Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Album: Crimes Of Passion (1980)
Charted: 9
  • Well you're a real tough cookie with a long history
    Of breaking little hearts like the one in me
    That's okay, let's see how you do it
    Put up you dukes, let's get down to it

    Hit me with your best shot
    Why don't you hit me with your best shot
    Hit me with your best shot
    Fire away

    You come on with it, come on
    You don't fight fair
    That's okay, see if I care
    Knock me down, it's all in vain
    I get right back on my feet again

    Hit me with your best shot
    Why don't you hit me with your best shot
    Hit me with your best shot
    Fire away

    Well you're a real tough cookie with a long history
    Of breaking little hearts like the one in me
    Before I put another notch in my lipstick case
    You better make sure you put me in my place

    Hit me with your best shot
    C'mon, hit me with your best shot
    Hit me with your best shot
    Fire away

    Hit me with your best shot
    Why don't you hit me with your best shot
    Hit me with your best shot
    Fire away Writer/s: Edward Schwartz
    Publisher: Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 18

  • Angelina from FlI always thought it was talking about doing a shot of drugs I thought you was talking to the dope dealer saying Hit me with your Best shot I thought she was portraying a hooker
  • Stukka63 from HellI’m thinking this kinda of pat travers boom boom out go the lights.
  • Marv Goodman from New York, NyI am the Marv Goodman referred to in this piece, the fellow at Chrysalis and ATV.

    An interesting footnote is that I got a call from Jeff Aldrich, head of A&R at the label when they were trying to decide the first single from the "Crimes of Passion" LP. They were torn between "Hit Me" and "Heartbreaker"

    I, of course said "Hit Me." And he asked if I elected for that cut only because it was my song. I had been involved in earlier meetings and knew the image the label was trying to project for Ms. Benatar and said while both songs sound like anthems for a powerful woman, "Heartbreaker" really fails in that regard.

    Where "Hit Me" presents a woman with grit saying she is every bit the match of would-be tough type, in fact one who could "put another notch on her lipstick case", "Heartbreaker" has lyrics typical of a foolish girl who knows she is heading into a situation with a charmer and pretender, and offering an empty "don't you mess around with me" threat. "Hit Me" was hands down a statement that makes the persona the label wants.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 5, 1980, Pat Benatar performs "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" on the ABC-TV weekly late-night live comedy variety program, 'Fridays'...
    At the time the song was at #11 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, two weeks later it would peak at #9 {for 2 weeks} and it spent almost a half-year on the Top 100 {24 weeks}...
    It reached #10 on the Canadian RPM Singles chart...
    And on the same 'Fridays' show she also performed "Hell Is for Children", it was track five of side one on her second studio album, 'Crimes of Passions', the album peaked at #2 {for 5 weeks} on Billboard's Top LPs Albums chart, the five weeks it was at #2, "Double Fantasy" by John Lennon*/Yoko One was the #1 album for those five weeks...
    Between 1979 and 1988 Pat Benatar had seventeen records on the Top 100 chart, four made the Top 10, besides "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", her three other Top 10 records were "Love Is A Battlefield" {#5 in 1983}, "We Belong" {#5 in 1984}, and "Invincible" {#10 in 1985}...
    * John Lennon was murder December 8th, 1980 at the young age of 40...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 14th 1980 "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar peaked at #9 (for 3 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on September 28th and spent a almost a half-year on the Top 100 (24 weeks)...
    It reached #10 in Canada...
    Was one of three tracks from her 'Crimes of Passion' album, the other two were "You Better Run" (#42) and "Treat Me Right" (#18)...
    The album peaked at #2 (for 5 weeks) on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    Ms. Benatar, born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, will celebrate her 61st birthday next month on January 10th.
  • Tommy from Ny, NyIn 7th or 8th grade I hade a crush on a girl who was a Pat Benatar fan. In music class the teacher played "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and thanked the girl for bringing in the album. That was the first I heard about Pat Benatar and have been a fan since.
  • Jose from El Centro, CaGh3 =]
  • Ken from Louisville, KyThis song is obviously about how verbal jabs between men and women can have the same emotional impact as actual physical violence. At the time, if you told someone to "hit me with your best shot", you meant for them to throw their best insult against you, you'll insult them right back.
  • Meredith from Wauwatosa, WiThis song is so sassy and fun! Love it so much!
  • Sebastian from Providence, RiI think Mandy Moore has a song called the same. Or is the same one?
  • Jim from Dayton, OhPat Benatar is a WOMAN. I doubt "his girlfriend" had anything to do with it. Not to mention the facts above clearly explain how the song came to be.
  • Jayson from Herenesate, MsThis song is actually very sexual, Pat Brenatar's girlfriend at the time wrote it for him, hence the title...
  • Morgan from New York, NyThis song is an old favorite of mine it is so special to me!!I love "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"!!It is so cool!!
  • Elliot from St. Louis, MoThis is one of those songs that will be synonomis with the 80's for all eternity. It is pretty catchy, I must admit.
  • Rick from San Juan, United StatesThe guitar riff in the beginning of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" was used by MTV as its music theme during its launching in 1981 and beyond.
  • Rick from San Juan, United StatesAt the time John Lennon was murdered on December 8, 1980, this song was being played heavily on the radio. Every time I hear it, it reminds me of that horrible day when I first heard the news on our local station WOSO.
  • Candice from Vancouver, CanadaI heard this song in a few Tropicana orange juice commercials.
  • Rob from Santa Monica, CaThis song contains Neil Gerardo's best guitar solo, after "Heartbreaker".
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