He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)” – The Crystals (1962)

He hit me and it felt like a kiss
He hit me but it didn’t hurt me
He couldn’t stand to hear me say
That I’d been with some­one new
And when I told him I had been untrue

He hit me and it felt like a kiss (felt like a kiss)
He hit me and I knew he loved me
If he didn’t care for me,
I could have nev­er made him mad
But he hit me and I was glad

Yes, he hit me and it felt like a kiss (felt like a kiss)
He hit me and I knew I loved him
And then, he took me in his arms
With all the ten­der­ness there is
And when he kissed me, he made me his

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He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss) is actu­al­ly the only song on this list that I active­ly dis­like.  This song is just all kinds of wrong, sung from the point of view of a vic­tim of domes­tic abuse who excus­es the vio­lence with log­ic that’s been twist­ed to the lim­it.  It’s sad, and the fact that the song is based on the true-life expe­ri­ence (and inter­nal log­ic) of  “The Loco­mo­tion” singer, Lit­tle Eva, makes it even sad­der.  To be fair to the ‘60s, this song did receive some push­back soon after it was released, so… that’s good.  In con­clu­sion, this may be the most messed up song ever writ­ten… and yet, some­how, still not the most sex­ist song of the ‘60s…

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5 Comments

  1. Yes, I agree. I’ve nev­er heard this song before. Inter­est­ing…

  2. omg I nev­er heard the lyrics like that before. UGH yuck I want to wipe it off.

  3. Omg. Know­ing it is based on someone’s real life expe­ri­ence makes so much worse.
    🙁

  4. I’m sor­ry, it this song that has to be even worse than the Jack Jones song. Phys­i­cal abuse, right there for all to see, yep this is the worse. I have heard this over the years and always thought, “WTF?”

    • I’m def­i­nite­ly with you. Look­ing good was def­i­nite­ly a part of the 60’s, phys­i­cal vio­lence again­st wom­en was prob­a­bly not any more com­mon than it is today.

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