Love Like Crazy (song)

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"Love Like Crazy"
Single by Lee Brice
from the album Love Like Crazy
Released August 24, 2009
Format Airplay, music download
Genre Country
Length 3:44
Label Curb
Writer(s) Tim James
Doug Johnson [1]
Producer(s) Lee Brice
Doug Johnson[2]
Lee Brice singles chronology
"Upper Middle Class White Trash"
(2008)
"Love Like Crazy"
(2009)
"Beautiful Every Time"
(2010)

"Love Like Crazy" is a song written by Tim James and Doug Johnson, and recorded by American country music singer Lee Brice. It was released in August 2009 as the fourth single of his career, and the first single and title track from his album Love Like Crazy. In September 2010, the song broke a record established by Eddy Arnold for the longest chart run in the history of the Hot Country Songs charts.

Content[edit]

"Love Like Crazy" is a mid-tempo country song that gives a short biography of an older man, in which he takes several large risks criticized by those around him as "crazy" (such as quitting his job in order to go into computers). All of these seemingly questionable decisions end up paying off. In the chorus, the old man explains that his success was made possible by his faithful and loving wife; he then describes the rules of life that made his marriage as successful as it was.

Brice told Country Weekly magazine that he decided to record the song because its storyline reminded him of his own grandmother and grandfather, who were married to each other for more than 50 years.[3]

Reception[edit]

Jim Malec of The 9513 gave "Love Like Crazy" a thumbs-up review. He called the lyric "endearing in spite of the fact that [it] is a typical story in a typical narrative setting." Malec also described the song as "focused, a cozy little tale of a hard working man who takes on country music’s familiar advice-giver role. His advice, common as though it may be, is honest and unpretentious. And instead of feeding us a bunch of meaningless lines about abstract philosophical ideas related to love and a woman’s needs, the song reminds us to tell our lover that we love her, to the tell the truth, to do our best, and to pray."[4]

Personnel[edit]

Compiled from liner notes.[2]

  • Gary Burnette — acoustic guitar
  • Pat Buchanan — electric guitar
  • Perry Coleman — background vocals
  • Dan Dugmore — steel guitar
  • Tony Harrell — piano
  • Steve Mackey — bass guitar
  • Greg Morrow — drums

Chart performance[edit]

"Love Like Crazy" debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for the chart week of September 5, 2009. "Love Like Crazy" entered the Top Ten on Hot Country Songs in its 46th week on the chart, making for the slowest climb into the Top Ten in the chart's history.[5] The previous record-holders were Gary Allan's "Right Where I Need to Be" and Josh Gracin's "We Weren't Crazy" at 40 weeks each.[5] On the chart dated for the week ending September 18, 2010, the song charted its 55th week, breaking the record set by Eddy Arnold's 1948 single "Bouquet of Roses" for the longest run in the history of the Hot Country Songs chart.[6] It also debuted at number 97 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of September 25, 2010. In December 2010, Billboard determined, via airplay and chart time, that the song was the number-one country song in all of 2010, becoming the first song to do so without placing at number-one on the Hot Country Songs chart at any point during the year.

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Listing for "Love Like Crazy"". Broadcast Music Incorporated. 
  2. ^ a b Love Like Crazy (CD booklet). Lee Brice. Curb Records. 2010. 78977. 
  3. ^ Phillips, Jessica (24 May 2010). "Pictures of Lee: Hit songwriter Lee Brice puts the finishing touches on his debut album". Country Weekly 17 (21): 50–51. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  4. ^ Malec, Jim (2009-08-10). "Lee Brice - "Love Like Crazy"". The 9513. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  5. ^ a b Trust, Gary (8 July 2010). "Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Lee Brice, Judy Collins". Billboard. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Trust, Gary (7 September 2010). "Lee Brice Breaks Country Songs Longevity Record". Billboard. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Lee Brice Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Lee Brice. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  8. ^ "Lee Brice Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Lee Brice. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  9. ^ "Lee Brice Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Lee Brice. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  10. ^ "American single certifications – Lee Brice – Love Like Crazy". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  11. ^ "Year End Charts - Year-end Singles - Hot Country Songs". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
Preceded by
"I Run to You" by Lady Antebellum
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single of the year

2010
Succeeded by
"Crazy Girl" by Eli Young Band