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"Crazy for You"
Single by Madonna
from the album Vision Quest (Soundtrack)
B-side "Gambler"
Released March 2, 1985
Format 12" Maxi Single, 7" Single, CD Single, Cassette Single
Genre Pop
Length 4:10
Label Geffen, Warner Bros., CBS (1985)
Sire, Warner Bros.
(1991 Re-issue)
Writer(s) John Bettis (lyricist)
Jon Lind (composer)
Producer John "Jellybean" Benitez
Certification Gold (UK, U.S.)
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"Crazy for You" is a single by American singer-songwriter Madonna for the 1985 film Vision Quest. It also appears remixed on the 1990 compilation album The Immaculate Collection and was re-released on February 24, 1991 by Sire Records to promote the album. In late 1995, it was included on the ballads compilation Something to Remember. The song is one of Madonna's biggest ballad hits, peaking at number one in the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan.


Song information

Upon its original release, the single was backed with Berlin's song, "No More Words", which had already been a top 30 hit in the United States (as an A-side) in 1985, as well as a minor hit in Europe. At the time, Berlin was signed to Geffen Records, who released both the single and the Vision Quest soundtrack.

This was the first of Madonna's UK singles to be released as a shaped picture disc featuring her in a white lace bustier. Madonna performed this song on her Virgin Tour.

In February 1991, the song was re-released with a different cover in the United Kingdom having been included on The Immaculate Collection. Like the rest of the recordings on that compilation, "Crazy For You" was slightly remixed and edited (in this case by Shep Pettibone and Michael Hutchinson). It was this new remix that was released in the UK. The cover of the re-released single was the same photo used on the cover of the U.S. release of "Rescue Me". The cover photograph is from the photoshoot of Madonna's controversial 1990 music video for "Justify My Love", and was taken by Stephane Sednaoui.

"Crazy for You" was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at 1986 Grammy Awards, but lost to Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love for You". The song was ranked number 38 on VH1's "100 Greatest Love Songs", and during the special it was revealed that "Crazy for You" was recorded in one take. In 2003, Madonna fans were asked to vote for their Top 20 Madonna singles of all-time by Q-Magazine. "Crazy for You" was allocated the #11 spot.

Chart performance

"Crazy for You" became Madonna's second number-one hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 16th 1985[1], recognizing one million units sold.1 The song also was a huge hit in many European countries and reached number one in Australia and Japan. "Crazy for You" displaced another Madonna release, "Angel"/"Into the Groove", from the top spot on the Australian chart, making Madonna one of only a handful of acts who have ever replaced themselves at the No.1 spot on the Australian singles chart.[2]

When it was re-released in the UK in 1991, the song entered the chart at number two for two weeks, having previously also peaked at number two on its 1985 release. Combined sales equal 662,481 making it Madonna's fourth best selling single in the UK to date. It was the 15th best-selling single of 1985 in the UK.

Track listing and formats


Original release

Netherlands 12" single
  • A. "Crazy For You" – 4:08
  • B1. "I'll Fall In Love Again" (Sammy Hagar) – 4:11
  • B2. "Only The Young" (Journey) – 4:01
7" single
  • A. "Crazy For You" – 4:08
  • B. "I'll Fall In Love Again" (Sammy Hagar) – 4:11
US 7" single
  • A. "Crazy For You" – 4:08
  • B. "No More Words" (Berlin) – 3:54
US Sire Records Back to Back Hits 7" single
  • A. "Crazy for You" – 4:08
  • B. "Gambler" – 3:54

1990 Re-release

12" single/CD maxi-single
  1. "Crazy For You" (Remix) – 3:45
  2. "Keep It Together" (Shep Pettibone Remix) – 7:45
  3. "Into The Groove" (Shep Pettibone Remix) – 8:06
7" single/Cassingle
  1. "Crazy For You" (Remix) – 3:45
  2. "Keep It Together" (Shep Pettibone Single Remix) – 4:30

Music video

Madonna as a bar singer in the music video for "Crazy For You"

The music video was directed by Vision Quest director Harold Becker. The same video was used again for the UK 1991 re-release. Madonna plays a bar singer in the music video. She shot her performance on November 22, 1983 at the Big Foot Tavern in Spokane, Washington.

  • Director: Harold Becker
  • Producers: Peter Guber, Jon Peters
  • Director of Photography: Owen Roizman
  • Editor: Maury Winetrobe
  • Production Company: Geffen Pictures


Chart (1985) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report 1
Austrian Singles Chart 23
Canadian Singles Chart[3] 1
Dutch Top 40 14
Irish Singles Chart 2
Italian FIMI Singles Chart 15
Eurochart Hot 100 6
German Singles Chart 26
French SNEP Singles Chart 47
Swedish Singles Chart 13
Swiss Singles Chart 16
UK Singles Chart (1985) 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 2
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 80


Country Certification
UK Gold
UK Silver (re-release)
USA Gold1

1 Prior to 1989 the requirement for a gold single was one million units sold

Preceded by
"We Are the World" by USA for Africa
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 11, 1985
Succeeded by
"Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds
Canadian RPM number-one single
May 25, 1985
Preceded by
"Angel"/"Into the Groove" by Madonna
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
July 22, 1985 – August 12, 1985
Succeeded by
"We Don't Need Another Hero by Tina Turner

Live performance

Madonna performed "Crazy For You" on her 1985 The Virgin Tour; in 2004 Re-Invention Tour, she dedicated the song to all her fans who had stuck by her for the last twenty years.


Cover versions

  • Several Filipino acts have recorded their own successful remakes of "Crazy for You" including: Sponge Cola in 2004, Michael Cruz in 2005, M.Y.M.P., on their album New Horizon (2006), and Toni Gonzaga, on the re-release of her album You Complete Me (2006).
  • Blond Ambition did a dance cover for the 2004 compilation Platinum Blonde NRG: Nrgised Madonna Classics.
  • New York City dance music artist SK8 covered the song in 2005. Her version was produced by Chris Cox (DJ).
  • In 2007, Groove Armada recorded a cover with Alan Donohoe of art rock band The Rakes on vocals for the compilation Radio 1 Established in 1967.
  • New Found Glory recorded a punk pop cover of the song with Max Bemis for their 2007 album From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II.
  • A cover of the song by Lion of Panjshir was included on the 2007 Madonna tribute compilation Through the Wilderness.
  • Melissa Totten did a Hi-NRG cover for her 2008 dance album, Forever Madonna.
  • An instrumental version is played in the Full House episode "13 Candles" when Kimmy dares DJ to kiss Kevin at her party."

Live cover performances

  • Japanese singer Ringo Shiina has also covered the song in various live performances.

Appearances in other media



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