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Released: August 1980

Rating: 4.500 (average of 2 ratings)

Genre: album rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Treat Me Right
  2. You Better Run
  3. Never Wanna Leave You
  4. Hit Me with Your Best Shot
  5. Hell Is for Children
  6. Little Paradise
  7. I’m Gonna Follow You
  8. Wuthering Heights
  9. Prisoner of Love
  10. Out-a-Touch

Total Running Time: 37:07


sales in U.S. only 4 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 4 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • You Better Run (7/8/80) #42 US
  • Hit Me with Your Best Shot (9/15/80) #9 US. Gold single.
  • Treat Me Right (12/29/80) #18 US, #31 AR


One of my personal top 100 albums of all time. Click to learn more.

Crimes of Passion
Pat Benatar
“With Crimes of Passion, Pat Benatar escaped the dreaded sophomore slump” (Theakston). “Thankfully, Benatar avoids the synth-happy trends of the early ‘80s and delivers a hard rocking ten-song session of power pop tempered with a few ballads for balance” (Theakston).

The album’s success was due “in no small part to the song that would become the most well-known…of her career, Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (Theakston). However, the album was also aided by a couple minor singles and a few non-charting tracks as well.

This album really found its place at album rock radio, but Billboard magazine didn’t chart airplay on such stations until the album was more than six months old. In addition to the three pop singles, Hell Is for Children, a slow-building rocker about child abuse, and the ballad I’m Gonna Follow You became rock staples.

“The rest of the album is mildly hit or miss, with a few moments of filler” (Theakston). Most notable may be Benatar’s “version of Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights is probably one of the most underrated songs of her entire catalog” (Theakston).

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Last updated March 24, 2008.