You've Got Another Thing Comin'

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"You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
Single by Judas Priest
from the album Screaming for Vengeance
B-side"Exciter (live)"
Released6 August 1982 (UK) [1]
StudioBeejay Studios, Coconut Grove, Florida
GenreHeavy metal[2]
  • 5:05 (album version)
  • 4:10 (single version)
Producer(s)Tom Allom
Judas Priest singles chronology
"Hot Rockin'"
"You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
"(Take These) Chains"
Music video
"You've Got Another Thing Comin'" on YouTube

"You've Got Another Thing Comin'" is a song by English heavy metal band Judas Priest. It was originally released on their 1982 album Screaming for Vengeance and released as a single later that year. In May 2006, VH1 ranked it fifth on their list of the 40 Greatest Metal Songs.[3] It became one of Judas Priest's signature songs along with "Electric Eye" and "Breaking the Law", and a staple of the band's live performances. "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" was first performed on the opening concert of the Vengeance World Tour at the Stabler Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on 26 August 1982 and had been played a total of 673 times through the 2012 Epitaph Tour.

The song reached No. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it Judas Priest's only song to make that chart.[4]


Singer Rob Halford said the lyrics were about "Just this attitude that we've always had in Priest. And I dare say, we've always had in our personal way of dealing with issues that are sent to challenge us. ... It's also wrapped up in the heavy metal community culture of the way we support each other with our metal. It's very much a song of hope and rising above the issues or difficulties that come your way. It's a song of resilience, as well."[5]


"You've Got Another Thing Comin'" has charted in two countries in the United Kingdom and in the United States. In the United Kingdom it peaked at No. 66 in the UK Singles Chart[6] and in the US, it reached No. 4 on the Billboard rock chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Julien Temple, and filmed at the Kempton Park Water Works. It features the band performing outside the pumping station among a background of lasers and smoke. Meanwhile, a higher authority figure arrives to shut the group down due to the noise level only to have his head blown off and its pants fell off towards the end of the video as a result of the exceeding force of Halford.


Wayne Parry of the Associated Press called it, along with "Hell Bent for Leather" and "Living After Midnight", one of the "standards against which other metal tracks are measured".[7] Greg Prato of AllMusic wrote that the song was what finally broke Judas Priest into the mainstream in the United States.[2]

According to Steve Huey, also of AllMusic, "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" is the band's signature tune.[8]

In 2012, Loudwire ranked the song number nine on its list of the 10 greatest Judas Priest songs,[9] and in 2019, Louder Sound ranked the song number four on its list of the 50 greatest Judas Priest songs.[10]

In other media[edit]

The song shows up on several video games, for example, it is featured on the jukebox of the first level of Prey; in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City's radio station V-Rock; as downloadable content for Rock Band series (alongside the rest of the album Screaming for Vengeance), Rock Band Track Pack Volume 2; and a cover version is featured in Guitar Hero. It is also featured in 2K Sports' Major League Baseball 2K9 and EA Sports' NHL 12.

The original song is also featured in the 2011 comedy film, Bad Teacher.

The song was featured in a 2013 episode of Californication and in the season eleven episode "The Orpheus Gambit" of Archer.[11]

The song is playing in Wayne Potts' house in episode 5 of Mare of Easttown.



Chart (1982) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[12] 66
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 67
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[14] 4


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  3. ^ "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs", 1–4 May 2006, VH1 Channel, reported by Archived 18 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine; last accessed 10 September 2006.
  4. ^ White, Emily (18 July 2014). "Judas Priest Debut at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  5. ^ Prato, Greg (5 November 2020). "Rob Halford of Judas Priest: Songwriter Interviews". Songfacts. Retrieved 22 January 2023.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 291. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ Parry, Wayne (26 July 2002). "Five Questions With Rob Halford". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Priest | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  9. ^ Hartmann, Graham (24 August 2012). "10 Best Judas Priest Songs". Loudwire. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  10. ^ Chantler, Christ; Lawson, Dom (8 October 2019). "The 50 Greatest Judas Priest songs EVER". Louder Sound. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  11. ^ "Archer" The Orpheus Gambit (TV Episode 2020), IMDb, retrieved 21 January 2021
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  13. ^ "Judas Priest Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  14. ^ "Judas Priest Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 20 September 2022.