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Rock Rewind: The Romantics “What I Like About You”

“What I Like About You” is one of those songs that almost everyone recognizes in popular culture, but a lot of people don’t know where it comes from. It’s also one of those songs that, to our ears, sounds almost timeless—like it’s a rock song that simply been around forever.

So here’s the low-down on it, in case you’re one of those people. “What I Like About You” was first released in 1980 by a band called The Romantics, straight out of the Detroit punk scene. As it turns out, there is plenty of history associated with this song. It was released as a music video in the earliest days of MTV; it was also one of the earliest examples of how song placements in commercials and movies can influence a song’s success. “What I Like About You” only made it to #49 on the Billboard Hot 100, but when Budweiser started using it in commercials almost 10 years after its release, it rapidly became a pop culture staple. Since then, the song has appeared in seemingly countless movie soundtracks and commercials, and covered by more bands than you can shake a stick at.

The video below is the original version of the song, played by The Romantics, the original band who wrote and performed it. This is a great piece of rock and roll history, and a prime example of how something as simple as three chords and a solid beat can stick in our brains and get our feet dancing.

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About the Author


Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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