George Thorogood & the Destroyers
Bad To The Bone
“Bad to the Bone” is a song by George Thorogood and the Destroyers released in 1982 on the album of the same name. While it was not a major hit on initial release, its video made recurrent appearances on the nascent MTV, which was created a year before. Licensing for films, television, and commercials has since made “Bad to the Bone” better recognized.
The song’s roots can be traced back to rock and roll musician Bo Diddley‘s song “I’m a Man“, which uses a similar guitar riff and vocal rhythm, and has a similar overall structure, as well as Muddy Waters‘s “Mannish Boy” or “Hoochie Coochie Man”, John Lee Hooker‘s “I’m Bad Like Jesse James”, and Johnny “Guitar” Watson‘s “Gangster of Love“. The riff is also very similar to the one from Chuck Berry’s song “No Money Down” as well as Elvis Presley‘s “Trouble“.