“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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