|"Burnin' for You"|
|Single by Blue Öyster Cult|
|from the album Fire of Unknown Origin|
|Length||3:45 (single edit)|
4:29 (album version)
|Blue Öyster Cult singles chronology|
"Burnin' for You" is a song by American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult. It was released as the lead single from the band's eighth studio album, Fire of Unknown Origin, released in July 1981, where it was the album's second track. The song was co-written by guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser and rock critic songwriter Richard Meltzer, who wrote lyrics for several of the band's songs. Roeser sang lead vocals on the song (as he also did on the band's biggest chart hit, 1976's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper") in lieu of Blue Öyster Cult's usual lead vocalist Eric Bloom.
The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, and the single spent three weeks in the Top 40 (peaking at No. 40) on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was aided by a popular early MTV music video.
"Burnin' for You" was written by Blue Öyster Cult lead guitarist Buck Dharma and rock critic Richard Meltzer. Meltzer wrote numerous songs for the band, with many in conjunction with Roeser. Dharma wrote his parts of the song in his garage studio.
Richard would write on a typewriter and we’d have sheets of lyrics and on the page and it would look just look like poetry with a lot of lower case and free form, free association. I don’t know how long I’d had his lyric but it was about 1980 and we’d moved to Connecticut ... I wrote it in my garage studio. I’m quite proud of it. It’s one of Richard’s more sentimental lyrics, something he’s not known for.— Buck Dharma
The song reached No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's second and final top 40 hit after "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" reached No. 12 on the Hot 100 in 1976. It was Blue Öyster Cult's third song to ever chart on the Hot 100 and it would be their second to last after "Shooting Shark" peaked at No. 83 in 1984.
"Burnin' for You" also became Blue Öyster Cult's first song to chart on Billboard's newly-created Top Tracks chart (now known as Mainstream Rock Songs). It reached No. 1 on the chart dated the week of August 22, 1981, in its eighth week on the chart. It was the seventh song to ever reach No. 1 on the chart, and it stayed at No. 1 for two weeks. "Burnin' for You" remains Blue Öyster Cult's only number-one hit on the rock charts, and one of two top ten hits ("Dancin' in the Ruins" reached No. 9 in 1986). The song stayed on the chart for 23 weeks.
- Lisa Marie Presley covered this song on her 2005 album Now What.
- Iced Earth did a cover of this song and "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll", another BÖC song, on their tribute album Tribute to the Gods.
- Shiny Toy Guns covered this song for the television commercial for the 2010 Lincoln MKS.
- Mike Watt covered this song on the compilation Guilt by Association Vol. 1, released September 4, 2007 by Engine Room Recordings. It features indie rock artists covering well-known pop and R&B songs.
|UK (Official Charts Company)||76|
|US (Billboard Hot 100)||40|
|US (Billboard Mainstream Rock)||1|
- Oregonian, Kevin Friedman | Special to The (2012-01-12). "Rock critic Richard Meltzer and punk bassist Mike Watt collaborate on project". oregonlive. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
- Edwards, Gavin (2020-04-06). "15 Big Hits Not Sung by the Lead Singer". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 69.
- Tatangelo, Wade. "Interview: Buck Dharma on writing Blue Oyster Cult's biggest hits". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
- "Mainstream Rock Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
- "Blue Öyster Cult". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
- allmusic Tribute to the Gods > Overview
- Guilt by Association Vol. 1
- "Canadian peak". Archived from the original on 2017-12-21. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
- UK peak
- US peak
- US Mainstream Rock