"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" is a song written by Canadian singer/songwriter Eddie Schwartz, and recorded by American singer Pat Benatar in 1980. It was released as the second single from her sophomore album Crimes of Passion, and reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first top 10 hit. "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" sold one million copies, achieving a gold certification by the RIAA. The song is one of Benatar's most recognizable. It can be heard at many baseball and soccergames, and is featured on many of Benatar's greatest hits compilations.

Structure[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The song is in E major and features a general chord progression of I-IV-vi-V, with occasional added chords built on passing and neighboring tones,[1] although Benatar has commented that in hindsight she would have preferred to replace the C# minor (vi) chord with F# minor (ii).[2]

Covers[edit source | editbeta]Edit

My American Heart covered the song and it was used in a commercial for GameTap. Valencia (band) covered the song. New Atlantic (band) covered the song. Others to cover the song include John Cougar (Mellencamp)WheatusOffcutts,Martina McBrideJoan Jett and the BlackheartsAlvin and the Chipmunks and Chikinki. The song was sampled by D12 in a song of the same name; it was originally made for Eminem's seventh studio album Recovery, released in 2010, but it did not make the final cut. The song has since leaked on the internet, in early 2011. TV show Glee did a mash up of this song with Blondie's "One Way or Another" in its season 3 episode "Mash Off". Kelly Clarkson covered the song during the Fan Request section of her Stronger Tour in 2012. The Glee Project sang the song as part of a mash-up of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"/"One Way Or Another" in the sixth episode entitled "Fearlessness" in the second season. Catherine Zeta-Jones performs the song during the church scene in the 2012 musical film Rock of Ages. The song was featured in a mash up sequence in the 2012 film Pitch Perfect.

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In popular culture[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The song was used in an episode of Cartoon Network's Regular Show - "Go Viral" - in which Muscle Man and High Five Ghost challenge Mordecai and Rigby to make viral videos.[8]

In the early nineties, the song was used in a boxing montage regularly shown as filler on Prime Sports (what STAR Sports was previously called.)

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