Crimes of Passion (Pat Benatar album)

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Crimes of Passion
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 5, 1980
StudioSound City Studios, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, 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" / "Out-A-Touch"
    Released: July 8, 1980
  2. "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" / "I'm Gonna Follow You" / "Prisoner of Love"
    Released: September 15, 1980
  3. "Treat Me Right" / "Never Wanna Leave You"
    Released: December 29, 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[2]

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

The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart the week ending August 23 and held at No. 2 for five weeks in the US in January 1981, behind John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy.[3]

Crimes of Passion contains the hits "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", which became her first Top 10 hit in the US,[4] and is considered to be her best-known song,[1] and "Treat Me Right", a Top 20 hit in the US.[4] Both songs charted similarly in Canada but were even bigger hits on the US Tunecaster Rock Tracks chart peaking at number 1 and 2 on that chart.[5] 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 only 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. The song "Hell Is for Children", which was not released as an A-side single, was also a hit on album-rock stations ascending to number 7 on the Tunecaster Rock Tracks Chart.[6] Crimes of Passion also contained a cover of Kate Bush's international hit, "Wuthering Heights".

Crimes of Passion is Benatar's biggest selling album, having been certified 4× Platinum (for shipments of over four million copies) in the United States[7] and 5× Platinum (for shipments of 500,000 copies) in Canada. It placed at number 5 on Billboard magazine's 1981 year-end album chart.[8] It peaked at number 2 in both Canada and France, and rose to number 6 in New Zealand. It was also Benatar's biggest hit to that point in Australia (number 16) and her first album to chart in Sweden (number 27).

In 1981, Benatar won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance thanks to Crimes of Passion.[9] Crimes of Passion was reissued and remastered on Capitol Records in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Treat Me Right"Doug Lubahn3:24
2."You Better Run" (The Young Rascals cover)Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere3:02
3."Never Wanna Leave You"Neil Giraldo, Pat Benatar3:13
4."Hit Me with Your Best Shot"Eddie Schwartz2:51
5."Hell Is for Children"Giraldo, Benatar, Roger Capps4:48
Side two
6."Little Paradise"Giraldo3:32
7."I'm Gonna Follow You"Billy Steinberg4:28
8."Wuthering Heights" (Kate Bush cover)Kate Bush4:28
9."Prisoner of Love"Scott St. Clair Sheets3:05
10."Out-A-Touch"Giraldo, Benatar, Myron Grombacher4:19






Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[18] 5× Platinum 500,000^
France (SNEP)[19] Gold 100,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[20] Gold 7,500^
United States (RIAA)[21] 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.
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  15. ^ "Top 100 Albums". RPM. Vol. 34 no. 6. December 20, 1980. ISSN 0315-5994 – via Library and Archives Canada.
  16. ^ "Top 100 Albums of 1981". RPM. Vol. 35 no. 22. December 26, 1981. ISSN 0315-5994 – via Library and Archives Canada.
  17. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1981". Billboard. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion". Music Canada. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  19. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973: search for Benatar Pat Benatar" (in French).
  20. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 22, 2019.

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