Verdammt, ich lieb' dich

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"Verdammt, ich lieb' dich"
Single by Matthias Reim
from the album Reim
B-side Maskenball
Released 1990 (1990)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD
Genre Schlager
Length 3:40 (single version)
4:09 (Vollgas Mix)
4:49 (Schmusemix)
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Bernd Dietrich, Matthias Reim
Producer Bernd Dietrich, Matthias Reim
Matthias Reim singles chronology
"Verdammt, ich lieb' dich"
"Ich hab' geträumt von dir"

"Verdammt, ich lieb' dich" is a 1990 song by German singer-songwriter Matthias Reim, from his debut album Reim. The song was Reim's first single, and remains his biggest hit, reaching the number-one spot in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. In Germany it spent 16 consecutive weeks at the top of the charts, equalling the record set by Boney M.'s "Rivers of Babylon".[1] It is certified Platinum in Germany[2] The song's title means "Damn, I love you".

Chart performance

Chart (1990) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 1
Dutch GfK chart[4] 1
Dutch Top 40[5] 1
German Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart[6] 1
Preceded by
"Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor
German number-one single
18 May 1990 - 6 September 1990 (16 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tom's Diner" by DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
Preceded by
"Un'estate italiana" by Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini
Swiss number-one single
8 July 1990 - 6 October 1990 (13 weeks)
Succeeded by
"It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette
Preceded by
"I Promised Myself" by Nick Kamen
Austrian number-one single
15 July 1990 - 6 October 1990 (12 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tom's Diner" by DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
Preceded by
"I've Been Thinking About You" by Londonbeat
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
6 October 1990 - 2 November 1990 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Joker" by Steve Miller Band

Cover versions

  • In 1991 German punkband Planlos recorded a version of the song [7]
  • A cover version with English lyrics was made in 2000 by Baracuda, with the title "Damn! (Remember the Time)".
  • In 2002, the Polish version of the song was called "Kochaj mnie Kochaj" recorded by two-fold Polish representatives in the Eurovision Song Contest namely the group Ich Troje.
  • In 2005, bilingual German singer Dennie Christian released a Dutch version called "Dit is liefde" ( This is love )[8]
  • The song was covered by Sha in 2007.
  • In April of 2006, Reim declared bankruptcy due to a debt of 12.5 million euros. To help cover his costs, in August 2007 he parodied his own song with Verdammt ich hab‘ nix, ich miet‘ bei Sixt, which reached 66 on the German charts. [9]