Pat Benatar Shares Why She Stopped Singing 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot'

Taylor Sakellis
pat benatar singing on stage in march 2020
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Pat Benatar is a real tough cookie with a long history of standing up for what she believes in. The iconic '80s songstress is speaking out against gun violence by refusing to sing her (arguably) biggest hit, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." Released in 1980, the song hit #9 on the Billboard Top 100.

While chatting with USA Today, the 69-year-old revealed why she made the decision.

Speaking about her latest tour, the rocker explained why she wouldn't be singing one of her most iconic songs.

And we’re not doing 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot' and fans are having a heart attack and I’m like, I’m sorry, in deference to the victims of the families of these mass shootings, I’m not singing it."

"I tell them, if you want to hear the song, go home and listen to it."

While fans of the song know "[the title] is tongue-in-cheek" Pat argued that "you have to draw the line" and be aware of the lyrics.

"I can't say those words out loud with a smile on my face, I just can't," she said, adding that the decision to stop singing the song is her way of standing up for what she believes in.

"I’m not going to go on stage and soapbox – I go to my legislators – but that’s my small contribution to protesting."

"I’m not going to sing it. Tough," she added.

Pat assured fans, however, that she would continue to sing other hits from her career, including "We Belong" and "Heartbreaker."

"We have what we call the 'holy 14,' songs that if we don’t play them, you’ll give us (a hard time)" she explained.

Good on you Pat for sticking up for what you believe in!

h/t: USA Today