Gnash:I Hate U, I Love U

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"I Hate U, I Love U"
I hate u, i love u.jpg
Single by Gnash featuring Olivia O'Brien
from the album Us
Released February 16, 2017
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015
Genre Pop rap
Length 3:46
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Garrett Nash
  • Olivia O'Brien
Producer(s) Gnash
Gnash singles chronology
"Come Back"
(2016)
"I Hate U, I Love U"
(2017)
"Something"
(2016)

"Come Back"
(2016)
"I Hate U, I Love U"
(2016)
"Something"
(2016)
Peaked @ #10 on October, 22, 2017

Los Angeles singer-producer Gnash paired up with Bay Area singer-songwriter Olivia O'Brien to create this song. O'Brien originally wrote the track and already had a working relationship with Gnash having covered his tune "Disposable." They met up in LA and Gnash reworked the beat and added a verse. Released as a single, it became the first chart-topper in Australia for both artists. The song is about the aftermath of a break-up when both parties are still missing each other. While O'Brien is still in the same emotional place as when they broke up, Gnash has partly been able to move on. He sings:

I know that I control my thoughts and I should stop reminiscing But I learned from my dad that it's good to have feelings When love and trust are gone I guess this is moving on

Gnash explained in a Genius.com attribution: "I never really felt what moving on felt like, even after the first time we broke up, because the door never really closed. This time because I'm deciding to I'm actually feeling it and it sucks. This is actually also a reference to the line 'I guess this is growing up' in Dammit by Blink-182." Olivia O'Brien told ABC Radio that she originally wrote the song as she was "sad about a boy." She added, "I have hundreds of songs from my freshman year... where I would just write about all the boys I liked... and they're all so bad! This one just turned out to be good!"

Music video

The music video for "I Hate U, I Love U" premiered on March 7, 2016.

Lyrics

I hate you I love you
I hate that I love you
Don't want to, but I can't put
Nobody else above you
I hate you I love you
I hate that I want you
You want her, you need her
And I'll never be her

Feeling used, but I'm
Still missing you and I can't
See the end of this just wanna feel your kiss
Against my lips and now all this time
Is passing by, but I still can't seem to tell you why
It hurts me every time I see you
Realize how much I need you

I hate you I love you
I hate that I love you
Don't want to, but I can't put
Nobody else above you
I hate you I love you
I hate that I want you
You want her, you need her
And I'll never be her

Oh oh, keep it on the low
You're still in love with me but your friends don't know
If u wanted me you would just say so
And if I were you, I would never let me go
I don't mean no harm, I just miss you on my arm
Wedding bells were just alarms caution tape around my heart
I miss you when I can't sleep
Or right after coffee or right when I can't eat
I miss you in my front seat
Still got sand in my sweaters from nights we don't remember
Do you miss me like I miss you?
Fucked around and got attached to you
Friends can break your heart too
And I'm always tired but never of you
When love and trust are gone
I guess this is moving on
Everyone I do right does me wrong
So every lonely night, I sing this song

I hate you I love you
I hate that I love you
Don't want to, but I can't put
Nobody else above you
I hate you I love you
I hate that I want you
You want her, you need her
And I'll never be her

All alone I watch you watch her
Like she's the only girl you've ever seen
You don't care you never did
You don't give a damn about me
Yeah all alone I watch you watch her
She's the only thing you've ever seen
How is it you never notice
That you are slowly killing me

I hate you I love you
I hate that I love you
Don't want to, but I can't put
Nobody else above you
I hate you I love you
I hate that I want you
You want her, you need her
And I'll never be her


Weekly charts

Chart (2016) Peak
position
May 7, 2016 93
May 14, 2016 96
May 21, 2016 99
May 28, 2016 out
June 4, 2016 out
78
June 18, 2016 76
June 25, 2016 59
July 2, 2016 59
July 9, 2016 61
July 16, 2016 69
July 23, 2016 55
July 30, 2016 60
August 6, 2016 50
August 13, 2016 35
August 20, 2016 27
August 27, 2016 27
September 3, 2016 31
September 10, 2016 28
September 17, 2016 25
September 24, 2016 23
October 1, 2016 22
October 8, 2016 23
October 15, 2016 18
October 22, 2016 13
October 29, 2016 10
November 5, 2016 12
November 12, 2016 11
November 19, 2016 10
November 26, 2016 13
December 3, 2016 11
December 10, 2016 11
December 17, 2016 14
December 24, 2016 13
December 31, 2016 16
January 7, 2017 25
January 14, 2017 31
January 21, 2017 31
January 28, 2017 33
February 4, 2017 41