Why Do You Love Me (3:52)

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“Why Do You Love Me” is a 2005 song by Garbage and was the lead single from their fourth album Bleed Like Me. The single charted in both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Top Ten, their first single to do so in either chart since 1999.

The success of “Why Do You Love Me” enabled Garbage to post some of the highest debuts of their career, with Bleed Like Me reaching the top 10 in many countries worldwide. In 2007, “Why Do You Love Me” was remastered and included on Garbage’s greatest hits album Absolute Garbage.

“Why Do You Love Me” was written and recorded at Smart Studios during the 2004 sessions for Bleed Like Me. The song was incorrectly titled on an ‘album news update’ as “Why Don’t You Love Me” on the band’s website in May 2004. Drums on “Why Do You Love Me” were performed by Matt Walker and bass was performed by Justin Meldal-Johnsen.

“Why Do You Love Me” was decided as the first single by Garbage’s new record companies. The band, which had previously selected singles themselves, were nonetheless happy with the choice and the song was released to radio in February 2005 as the first cut from Bleed Like Me.

The single officially premiered in the United Kingdom on the BBC Radio 1 Jo Whiley show on Friday, 18 February. It was playlisted by XFM at the end of February and made XFM’s single of the week upon its release. It was added to the Radio 1’s C-List on 17 March. On 10 April, it debuted at #7 on the UK Singles Chart, making it Garbage’s second-highest charting single in the UK (after “Stupid Girl”, which reached #4).

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