Crimes of Passion (Pat Benatar album)

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Crimes of Passion
Studio album by Pat Benatar
Released August 5, 1980 (Debuted on the album chart the week ending August 23)
Recorded 1980, Sound City Studios
Genre Hard rock[1]
Length 36:07
Label Chrysalis
Producer Keith Olsen
Pat Benatar chronology
In the Heat of the Night
Crimes of Passion
Precious Time
Singles from Crimes of Passion
  1. "You Better Run"
    Released: July 8, 1980
  2. "Hit Me with Your Best Shot"
    Released: September 15, 1980
  3. "Treat Me Right"
    Released: December 29, 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[3]

Crimes of Passion is the second studio album by American rock singer Pat Benatar, released on August 5, 1980 by Chrysalis Records.

It held at #2 on the Billboard album chart for five weeks behind John Lennon's Double Fantasy, and produced the hits "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" (US No. 9), "You Better Run" (US No. 42), "Treat Me Right" (US No. 18), plus a cover of Kate Bush's international hit, "Wuthering Heights". Crimes of Passion is Benatar's biggest selling career album, having been certified 4x Platinum (for sales of over four million copies) in the United States alone.[4]

Hell Is for Children, which was not released as an A-side single, was also a hit on album-rock stations. A live version of this song from her album Live from Earth was released as the B-side of her "Love Is a Battlefield" single three years later.

Benatar won her first Grammy Award for Crimes of Passion in the "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance" of 1980.

The music video for the song "You Better Run" was the second music video ever aired on MTV in 1981.

The song "Hell Is for Children" was featured in the 1981 animated film American Pop as well as the soundtrack.

The album was the first to feature Myron Grombacher on drums, beginning a long tenure in Benatar's band that would last into the late-1990s.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Publisher Length
1. "Treat Me Right"   Doug Lubahn, Pat Benatar BMI 3:24
2. "You Better Run"   Brigati, Cavaliere ASCAP 3:02
3. "Never Wanna Leave You"   Neil Geraldo, Benatar BMI, ASCAP 3:13
4. "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"   Eddie Schwartz BMI 2:51
5. "Hell Is For Children"   Geraldo, Benatar, Rodger Capps ASCAP 4:48
6. "Little Paradise"   Geraldo ASCAP 3:32
7. "I'm Gonna Follow You"   Billy Steinberg ASCAP 4:28
8. "Wuthering Heights"   Kate Bush BMI 4:28
9. "Prisoner of Love"   Scott St. Clair Sheets ASCAP 3:05
10. "Out-A-Touch"   Geraldo, Benatar, Myron Grombacher BMI, ASCAP 3:05


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[5] 5× Platinum 500,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  • Pat Benatar: Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
  • Neil Giraldo: Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
  • Scott St. Clair Sheets: Rhythm Guitars
  • Roger Capps: Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Myron Grombacher: Drums, Percussion



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