What I Like About You (The Romantics song)
|"What I Like About You"|
|Single by The Romantics|
|from the album The Romantics|
|B-side||"First in Line"|
|The Romantics singles chronology|
"What I Like About You" is a song by American rock band the Romantics. Written by Romantics members Wally Palmar, Mike Skill and Jimmy Marinos in 1979, the song is included on the band's self-titled debut album (1980), and was also released as a single. Marinos, the band's drummer, is the lead vocalist on the song. The band filmed a music video for the song that appeared frequently on MTV during the early 1980s.
Writing and original version
"What I Like About You" was written by Palmar, Marinos and Skill around a guitar part by Skill. The song's "Hey, uh-huh-huh" refrain was influenced by the Yardbirds' "Over Under Sideways Down" and Chuck Berry's "Back in the U.S.A.". The song's riff is slightly similar to Neil Diamond's "Cherry, Cherry", the Standells 1966 hit "Dirty Water", and Joe Jackson's 1979 single "I'm the Man". The Romantics recorded the song and the accompanying album at Coconuts Recording Studio in Miami Beach, Florida.
When first released, "What I Like About You" was already a popular song on the Romantics' concert playlist. In terms of record sales and radio airplay, however, the song was only a moderate success at the time of its release, reaching only number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was most successful in Australia, where it reached number two on the Australian Singles Chart (Kent Music Report) for two weeks and became the 13th most successful single for 1980. It was only towards the end of the 1980s, after the song had been licensed for use in television commercials for Budweiser beer, that "What I Like About You" grew to become one of the most popular rock anthems of all time.
Guitar Hero legal case
In November 2007, The Romantics filed a federal lawsuit against Activision, the publisher of Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s, claiming that the video game manufacturer had infringed on the band's rights by featuring a soundalike recording of "What I Like About You" in the game. The Romantics lost their case in December 2007, with the judge stating that Activision had taken all the necessary steps in developing its product.
|Australian Singles Chart (KMR)||2|
|US Billboard Hot 100||49|
|US Cash Box Top 100||53|
|US Rock Digital Songs||46|
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|"What I Like About You"|
|Single by Poison|
|from the album Poison'd!|
|B-side||"Just What I Needed"|
|Released||May 25, 2007|
|Poison singles chronology|
- Michael Morales released a version of "What I Like About You" in 1989, as the follow-up to his hit "Who Do You Give Your Love To". His version reached number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, eclipsing the position of the original version.
- The Australian rock band Tlot Tlot covered the song on their 1995 album Fashion Takes a Holiday.
- Punk rock band the Suicide Machines covered the song for the 1999 compilation album Before You Were Punk 2.
- Alternative rock band Lillix recorded a version of the song, which was featured on the soundtrack of the Disney teen comedy film Freaky Friday (2003); the film's star Lindsay Lohan makes a cameo appearance in the music video. It was also used in the film 13 Going on 30 (2004). Lillix's recording of the song was also used as the theme song for The WB's television series What I Like About You, starring Jennie Garth and Amanda Bynes and on the Japanese CD Roxy's Jam (2006).
- In 2004, Nacker covered this song for the film What the Bleep Do We Know!?.
- It was covered by Michael Gough and Renee Sands (as the singing voices of Shrek and Princess Fiona) in the short Far Far Away Idol and in the CD Shrek 2: Party CD.
- "What I Like About You" was covered by American rock band Poison as the lead single from their cover album Poison'd! (2007). The band did a music video for the single as well.
5 Seconds of Summer version
|"What I Like About You"|
|Single by 5 Seconds of Summer|
|from the EP She Looks So Perfect|
|Released||December 2, 2014|
|5 Seconds of Summer singles chronology|
The song was covered by Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer for their 2014 She Looks So Perfect EP, reaching number 137 on the UK Singles Chart. The studio mix of the song is included on the group's 2014 live album, LiveSOS, and was serviced to American mainstream radio on December 2, 2014 as its lead single. It received strong airplay for the week ending December 28, 2014 and debuted on the Billboard Pop Songs chart, where it has since peaked at number 30.
A lyric video for the live version was uploaded to 5 Seconds of Summer's Vevo account November 23, 2014, the same day as their AMA performance. The official music video was directed by Tom van Schelven and premiered on December 5, 2014. It uses the live audio rather than the studio mix and features concert footage from the group's performance at The Forum near Los Angeles, as well behind-the-scenes clips and shots of the audience.
|Chart (2014–15)||Peak |
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||76|
|UK Singles Chart (Official Charts Company)||137|
|US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)||30|
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