Crazy Horses

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"Crazy Horses"
Single by The Osmonds
from the album Crazy Horses
B-side "That's My Girl"
Released 1972
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 2:40
Label MGM
Writer(s) Alan Osmond,
Merrill Osmond,
Wayne Osmond
Producer(s) Alan Osmond,
Michael Lloyd
The Osmonds singles chronology
"We Can Make it Together"
(with Steve and Eydie)
"Crazy Horses"
"Goin' Home"

"Crazy Horses" is a 1972 hit by The Osmonds reaching number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100[1] and number 2 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] The song is claimed to be a protest about the amount of pollution created by cars.[3] It is a heavy rock style which was a major stylistic departure from the type of music The Osmonds were known for. It is one of their best known hits and has been covered by numerous other bands including The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Mission, Tank, Lawnmower Deth, Neal Morse, The Frames, KMFDM, Electric Six, Lifescreen and Morse Portnoy George.[4] Westlife covered the song live in 2003, and even performed the song alongside Donny Osmond. The song was also covered by Tigertailz on the 2010 live album Bezerk: Live...Burnin' Fuel. The song was also covered by Mat Sinner on the solo album Back to the Bullet 1990. Donny Osmond performs the song frequently on his tours.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972/1973) Peak
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[5] 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles[6] 12
Dutch GfK chart[7] 1
Dutch Top 40 1
Irish Singles Chart[8] 17
Swiss Singles Chart[9] 5
UK Singles Chart[2] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 14
Preceded by
"Ich hab' die Liebe geseh'n" by Vicky Leandros
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
December 16, 1972 (1972-12-16) – February 2, 1973 (1973-02-02) (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Block Buster!" by The Sweet


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  3. ^ "Crazy Horses by The Osmonds Songfacts". Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  4. ^ " - database with cover versions and musical quotations". Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  5. ^ (Retrieved September 17, 2012)
  6. ^ "RPM Volume 18 No. 16, December 02 1972". Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  7. ^ " - The Osmonds - Crazy Horses" (in Dutch). Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  8. ^ " search results". Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "The Osmonds - Crazy Horses -" (in German). Retrieved 13 August 2009.