You've Got Another Thing Comin'

"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.

"You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
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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"

The song reached No. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it Judas Priest's only song to make that chart.[4] The song is written in the key of F-sharp minor.

Guitarist K.K. Downing on the song:

"You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” was without doubt the song that broke Judas Priest in America. By the summer of 1982, it wasn’t just getting heavy rotation in our stronghold areas of St. Louis and San Antonio. That song was everywhere. You couldn’t turn on a rock radio station anywhere in North America without hearing it. Bizarrely, it almost didn’t make it onto the album Screaming for Vengeance. It was only when we’d reached Florida for the final mixing of the album that the pieces of a track that we’d had lying around without ever committing to fully finally fell into our laps. And when it did, the song’s appeal seemed like the most obvious thing ever. "How did we miss it?” Tom Allom said. "I don’t know. But you could just imagine putting this on, getting in the car with the sun shining, and then blasting down a freeway", Rob replied: "That’s it!” we all agreed. "It’s got all the elements of driving song. ”We hadn’t been aware of that intangible ingredient when we wrote it, of course. But there’s no doubt that it had the kind of beat and tempo that, even if you were driving and going just thirty miles per hour, when you heard that duh-duh-duh-duh intro, you’d be simply compelled to accelerate. On top of that it gave you a happy, carefree feeling that was just so undeniable. Better still, everything about America at that time seemed to revolve around the ethos of "get in the car, turn up the stereo, and drive". It was the ideal song for the time.[5]


"You've Got Another Thing Comin'" has charted in two countries in United Kingdom and in 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.


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 other mediaEdit

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.[9]

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



  1. ^ "Judas Priest singles".
  2. ^ a b "Judas Priest: You've Got Another Thing Comin'". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  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. ^ Downing, K.K. (20 September 2018). HEAVY DUTY : days and nights in judas priest. CONSTABLE. ISBN 978-1-47212-867-6.
  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 Pres. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014 – via HighBeam Research.
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  9. ^ "Archer" The Orpheus Gambit (TV Episode 2020) - IMDb, retrieved 21 January 2021

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