“Love Hurts” is the third Europe single from Incubus’ sixth album, Light Grenades, and is the fourth U.S. single (“Oil And Water” were released as the third single in the U.S.). The song received moderate airplay in European countries. The single was released for airplay in the United States over a year after the previous single, “Oil and Water”, and nearly two years following the album’s release. It became a surprise hit for the band in the U.S., topping the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, becoming their fourth song to do so. It was officially released the first week of October 2008.
There is an acoustic version of “Love Hurts” available for those who buy the “Anna Molly” single, or those who bought the Best Buy Light Grenades three-track promo.
In a recent interview with Incubus, Brandon Boyd expressed his thoughts on the song:
It’s almost a little bit of a cliché. It is talking about the idea of love and finding love and having it be pure and not tainted by our misperceptions, misconceptions, expectations and transcending the sort of more worldly aspects of the love experience.
An unofficial video from a live concert (with audio of the studio track dubbed over the live performance) was released for the song on March 23, 2007. No official video was made for this song.
“Love Hurts” was released to alternative radio in October 2008, and hit number one on Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart for the week ending February 21, 2009. It joins “Drive”, “Megalomaniac”, and “Anna Molly” as one of four songs by the band to top the chart, and their only secondary single from an album era to accomplish this feat. It outpaced previous singles from Light Grenades, “Oil And Water” and “Dig”. It has also reached number one on Mediabase’s Alternative airplay chart. It has charted on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles at #13 (equivalent to #113 on the Billboard Hot 100).