Can't Stand Me Now

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"Can't Stand Me Now"
Single by The Libertines
from the album The Libertines
Released9 August 2004
FormatCD, 7"
GenreGarage rock
LabelRough Trade Records
Songwriter(s)Peter Doherty, Carl Barât, Richard Hammerton
Producer(s)Mick Jones
The Libertines singles chronology
"Don't Look Back into the Sun"
"Can't Stand Me Now"
"What Became of the Likely Lads"

"Can't Stand Me Now" is the first single from The Libertines' eponymous second album. The song was their biggest hit, and peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart and number 28 on the Irish Singles Chart. In the United Kingdom, it is their second highest-selling single after "Don't Look Back into the Sun".[1]


The song was written by Carl Barât and Pete Doherty with Mark Keds (also known as Mark Myers and credited on this track as Mark Hammerton) who was previously in a number of bands including Senseless Things, The Wildhearts and Jolt. The song is autobiographical, documenting the breakdown of Doherty and Barât's relationship which led to the ultimate split of the band later in the same year.


The song received some exposure in the United States; WFNX in Boston debuted the song by playing it twice back-to-back before its official radio airplay release.[citation needed]

The promotional video for the song was filmed at one of the band's gigs at the Kentish Town Forum at the end of 2003 and was directed by ex-The Jesus and Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart.[citation needed] The song was also featured in the third episode of the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, "Ghost Machine", in 2006.[citation needed] It is featured in the EA Sports game Rugby 2005. It also features on the UK version of SingStar Vol. 2.[citation needed]


In May 2007, NME placed "Can't Stand Me Now" at number 13 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.[2] NME also named the song as the best track of 2004. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 26 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[3]

Cover artwork[edit]

The cover art features an orange X and yellow background (CD 1) / blue X and green brushed background (CD 2) cover art by Sophie Thunder. The CD is a black disc with the orange X graphic (CD 1) / white disc with the blue X graphic (CD 2) from cover art, track listing and Rough Trade logo in orange / blue, and black on white / white on black 'THE LIBERTINES' logo. Back cover is a silhouette, black-and-white photograph by Sophie Thunder of Pete and Carl standing in front of a window smoking a cigarette.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Can't Stand Me Now" (Doherty / Barât / Richard Hammerton) – 3:27
  2. "(I've Got) Sweets" (Doherty / Barât) – 3:04

CD 1

  1. "Can't Stand Me Now" (Doherty / Barât / Richard Hammerton) – 3:27
  2. "Cyclops" (Doherty / Barât / Peter Wolfe) – 4:48
  3. "Dilly Boys" (Doherty / Barât) – 3:07
  4. Can't Stand Me Now (music video)

CD 2

  1. "Can't Stand Me Now" (Doherty / Barât / Richard Hammerton) – 3:27
  2. "Never Never" (Doherty / Barât) – 2:25
  3. "All At Sea" (Doherty) – 2:50
    • Available on US version



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Gold 400,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "BRIT Certified". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 20 December 2018. Type Libertines in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  2. ^ "The Greatest Indie Anthems Ever - Number One is getting close". NME. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2007.
  3. ^ 150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years | NME.COM
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Can't Stand Me Now". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  8. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2004" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  9. ^ "British single certifications – Libertines – Can't Stand Me Now". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 13 November 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Can't Stand Me Now in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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