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"I Hate Myself for Loving You" is a 1988 song from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and the first single from the album Up Your Alley. The song reached No. 8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100,[1] Jett's third single to reach the Top 10, and her first since "Crimson and Clover" in 1982. The song spent six weeks longer on the charts than did the group's biggest hit, "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (which was on the chart for 20 weeks).

"I Hate Myself for Loving You"
Single by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
from the album Up Your Alley
B-side"Love Is a Pain (live)"
ReleasedJune 1988
GenreHard rock
Songwriter(s)Desmond Child, Joan Jett
Producer(s)Desmond Child, Kenny Laguna
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts singles chronology
"Light of Day"
"I Hate Myself for Loving You"
"Little Liar"

Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor played the guitar solo in the song.[2] One of the backing vocalists featured on the Up Your Alley album was Louie Merlino, later the founder of the band Beggars & Thieves. Merlino did backing vocals on countless songs that were written or co-written by Desmond Child. When Las Vegas-based band Sin City Sinners has Merlino singing with them, it is not uncommon for them to cover this song.[citation needed]

For this song, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts received a nomination at the 31st Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

The single charted at No. 39 on rock digital songs in September 10, 2011.[citation needed]


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  1. ^ Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: Chart History: Hot 100: I Hate Myself for Loving You, Billboard, retrieved 18 April 2018
  2. ^ Wissmuller, Christian (Oct/Nov 2007) "Mick Taylor: Soul Survivor". Jazzed Magazine.
  3. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1988/Top 100 Songs of 1988". Retrieved 1 December 2017.

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