On May 11 1985, Crazy For You hit number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. for one week. The track had spent the two previous weeks in the runner-up position behind the all-star single, We Are The World. In Canada, Crazy For You took a few weeks longer but also managed to displace USA For Africa’s charity track to become the county’s number-one single on May 25th.
The song was Madonna’s second chart-topping hit, and her first ballad to be released as a single.
On February 24 1991, Madonna’s Crazy For You was re-released to promote The Immaculate Collection in the UK.
The song was originally released in the United Kingdom on June 8, 1985, it debuted at number 25 and peaked at number two. The re-release again reached a peak of number two.
The CD single included remixed versions of Crazy For You, Keep It Together and Into The Groove.
On February 4 2012, Kelly Clarkson performed a cover of Madonna’s Crazy For You at the Riverdome in Bossier City, Louisiana.
What are your favourite covers of Madonna songs?
On November 7 1995, Madonna’s “Something To Remember” greatest ballad hits collection was released. The collection was released on different dates in different markets.
Described as a “love letter from Madonna to her fans and music lovers alike” in the album’s liner note, Madonna further explained:
So much controversy has swirled around my career this past decade that very little attention ever gets paid to my music. The songs are all but forgotten. While I have no regrets regarding the choices I’ve made artistically, I’ve learned to appreciate the idea of doing things in a simpler way. So without a lot of fanfare, without any distractions, I present to you this collection of ballads. Some are old, some are new. All of them are from my heart.
“Something To Remember” included the following songs:
I Want You
Take A Bow
Crazy for You
This Used to Be My Playground
Live to Tell
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Remix)
Something to Remember
One More Chance
I Want You (Orchestral)
The Japanese release included “La Isla Bonita”.
The Latin release included “Verás” the Spanish version of “You’ll See”.
On October 3 1985, Madonna’s second single from the motion picture “Vision Quest“, “Gambler” was released by Geffen Records in select markets.
“Gambler” was entirely self-written by Madonna and produced by John “Jellybean” Benitez.
“Gambler” was never released in the United States, but it went to #4 in the UK. The single also reached the top-ten in the charts of Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Ireland, Netherlands and Norway.
The music video for the song is an excerpt from the film.
Madonna has performed the song only once, on her “Virgin Tour” in 1985.
Alex Henderson from Allmusic called the song “an ultra-infectious gem that, unfortunately, isn’t on any of the Material Girl’s CDs” and felt that “Gambler” should have been a big hit.
Would you like to see Madonna perform “Gambler” on a future concert tour?
On April 27 1985, Madonna’s Angel debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at 48, while her previous single Crazy for You was at number-two on the chart.
After ten weeks, Angel reached a peak position of five on the chart. The song tied Madonna with Olivia Newton-John, as the female artist with most top-five hits on the Hot 100 at that time. It was ranked at 75 on the year end chart for 1985.
On March 2 1985, Madonna’s first single from the Vision Quest soundtrack, Crazy For You, was released.
Crazy For You later appeared on Madonna’s greatest hits collection, The Immaculate Collection. It was also included on her greatest ballads collection, Something To Remember and later on her career spanning hit collection, Celebration.
Swaying room as the music starts
Strangers making the most of the dark
Two by two their bodies become one
I see you through the smokey air
Can’t you feel the weight of my stare
You’re so close but still a world away
What I’m dying to say, is that
I’m crazy for you
Touch me once and you’ll know it’s true
I never wanted anyone like this
It’s all brand new, you’ll feel it in my kiss
I’m crazy for you, crazy for you
Trying hard to control my heart
I walk over to where you are
Eye to eye we need no words at all
Slowly now we begin to move
Every breath I’m deeper into you
Soon we two are standing still in time
If you read my mind, you’ll see
It’s all brand new, I’m crazy for you
And you know it’s true
I’m crazy, crazy for you