Hate to Say I Told You So

The Hives

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"Hate to Say I Told You So" is the first single from Swedish rock band the Hives' second studio album Veni Vidi Vicious. It was first released as a single on 4 December 2000 and was later re-released on 11 February 2002 in the US. It is internationally known as the Hives' signature song. It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single in 2002. In March 2005, Q placed it at number 54 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. It also lists at 244 on Pitchfork Media's Top 500 songs of the 2000s (decade). In October 2011, NME placed it at number 84 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years". 


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The Hives

The Hives are a Swedish garage rock band that first garnered attention in the early 2000s as a prominent group of the garage rock revival. Their mainstream success came with the release of the album Veni Vidi Vicious, featuring their most well-known song "Hate to Say I Told You So". more »

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Song Release
"Hate to Say I Told You So" was released in 2000 as the first single from the Hives' second studio album, "Veni Vidi Vicious."
Song Reception
This song is one of The Hives' most successful tracks, reaching number 23 on the UK Singles Chart and number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
Album Success
The song played a critical role in helping to catapult "Veni Vidi Vicious" to gold status in Sweden.
Music Video
The music video for "Hate to Say I Told You So" features the band playing in a science lab, a creative interpretation that has received critical applause.
Iconic Performance
The iconic performance of "Hate to Say I Told You So" at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards helped the band to become widely known in America.
Signature Song
Over the years, this song has become the band's signature song and is a crowd favorite at their live performances.
Rock Band
In popular culture, "Hate to Say I Told You So" was featured in the video game "Rock Band", further increasing its reach.
Movie Soundtrack
The song was also used in the film "Spider-Man" in 2002, and in several advertisements, embedding it deeper into the fabric of 2000s pop culture.
Melody Position
The melody of "Hate to Say I Told You So" is played in such a high position on the guitar that many listeners mistakenly believe it to be an effect pedal, showcasing the unique guitar skills of the band members.
Despite its success, band lead singer Pelle Almqvist has stated that he wrote the lyrics to the song in just five minutes, illustrating an example of quick but compelling songwriting.
Award Nomination
"Hate to Say I Told You So" was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single in 2002, which testified to its commercial success and popular appeal among listeners.
Music Influence
The song has been noted for its influence and contribution to the post-punk revival movement in the early 2000s.
Song Structure
Interestingly, the song does not feature a traditional bridge, instead it has a breakdown followed by a guitar solo.
Swedish Hit
Despite being a Swedish band, "Hate to Say I Told You So" became a great success in the English-speaking world, a representation of music's ability to transcend language barriers.
Radio Airplay
In the year of its release, the song received extensive radio airplay, which largely contributed to its success and popularity.

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