What I Like About You (The Romantics song)

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"What I Like About You"
The Romantics - What I Like About You.jpg
Single by the Romantics
from the album The Romantics
B-side "First in Line"
ReleasedDecember 1979
RecordedSeptember 1979
Studio Coconuts Recording,
Miami Beach
Genre
Length
  • 2:55
  • 2:49 (music video)
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Wally Palmar
  • Mike Skill
  • Jimmy Marinos
Producer(s) Pete Solley
The Romantics singles chronology
"Tell It to Carrie"
(1978)
"What I Like About You"
(1979)
"When I Look in Your Eyes"
(1980)

"What I Like About You" is a song by American rock band the Romantics. Written by band members Wally Palmar, Mike Skill and Jimmy Marinos in 1979, the song is included on the band's self-titled debut album (1980), and was also released as a single in late 1979. Marinos, the band's drummer, is the lead vocalist on the song. The band filmed a music video for the song that appeared frequently on MTV during the early 1980s.

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Michael Morales took the song even higher in 1989, Lillix also sang this song in 2003 and 5 Seconds of Summer had a hit with the song in 2014.

Writing and original version

"What I Like About You" was written by Palmar, Marinos and Skill around a guitar part by Skill. The song's "Hey, uh-huh-huh" refrain was influenced by the Yardbirds' "Over Under Sideways Down" and Chuck Berry's "Back in the U.S.A." The song's riff is slightly similar to Neil Diamond's "Cherry, Cherry", the Standells' 1966 hit "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White", Joe Jackson's 1979 single "I'm the Man", and John Mellencamp’s 1985 single “R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.” The Romantics recorded the song and the accompanying album at Coconuts Recording Studio in Miami Beach, Florida. [4]

When first released, "What I Like About You" was already a popular song on the Romantics' concert playlist. In terms of record sales and radio airplay, however, the song was only a moderate success at the time of its release, reaching number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was most successful in Australia, where it reached number two on the Australian Singles Chart (Kent Music Report) for two weeks and became the 13th most successful single for 1980. [5] It was only towards the end of the 1980s, after the song had been licensed for use in television commercials for Budweiser beer, that "What I Like About You" grew to become one of the most popular rock anthems of all time.

In November 2007, the Romantics filed a federal lawsuit against Activision, the publisher of Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s, claiming that the video game manufacturer had infringed on the band's rights by featuring a soundalike recording of "What I Like About You" in the game. [6] The Romantics lost their case in December 2007, with the judge stating that Activision had taken all the necessary steps in developing its product. [7]

Charts

Chart (1979–80)Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) [8] 2
Belgium [9] 11
Netherlands [9] 8
US Billboard Hot 100 [10] 49
US Cash Box Top 100 [11] 53
Chart (2011)Peak
position
US Rock Digital Songs [12] 46

Michael Morales version

Michael Morales released a version of "What I Like About You" in 1989, as the follow-up to his hit "Who Do You Give Your Love To". His version reached number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, eclipsing the position of the original version. [13]

5 Seconds of Summer version

"What I Like About You"
Single by 5 Seconds of Summer
from the EP She Looks So Perfect and the album LiveSOS
ReleasedDecember 2, 2014 [14]
Recorded2013–2014
Genre Pop punk
Length2:31
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s)
  • Wally Palmar
  • Mike Skill
  • Jimmy Marinos
Producer(s) John Feldmann
5 Seconds of Summer singles chronology
"Good Girls"
(2014)
"What I Like About You"
(2014)
"She's Kinda Hot"
(2015)
Music video
5 Seconds of Summer - What I Like About You : Live at The Forum on YouTube

The song was covered by Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer for their 2014 She Looks So Perfect EP, reaching number 137 on the UK Singles Chart. The studio mix of the song is included on the group's 2014 live album, LiveSOS , and was serviced to American mainstream radio on December 2, 2014 as its lead single. [14] It received strong airplay for the week ending December 28, 2014 and debuted on the Billboard Pop Songs chart, where it has since peaked at number 30. [15] [16]

The band performed the song live at the 2014 American Music Awards on November 23, 2014 ahead of its release. [17]

Music video

A lyric video for the live version was uploaded to 5 Seconds of Summer's Vevo account November 23, 2014, the same day as their AMA performance. [18] The official music video was directed by Tom van Schelven and premiered on December 5, 2014. [19] It uses the live audio rather than the studio mix and features concert footage from the group's performance at The Forum near Los Angeles, as well behind-the-scenes clips and shots of the audience. [20]

Charts

Chart (2014–15)Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) [21] 76
UK Singles Chart ( Official Charts Company ) [22] 137
US Mainstream Top 40 ( Billboard ) [16] 30

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