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
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 list of deemed "lyrically questionable" songs 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
UK Singles Chart 76


  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