I Hate Boys

I Hate Boys

"I Hate Boys"
Bionic
Released June 28, 2010
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010; No Excuses (Los Angeles), The Redlips Room (Beverly Hills)
Genre
Length 2:24
Label RCA
Writer(s)
Producer
Christina Aguilera singles chronology

"You Lost Me"
(2010)
"I Hate Boys"
(2010)
"Show Me How You Burlesque"
(2010)

"I Hate Boys" is a song recorded by American recording artist Christina Aguilera for her sixth studio album, Bionic (2010). The song was written by Aguilera, Ester Dean, William Tyler, Bill Wellings, J. J. Hunter and Jamal "Polow da Don" Jones, who also handled the production of the track. "I Hate Boys" is a pop song, containing elements of electropop, urban pop and synthpop. Lyrically, it is a hate-driven song about ridiculing men.

"I Hate Boys" was released as the second and final single from Bionic in New Zealand and Australia. It was serviced to Australian radio on June 28, 2010, and released as a digital single in Australia and New Zealand on September 3. The song received mixed to favorable response from music critics; some of them called it a "girl anthem", but others felt it has too adolescent lyrics and called it a "filler". Upon the release of Bionic, "I Hate Boys" debuted at number 51 on the Gaon International Singles Chart during the week of June 6, 2010.

Background

Initially, "I Hate Boys" was supposed to be produced by Le Tigre.[1] Group member Johanna Fateman wrote about working with Aguilera on the their official website:

"… While the giant sound of her stacked vocals and the pop sheen she lends to the tracks might seem at odds with Le Tigre’s aesthetic roots, it really works. The songs have a lot of elements we’re known for, like a garage guitar sound, schoolyard chants, new wave-y synths, electro beats, and somehow it all sounds crazily right with Christina's unbelievable voice."[1]

However, it was later revealed that the song was produced by Polow da Don and that Le Tigre only produced the song "My Girls".[2] Polow da Don talked about working with Aguilera in a Billboard interview, stating: "There's two things you need to know about Christina Aguilera: The first is that, as far as her singing goes, she's a professionally trained animal. And the other is that she knows exactly, absolutely what she wants."[3]

After "Not Myself Tonight", the song was released as the second single of the album in Australia and New Zealand.[4][5] A digital single was released on the iTunes Store on September 3, 2010.[4][5]

Composition

Christina Aguilera – "I Hate Boys"
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A 30 second sample of "I Hate Boys". It is an electro-glam song, featuring a gang chants in the background, which talks about hating all men.[2][6][7] On the chorus, she sings "I hate boys, but boys love me, I think they suck and my friends agree."[8]

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"I Hate Boys" was written by Aguilera, Jamal Jones, Ester Dean, William Tyler, Bill Wellings and J. J. Hunter, while production was handled by Polow da Don.[9] Don has worked with Aguilera on the previous singles "Not Myself Tonight" and "Woohoo".[2] "I Hate Boys" contains a sample from the 1973 track "Jungle Juice", by UK electronic act Elektrik Cokernut from their album Go Moog!.[10] It is an uptempo pop song with synthpop,[2] electropop and urban pop, featuring a gang chants in the background.[2] Lyrically, "I Hate Boys" is a hate-driven song about ridiculing all men.[7] It begins with a drum beat similar to Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" (2008), according to Idolator's Becky Bain, which also wrote that "it sounds almost directly inspired by the trash-talk obnoxiousness found in Avril Lavigne’s "Girlfriend."[7]

Critical reception

According to music critics, the song is inspired by Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" (right) and Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" (left) .

"I Hate Boys" generally received mixed from music critics. In a positive way, Leslie Simon of MTV Buzzworthy wrote that the track is "a fun, highly synth-pop gum-smacking, girls-night-out rally anthem."[2] Melinda Newman of HitFix called it a "pure pop infectious silliness."[11] Daily Star described the song as "a glam-rock stomp with a deceptively simple chorus that will have schoolgirls singing at the top of their lungs."[12] Mesfin Fekadu from Boston Globe praised the song, writing, "The male-bashing 'I Hate Boys' has the right mix of energy and sass that Aguilera somewhat lacks throughout the album."[13] The Scotsman wrote that the song is an "electro glam" that "throwaway fun."[6] Allison Stewart from The Washington Post referred to it as a "tame, hand-clappy pop song" and compared the track to Gwen Stefani's songs.[14]

TJ of Neon Limelight gave a mixed review, calling it "sassy" but "would work better for an artist at least a decade younger than Aguilera", with its "painfully adolescent lyrics".[8] Becky Bain of Idolator wrote, "It’s one of those pandering songs that will no doubt have young girls singing along, particularly the chorus, but it’s a lazy one that leaves rubs us the wrong way."[7] Brad Steirn from "MuuMuse" named it a "filler, including the noisy, childish chant."[15] Greg Kot of Chicago Tribune commented that "it's the kind of trite glitter-disco might’ve dispensed", while comparing it to Spice Girls' songs.[16] Eric Henderson gave to the song a negative review, writing, "Considering 'I Hate Boys' is closer than I ever thought Christina would ever come to recording a Daphne Aguilera track, it's ironically also one of many tracks on Bionic that sound tailor-made to accompany the opening credits of Johnny Weir's forthcoming reality show."[17]

Track listing

  • Digital download[4]
  1. "I Hate Boys" – 2:24
  2. "Not Myself Tonight" (Laidback Luke Radio Edit) – 3:39

Credits and personnel

Recording locations
  • Recording – No Excuses, Los Angeles, California
  • Vocal recording – The Red Lip's Room, Beverly Hills, California
Personnel
  • Songwriting – Christina Aguilera, Jamal Jones, Ester Dean, William Tyler, Bill Wellings, J. J. Hunter
  • Production – Polow da Don
  • Mixing – Jaycen Joshua

Source: [18]

Charts

Upon the release of the album Bionic, "I Hate Boys" debuted at number 51 on the Gaon International Downloads Chart on the chart issue of June 6, 2010.[19]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Gaon International Downloads Chart[19] 51

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Australia[20] June 28, 2010 Contemporary hit radio Sony Music Entertainment
New Zealand[5] September 3, 2010 Digital download RCA Records
Australia[4]

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