“I Really Wish I Hated You” by Blink-182

In “I Really Wish I Hated You”, Blink-182 frontman Mark Hoppus is addressing a romantic interest, i.e. his girlfriend. He is apparently on the verge of breaking up with her, as in she has already more or less decided to dump him. And as the title suggests, he wishes this was someone whom he hated. That is because the realities associated with the dissolution of this relationship are driving him bonkers. 

For instance, he cannot rest easily when she is out with another dude, which is apparently an action she has already begun. Also she seems to be doing “better off” without him in general. Meanwhile in contrast, he is stuck in a state of lamenting the love he has lost. Indeed the lyrics read as if she is outright snubbing him. So all of these emotions ultimately bring us back to the thesis of the song. And what’s this thesis? This is the thesis: despite still being in love with the addressee, the singer rather wishes he possessed the opposite emotion towards her. And why? Because hating her would logically enable him to get over the fact that she has apparently decided to move on without him.

Lyrics of "I Really Wish I Hated You"

Release Date of “I Really Wish I Hated You”

Columbia Records released “I Really Wish I Hated You” on 6 September 2019. The release occurred while Blink-182 was concurrently touring North America alongside rapper Lil Wayne.

It served as the fifth single released in advance of the album it is featured on, Blink-182’s “Nine”. The single “Blame it on my Youth” is also present on the band’s “Nine” album.

Writing Credits

Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba wrote “I Really Wish I Hated You” along with their other band member, Travis Barker, in addition to Ali Tamposi, Watt and one of the track’s producers, John Feldmann.

And the other co-producer of the song is Tim Pagnotta.

According to Hoppus and Skiba this was the one song on the album which was the most-difficult to complete.

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5 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    I don’t think this is about a girlfriend at all. To me this is all about Tom. Mark is envious that his best friend left the band and found success on his own

  2. ROGE G says:

    Yea wtf?.. not in a bad way but do you really think that?.. i feel like at one point they’re gonna have to get back together

  3. Jessie says:

    In an interview mark said he could see why ppl may think that type of stuff when it comes to songs like i miss you and such that are fairly ambiguous but that this one is very clearly about a romantic love and then added “oh yeah so maybe tom” as a joke and after thought but mark and tom are still very close and i agree id love to see tom back. Matt skiba does a great job and is very talented but the contrast of marks and toms unique voices (esp toms) is what blink is SUPPOSED to sound like. No hard feelings to skiba cause hes great but i have yet to hear a voice like toms especially and he and mark just sounded amazing together not to mention travis’ AMAZING drumming

    • Calvin says:

      I can pre much match toms voice. blink 182 call me. I’ll get a lip ring, idc. If I could sing with you guys it would be a dream come true.

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