Saturday, September 18, 1982

George Thorogood “Bad to the Bone” charted

Bad to the Bone

George Thorogood & the Destroyers

Writer(s): George Thorogood (see lyrics here)

First Charted: September 18, 1982

Peak: 27 AR, 2 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): --

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 82.1 video, 157.34 streaming


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About the Song:

“George Thorogood and the Destroyers have a penchant for rockin’ covers of all kinds of blues songs, but the band is probably best known for a song George wrote himself: ‘Bad to the Bone.’ It didn’t get much attention when it was released on the 1982 album of the same name, but MTV liked it and put the video for the track into heavy rotation. The clip features a live performance by the Destroyers along with scenes of a cigar-chomping Thorogood shooting pool with Bo Diddley,” UCR one of Thorogood’s heroes.

Thorogood had covered Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?” and “the guitar riff and vocal rhythms in ‘Bad to the Bone’ sound like they were inspired by the iconic bluesman's classic song, ‘I’m a Man.’” UCR “Both songs are full of swagger, with the singers exuding lots of testerone.” SF Thorogood’s song “has a much heavier guitar sound, which replaces the harmonica in Diddley’s recording.” SF

The song is used in the movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day for the scene when Arnold Schwarzengger exits a bar in biker gear. It has also been used in The Parent Trap, Major Payne, Christine, and Problem Child. The song has also been used by TV series including Married…With Children, Miami Vice, Top Gear, South Park, Nurse Jackie, My Name Is Earl, and 3rd Rock from the Sun.

“It’s also played at sporting events all over the country, and several professional wrestlers have adopted it as their theme song. While this isn’t exactly as bad-ass, the song was also introduced to a much younger generation when Alvin and the Chipmunks covered it for an episode of their television series.” UCR


First posted 7/22/2022.

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