"Hurts So Good" is a song from 1982 by the American singer-songwriter John Mellencamp, then performing as "John Cougar." The song was a number two hit on the Billboard Hot 100  for the singer/songwriter. It was the first of three major hit singles from his 1982 album American Fool. The others were "Jack & Diane" and "Hand to Hold On To," which were all released in 1982.
The song was written by Mellencamp and George Green, a childhood friend. The song was first conceived, Mellencamp claims, in his shower and the first lines created were those of thechorus written by Mellencamp. He then repeated the lines to Green and they finished the song very quickly.
The song was recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, California and was engineered by Don Gehman and George Tutko. Backing Mellencamp were Larry Crane & Mike Wanchic (guitars, backing vocals), Kenny Aronoff (drums), George "Chocolate" Perry (bass) and Dave Parman (backing vocals).
The song hit number one on Billboard's Hot Tracks mainstream rock chart. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 on 7 August 1982 and, although it failed to make number one, it spent 16 weeks in the top 10, the longest time for any song in the 1980s. It was kept off the top spot by "Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor. The song was listed at #83 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time. The song also reached #39 on the New Zealand Top 50. The song was also a hit in Canada reaching #3 on RPM magazine's Top 50 Singles chart.