The Closest Thing to Crazy

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"The Closest Thing to Crazy"
Katie Melua - The Closest Thing to Crazy.JPG
Single by Katie Melua
from the album Call Off the Search
Released 1 December 2003
Format CD
Genre Acoustic, blues
Length 4:11
Label Dramatico
Songwriter(s) Mike Batt
Producer(s) Mike Batt
Katie Melua singles chronology
"The Closest Thing to Crazy"
"Call Off the Search"
"The Closest Thing to Crazy"
"Call Off the Search"
Call Off the Search track listing
"Crawling up a Hill"
"The Closest Thing to Crazy"
"My Aphrodisiac Is You"

"The Closest Thing to Crazy" is the debut single of Georgia-born singer Katie Melua. It is featured on her hugely successful album, Call Off the Search. The song appeared first in 1995 on Mike Batt's album Arabesque.

The single was originally due out in January 2004, but was released a month early in an attempt by Terry Wogan to make it that year’s Christmas number one in the UK. The single reached only number ten in the UK charts. However, owing to the success of the album reaching number one, the song climbed back into the top 20 during the January and February period, and resulted in obtaining Katie's first nomination for the annual Record of the Year prize on ITV1. She was to be nominated again at the ceremony the following year for "Nine Million Bicycles", but lost out to Busted and Westlife respectively. She did however finish in the top 5 of voting for both years.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Closest Thing to Crazy" (Mike Batt)
  2. "Downstairs to the Sun" (Katie Melua)
  3. "Thank You, Stars" (Mike Batt)

The enhanced CD had the video of "The Closest Thing to Crazy".



  • Producer: Mike Batt
  • Engineer: Steve Sale
  • Arranger: Mike Batt

Music Details[edit]

The song is played in the key of E Major at a tempo of 64bpm. The vocal range is G#3-C#5. It has an irregular meter with a mix of 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4.[1][2]


The lyrics of the song take the form of a series of rhetorical questions, describing the contradictory emotions of being in love. It appears that the object of the singer's love treats the singer unkindly, and may not return the emotion.


Chart (2004) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 45
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 41
Norway (VG-lista)[6] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 10

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Katie Melua: Closest Thing To Crazy Sheet Music". © Copyright 1992 Dramitico Music Publishing Ltd & Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd. 
  2. ^ [ "The Closest Thing To Crazy" Katie Melua Digital Sheet Music]
  3. ^ " – Katie Melua – The Closest Thing to Crazy". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "Chart Track: Week 09, 2004". Irish Singles Chart.
  5. ^ " – Katie Melua – The Closest Thing to Crazy" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  6. ^ " – Katie Melua – The Closest Thing to Crazy". VG-lista.
  7. ^ "Katie Melua: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.