' dich" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  11. ^ "Matthias Reim – Verdammt, ich lieb' dich | Lista Przebojów Programu Trzeciego" (in Polish). LP3. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Matthias Reim – Verdammt - ich lieb' dich". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  13. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Matthias Reim – Verdammt ich lieb' Dich" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved September 1, 2015.  Enter Matthias Reim in the field Interpret. Enter Verdammt ich lieb' Dich in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  14. ^ "Gold certification for Belgian sales of 'Verdammt, ich lieb' dich' is awarded to Matthias Reim by Radio Luxembourg." 1990.
  15. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Matthias Reim; 'Verdammt ich lieb' Dich')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Matthias Reim Preise & Auszeichnungen – Matthias Reim" (in German). matthiasreim.de. Retrieved September 1, 2015.  Note: "Goldene Schallplatte Niederlande".
Preceded by
"I Promised Myself" by Nick Kamen
Austrian number-one single
15 July 1990 - 6 October 1990 (12 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tom's Diner" by DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
Preceded by
"I've Been Thinking About You" by Londonbeat
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
6 October 1990 - 2 November 1990 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Joker" by Steve Miller Band
Preceded by
"I Promised Myself" by Nick Kamen
Croatian number-one single
18/1992
Succeeded by
"Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton
Preceded by
"Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor
German number-one single
18 May 1990 - 6 September 1990 (16 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tom's Diner" by DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
Preceded by
"Don't Cry" by Guns 'N Roses
Polish LP3 number-one single
23/1992
Succeeded by
"Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton
Preceded by
"Un'estate italiana" by Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini
Swiss number-one single
8 July 1990 - 6 October 1990 (13 weeks)
Succeeded by
"It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette

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