Burnin' for You

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"Burnin' for You"
Single by Blue Öyster Cult
from the album Fire of Unknown Origin
Released July, 1981 (Debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 the week ending August 15)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1981
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:45 (single edit)
4:29 (album version)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Donald Roeser, Richard Meltzer
Producer(s) Martin Birch
Blue Öyster Cult singles chronology
"In Thee"
"Burnin' for You"
"Joan Crawford"

"Burnin' for You" is a hit song by American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, from their Platinum Fire of Unknown Origin album, released in 1981.

It hit #1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart, and the single spent three weeks in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was aided by a popular early MTV music video.[1] The song, like BOC's other hit songs "Godzilla" and "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", was sung by guitarist Buck Dharma, who also co-wrote the song.

The song was on the 2001 Clear Channel memorandum banned songs-list after 9/11.


  • Mike Watt covered this song on the compilation Guilt by Association Vol. 1. It is a compilation album released September 4, 2007 by Engine Room Recordings. It features indie rock artists covering well-known pop and R&B songs.[3]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
Canada (RPM)[4] 47
US Billboard Hot 100 40
US Billboard Rock Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 69.
  2. ^ allmusic Tribute to the Gods > Overview
  3. ^ Guilt by Association Vol. 1
  4. ^ Canadian peak