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"Crazy on You" is the debut American single from the rock band Heart. It was the first single following the release of their debut album Dreamboat Annie, released in 1976 (two earlier Canadian singles had preceeded the release of the album). Starting with an acoustic guitar intro called "Silver Wheels",[1] the song turns into fast-paced rock song that was the signature sound of the band in their early years. "Crazy on You" attracted attention both for the relatively unusual combination of an acoustic guitar paired with an electric guitar, and the fact that the acoustic guitarist was a female – a rarity in rock music during that time. According to co-writer/guitarist Nancy Wilson on an episode of In the Studio with Redbeard (which devoted an entire episode to the Dreamboat Annie album), the rapid acoustic rhythm part was inspired by The Moody Blues song "Question".

The song's lyrics tell of a person's desire to forget all the problems of the world during one night of passion. During an interview on Private SessionsAnn Wilson revealed the song was written in response to the stress caused by the Vietnam War and social unrest in the United States in the early seventies.

"Crazy on You" became the band's first commercial hit, peaking at #35 on the charts in the summer of 1976. Despite its modest chart performance, "Crazy on You" remains one of Heart's signature songs and is still a staple on U.S. classic rock radio stations. In late 1977, Mushroom Records re-released the single with the same catalog number and B-Side. This re-release peaked at #62 on the Hot 100 in early 1978. In the Netherlands, it reached number two on the singles chart in March 1977. The single's B-side, "Dreamboat Annie", was later released on its own as an A-side.

In 2013, the original lineup of the band performed the song for their induction into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, their first performance together in over thirty years.


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Original release[edit][]

Chart (1976) Peak


Australian Singles Chart[citation needed] 70
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 13
Canadian Singles Chart[2] 25
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 4
French Singles Chart[citation needed] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 35

1978 Re-issue[edit][]

Chart (1978) Peak


Canadian Singles Chart[2] 68
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5][6] 62

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