Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)

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"Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)"
Single by Pam Tillis
from the album Sweetheart's Dance
B-side "Ancient History"[1]
Released November 7, 1994
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 2:50
Label Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Jess Leary
Pam Tillis
Producer(s) Pam Tillis
Steve Fishell
Pam Tillis singles chronology
"When You Walk in the Room"
"Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)"
"I Was Blown Away"

"Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Pam Tillis. It was released in November 1994 as the third single from the album, Sweetheart's Dance. She co-wrote the song with Jess Leary, and co-produced it with Steve Fishell. The song is Tillis' only number-one single on the Billboard country charts.

Background and writing[edit]

Tillis said that she chose the song's title after seeing a guest on Geraldo who had a tattoo reading "mi vida loca", which is Spanish for "my crazy life".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that the song has a "south-of-the-border Bo Diddley feel." [3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Roger Pistole and premiered in late 1994.


Compiled from album liner notes.[4]

  • Dan Dugmore — acoustic guitar
  • John Barlow Jarvis — accordion
  • John Jorgenson — electric guitar, acoustic guitar solo
  • Greg Leisz — steel guitar
  • Suzi Ragsdale — background vocals
  • Milton Sledge — drums
  • Harry Stinson — percussion
  • Pam Tillis — lead vocals, background vocals
  • Biff Watson — acoustic guitar
  • Willie Weeks — bass guitar

Chart positions[edit]

"Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)" debuted at number 55 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of November 19, 1994.

Chart (1994-1995) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 41
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 36
Preceded by
"Gone Country"
by Alan Jackson
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number one single

February 4-February 11, 1995
Succeeded by
"My Kind of Girl"
by Collin Raye
Preceded by
"You and Only You"
by John Berry
RPM Country Tracks
number one single

February 4-February 11, 1995
Succeeded by
"I'm Here"
by Charlie Major


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 422. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Alexander, Wiley (17 February 1995). "Rodeo has family ties for Tillis". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Billboard, November 19, 1994
  4. ^ Sweetheart's Dance (CD booklet). Pam Tillis. Arista Records. 1994. 18758. 
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 7788." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 13, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "Pam Tillis – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Pam Tillis.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1995". RPM. December 18, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Best of 1995: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.