Crimes of Passion (Pat Benatar album)

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Crimes of Passion
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 5, 1980
StudioSound City (Van Nuys, California)
ProducerKeith 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
Rolling StoneMixed[2]

Crimes of Passion is the second studio album by American singer Pat Benatar, released on August 5, 1980, by Chrysalis Records. It is Benatar's first album to feature Myron Grombacher on drums, beginning a long tenure in her band that would last into the late 1990s.

The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 for the week ending August 23, 1980, and held at number two for five weeks in January 1981, behind John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy.[3]

Crimes of Passion contains the singles "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", which became Benatar's first top-10 entry in the US,[4] and is considered to be her best-known song,[1] and "Treat Me Right", a top-20 entry in the US.[4] Neither song was very successful in other countries, aside from "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" reaching the top 40 in Australia.

The first single released from the album was "You Better Run", the music video for which was the second music video ever aired on MTV in 1981. It peaked at number 42 in the US,[4] and New Zealand, and did not chart in Canada, although it rose to number 33 in Australia. Crimes of Passion also contains a cover of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights".

Crimes of Passion is Benatar's best-selling album, having been certified four-times Platinum (for shipments in excess of over four million copies) in the United States and five-times Platinum (for shipments of 500,000 copies) in Canada.[5][6] It placed at number five on Billboard magazine's 1981 year-end album chart.[7] It peaked at number two in Canada and number six in New Zealand. It was also Benatar's highest-peaking album to that point in Australia (number 16) and her first album to chart in Sweden (number 27).

In 1981, Crimes of Passion earned Benatar her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.[8] The album was reissued and remastered on Capitol Records in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Treat Me Right"3:24
2."You Better Run" (The Young Rascals cover)3:02
3."Never Wanna Leave You"3:13
4."Hit Me with Your Best Shot"Eddie Schwartz2:51
5."Hell Is for Children"
  • Giraldo
  • Benatar
  • Roger Capps
Side two
6."Little Paradise"Giraldo3:32
7."I'm Gonna Follow You"Billy Steinberg4:28
8."Wuthering Heights" (Kate Bush cover)Bush4:28
9."Prisoner of Love"Scott St. Clair Sheets3:05
  • Giraldo
  • Benatar
  • Myron Grombacher
Total length:37:35


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Crimes of Passion.[9]




  • Ria Lewerke-Shapiro – art direction, cover design
  • Billy Bass – direction
  • Leon LeCash – photographs



Certifications for Crimes of Passion
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[5] 5× Platinum 500,000^
France (SNEP)[16] Gold 100,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[17] Gold 7,500^
United States (RIAA)[6] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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  2. ^ Cohen, Debra Rae (November 13, 1980). "Album Reviews: Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Pat Benatar Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Pat Benatar Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Canadian album certifications – Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion". Music Canada. April 1, 1981. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "American album certifications – Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion". Recording Industry Association of America. November 6, 1984. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1981". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 14, 2021. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  8. ^ "Grammy Awards: Best Rock Vocal Performance – Female". Rock on the Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  9. ^ Crimes of Passion (liner notes). Pat Benatar. Chrysalis Records. 1980. CHE 1275.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. pp. 32–33. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 4703a". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  12. ^ " – Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  13. ^ " – Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  14. ^ "Top 100 Albums". RPM. Vol. 34, no. 6. December 20, 1980. ISSN 0315-5994 – via Library and Archives Canada.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Albums of 1981". RPM. Vol. 35, no. 22. December 26, 1981. ISSN 0315-5994 – via Library and Archives Canada.
  16. ^ "French album certifications – Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved November 22, 2019. Select PAT BENATAR and click OK. 
  17. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved November 22, 2019.