Madonna is no stranger to this countdown, with Crazy For You marking her fourth appearance already, joining Papa Don’t Preach (No. 96), Borderline (88) and Like A Prayer (84). Here’s a spoiler alert—this isn’t quite the last you’ll see of Madonna either.
While she’s far better known for delivering pop records that govern clubs and dance floors everywhere, she’s also been known to dispense a powerful ballad jam or two along the way. Crazy For You was actually Madonna’s first big departure from her signature dance sound—-and man did it ever work.
The single was the highlight on the soundtrack for a lousy film called Vision Quest that starred Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino and featured a small acting part by Madonna herself.
I mean, who gives a shit about the lousy movie. This song is a balladeering chef-d’oeuvre as far as I’m concerned. In my opinion, this is the ditty coupled with many of her up tempo tracks that firmly established Madonna as a serious all-around adult contemporary singer.
It’s some of her best work—and gave my 14-year old self the ability to imagine she was singing it to me.
Chart Success: Crazy For You reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 because of course it did. It stayed on the chart for 21 weeks and finished ninth on the year-end Billboard Hot 100 for 1985.
Great Lyrics: The song was co-written by John Bettis and Jon Lind. The pair had plenty of success in the songwriting game, with Lind co-writing one of my favorite slow jams, Save the Best For Last (sung by Vanessa Williams).
“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.”
Fun Fact: This was Madonna’s second number-one hit, following Like a Virgin. Incredibly she’s charted 12 billboard number-one hits in her career. Crazy For You was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance, but she lost out to Whitney Houston (Saving All My Love For You).
100. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can D0)
99. Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgetting
97. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Does Is Magic
96. Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
94. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
93. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
92. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
89. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
87. Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat
86. Glen Mederios – Nothing’s Going To Change My Love For You
85. John Cougar – Jack and Diane
81. Billy Squier – Everybody Wants You
79. Shelia E. – The Glamorous Life
77. Whitney Houston – Greatest Love Of All
76. Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say
75. Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
74. Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It
73. Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie
72. The Police – Every Breathe You Take
71. Survivor – The Search Is Over
70. REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You
68. Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel
67. Kenny Loggins – Meet Me Halfway
66. Irene Cara – Flashdance…What A Feeling
65. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
64. Phil Collins – One More Night
63. Europe – The Final Countdown
62. Patrick Swazye – She’s Like The Wind
61. Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride
60. Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
59. Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
58. Huey Lewis & The News – Power Of Love