Bad to the Bone

George Thorogood & the Destroyers, George Thorogood

About Bad to the Bone

"Bad to the Bone" is a song by George Thorogood and the Destroyers released in 1982 on the album of the same name. While it was not widely popular during its initial release, its video made recurrent appearances on the nascent MTV, created a year before. Licensing for films, television, and commercials has since made the song more popular. Author Jim Beviglia argues that despite the song not making the pop charts, it "outstrips all other 80s songs in terms of the way it has essentially become cultural shorthand". The song adapts the hook and lyrics of Muddy Waters' Mannish Boy. 


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On the day I was born
The nurses all gathered 'round
And they gazed in wide wonder
At the joy they had found
The head nurse spoke up
And she said leave this one alone
She could tell right away
That I was bad to the bone

Bad to the bone
Bad to the bone
Bad to the bone

I broke a thousand hearts
Before I met you
I'll break a thousand more, baby
Before I am through
I wanna be yours pretty baby
Yours and yours alone
I'm here to tell ya honey
That I'm bad to the bone
Bad to the bone
Bad to the bone

I make a rich woman beg
I'll make a good woman steal
I'll make an old woman blush
And make a young girl squeal
I wanna be yours pretty baby
Yours and yours alone
I'm here to tell ya honey
That I'm bad to the bone
Bad to the bone

Now when I walk the streets
Kings and Queens step aside
Every woman I meet
They all stay satisfied
I wanna tell ya pretty baby
Well ya see I make my own
I'm here to tell ya honey
That I'm bad to the bone
Bad to the bone
(Hoo) bad to the bone

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George Thorogood

George Thorogood (born February 24, 1950) is an American blues rock vocalist/guitarist from Wilmington, Delaware, United States, known for his hit song "Bad to the Bone" as well as for covers of blues standards such as Hank Williams' "Move It On Over" and John Lee Hooker's "House Rent Boogie/One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," and Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?". more »

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10 facts about this song

"Bad to the Bone" was recorded and produced in 1982, written and performed by American blues-rock musician George Thorogood.
This song is featured on the album of the same name “Bad to the Bone,” which was George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ fifth studio album.
The song has been used in numerous television shows, commercials, and movies, which has contributed to its longstanding popularity. For instance, it was famously used in the films "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "Problem Child."
Known for its iconic opening riff and confident lyrics, "Bad to the Bone" has often been associated with anything representing toughness or rebelliousness.
Musicians involved
Along with Thorogood, the band The Destroyers also performed on the track. The main members included Jeff Simon, Billy Blough, and Hank Carter.
Music video
The original music video for the song features an appearance by rock singer Bo Diddley, who acts as a pool shark challenging singer George Thorogood at a game of pool.
Chart performance
Despite its popularity, "Bad to the Bone" did not perform notably on the major music charts. The song, however, has since found great success in pop culture, arguably outliving many chart-topping numbers of its time.
Critical acclaim
Beyond its commercial success, "Bad to the Bone" has often been praised for its strong, driving rhythm, its memorable guitar work and Thorogood's distinctive raspy vocal style.
Live performances
The song remains a staple in George Thorogood’s live performances to this day.
Song's length
The original unabridged album version of the song runs for about 4 minutes and 50 seconds, making it one of the longest tracks on the "Bad to the Bone" album.

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