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Black Sabbath Singer Derails President's Use Of His Hit But There Are Dozens Of Other Crazy Songs Available

Updated on July 2, 2019

Simon Made The List Without Garfunkel


Instead of Crazy Eight, Here Are The Crazy Dozen

During the first round of the Democrat debate last week, President Donald Trump referred to it as the "a Crazy Train" as in the background could be heard a segment of the hit of the same name by Ozzy Osbourne. The former front man of Black Sabbath was apparently not flattered that his song had been applied in that regard, and he promptly posted notice that Trump was not to use it in his campaign or for any other reason without the permission of the artist.

The President should not worry, though, since there are plenty of other musical vehicles he could use for his intended theme. Many songs contain the word crazy in their titles, and here are a dozen of them.

I have chosen to exclude Aerosmith's "Crazy" from the list, as well as the one by Patsy Cline. I am crazy about both of them, but my list comprises titles with more than one word.

1. Crazy Love by Van Morrison or Poco

Moondance is the home of the former, but the latter actually had a bigger hit with a different song a decade later.

2. Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon

Highlighted by his collaboration with Art Garfunkel on "My Little Town" and the title track, this record was nominated for a Grammy for album of the year.

3. Boys Go Crazy by the Knack

Although chart success eluded this second follow up to "My Sharona" and the debut album, Round Trip is by far the quartet's most enduring LP because of tracks like this one.

4. Crazy on You by Heart

Ann and Nancy Wilson hit it big with their debut album, primarily because of this classic and "Magic Man."

5. Mama Weer All Crazee Now by Slade

Quiet Riot made a lot more noise on the charts with their version, but the original is still far superior.

6. Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd

Syd Barrett, who had left the group before Dark Side of the Moon, is the subject being addressed in this instrumental from that album.

7. I Go Crazy by Paul Young

"When I look in your eyes,"Young sings in the chorus of this Top Ten hit. "I still go crazy."

8. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend by Miranda Lambert

Probably this title concept is a modern equivalent of a woman scorned, and either one makes for great song material.

9. Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen

Freddy Mercury does his best Elvis Presley imitation on this huge hit from The Game, the album that also spawned "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Need Your Loving Tonight."

10. Crazy Fingers by the Grateful Dead

Few songs are as poetic as this classic, as evidenced by just the opening lines alone: "Your rain falls like crazy fingers, Peals of fragile thunder keeping time."

11. Make Them Crazy by John Gorka

Old Futures Gone is arguably the folk singer's deepest album, and this track stands out because of Gorka's wry, drawn out enunciation of "sag" in the chorus.

12. Beat Crazy by Joe Jackson

Believe it or not this title track is the only song in which Jackson himself does not do lead vocals, as he relegated that role to his excellent bass player Graham Maby.


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