Examples of smash hit
Examples of smash hit
Where does smash hit come from?
We’ve been using the word hit to describe a success of some kind, originally in crime and then the entertainment industry, since the 1810s. Hit, here, nods to hitting the mark, or succeeding at a specific task. The word is especially associated with hit records or TV shows.
It would be the 1900s before smash made the same transition—the word has a force that suggests “excellence.” The Brits were using smash for “a great success” as early as 1906. Think you look absolutely smashing!
The two words combine their power in the intensive smash hit, found as early as an October 1923 Variety headline about two, big-selling Broadway productions.
By the 1940s, the phrase had taken off in reviews of plays, songs, musicals, and books from LIFE to Billboard.
Since then, seldom a headline didn’t call the 1990–2000s Harry Potter books or the 2015 Hamilton musical smash hits.
Who uses smash hit?
Smash hit is still widely used in the entertainment industry in headlines about and reviews of a standout song, movie, musical, book, or show. Industry publications and fans alike use the phrase, almost to the point it’s a critical cliché.
— World Music Awards (@WORLDMUSICAWARD) July 12, 2018
As the phrase ages, it becomes more and more common outside of just entertainment. Anything from jewelry and foods (remember the cronut?) to new smartphones and online video series can be smash hits as long as they get those $$$$$, those ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, those 🖱🖱🖱🖱🖱.
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— Evening Standard (@standardnews) January 12, 2017
Some speakers use smash hit to draw attention to what they see as underappreciated songs, artists, movies, or the like. Even though the work itself might not have been a box office or music chart success when it premiered, the speaker is using smash hit to say that it should have garnered more critical or popular attention.
— COMMON MADONNA FAN (@CommonMadgeFan) January 27, 2017
I completely understand that not everyone will share my taste in music but I think it’s a federal offense to not legitimately enjoy the 2017 smash hit “move” by taemin lee of SM entertainment
— 🌈eddie💖 (@nich0lael) January 30, 2018