Song of the Day, February 29: Crazy For You by Madonna

MadonnaCrazy4UToday’s song helped cement Madonna’s position as a superstar. When producers Jon Peters and Peter Gruber were assembling the soundtrack for the movie VisionQuest, they decided that the singer would be perfect. They commissioned a song from John Bettis and Jon Lind, who drew inspiration the meeting of the movie’s lead characters in a nightclub. Longtime Madonna collaborator Jellybean Benitez was brought in to produce the track. His dance-pop background was at odds with the ballad, but eventually the whole team turned out a version that satisfied.

Madonna’s label was reluctant to allow Crazy For You to be released as a single, worried about competition with releases from her Like A Virgin. They eventually acquiesced, and the result was Madonna’s second #1. Musically different, the slow-burn ballad allowed her to show off some versatility while the lyrical innuendo fit perfectly with her persona and style. The song debuted at #55 on March 2, 1985 and rose steadily, cracking the Top 10 in its fifth week with an impressive #20 to #9 leap. It soared to #4, #3, and #2, then got stuck behind the We Are the World juggernaut for three weeks. Just when it looked like the single had lost steam, it sneaked to the top for one week, then spent a final week at #2 before easing down the charts. Despite its lone week at #1, the song’s longevity and runner-up persistence brought it in at #9 for the year.

Enjoy this charming single today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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