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John Cougar (Mellencamp) - Hurts So Good (1982)

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“Hurts So Good” is a song by American singer-songwriter John Mellencamp, then performing under the stage name ...

“Hurts So Good” is a song by American singer-songwriter John Mellencamp, then performing under the stage name “John Cougar.” The song was a number two hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for the singer/songwriter. It was the first of three major hit singles from his 1982 album American Fool. The others were “Jack & Diane” and “Hand to Hold On To,” which were all released in 1982. The song was also a critical success with Mellencamp winning the Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male at the 25th Grammy Awards on February 23, 1983.

Music video

Much of the video was filmed in Medora, Indiana, a small town located approximately 20 mi (30 km) southwest of Seymour, Indiana, where Mellencamp was born and raised.

Charts

The song hit number one on Billboard’s Hot Tracks mainstream rock chart. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 7, 1982 and, although it failed to make number one, it spent 16 weeks in the top 10, the longest time for any song in the 1980s. It was kept off the top spot by “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. The song was listed at #83 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time. The song also reached #39 on the New Zealand Top 50. The song was also a hit in Canada reaching #3 on RPM magazine’s Top 50 Singles chart. In South Africa, the song reached number 5.

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