Crying Out for Me

"Crying Out for Me" is an R&B song from Mario's third studio album Go, which was released on December 11, 2007 and is the second official single. It was produced by Polow da Don and written by Amber Rives and Jasper Cameron.[2] The song has been listed for 15 week in the Billboard Hot 100. Its first appearance was week 50/2007 and the last appearance was week 12/2008. Its peak position was number 33, where it stayed for one week. Its highest entry was number 97. The official remix features rapper Lil Wayne another one features rapper Busta Rhymes, but are not included on the single or album Go.[3]

"Crying Out for Me"
Mario - Crying out for Me.jpg
Single by Mario
from the album Go
ReleasedAugust 21, 2007[1]
Length4:48 (Album Version)
4:24 (Single Version)
Label3rd Street/J Records/Epic Records
Songwriter(s)Jasper Cameron
Amber Rives
Polow da Don
Producer(s)Polow da Don
Mario singles chronology
"How Do I Breathe"
"Crying Out for Me"
"Do Right"

Critical receptionEdit

Mark Edward Nero from stated that the song "is the Usher sound-alike jam"[4]

Aaron Fields from said "I really like this track produced by Polow da Don. It's a smooth track about the classic subject...woman is being done wrong in her current relationship in which Mario sings to her, "I can hear your heart, crying out for me". Great vocals, great beat and definitely a great choice for the second single".[5]

Music videoEdit

The video was directed by R. Malcom Jones, Costume Designed by June Ambrose and premiered on BET's Access Granted on September 17, 2007. In the video, the song has some alternate changes. In the beginning, Mario arrives at some place. He sees his female friend having an argument with her boyfriend. When her boyfriend walks off, Mario walks over to greet her. Her boyfriend jealously snatches her away from him and gets in his face. The girl, bruised, calls Mario from a payphone. They then go to a club. He picks her up later and she looking over her shoulder, leaves. After they embrace, Mario drives off. They get a surprise when they notice that they are being followed by the girl's boyfriend. He tries to run them off the road but ends up crashing, killing himself, is similar to the end scene in Justin Timberlake's video "What Goes Around...Comes Around". They get out to investigate and see that he is dead. The girl tearfully turns to Mario and he comforts her.

Track listingEdit

Crying Out For Me (main)

  1. "Crying out for Me" (radio edit)

Crying Out For Me [SINGLE]

  1. Radio Edit (4:10)
  2. Instrumental (4:18)
  3. Call Out Hook (0:10)

Crying Out for Me (Piano Vocal, Sheet music) (Sheet music)

  1. Piano Vocal Artist
  2. Mario Sheet music



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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  2. ^ Rap Basement | Post | Amber Rives(Songwriting Credits) Archived September 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Mario Gets Back To Making Music With Akon, Timbaland, Neptunes". MTV News. Retrieved April 14, 2007.
  4. ^ "New Music: Mario - "Crying Out for Me"".
  5. ^ "The Beat: Mario "Go" Review". Archived from the original on December 3, 2008.
  6. ^ "Mario Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "Mario Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  8. ^ "Mario Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  9. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 2008". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  10. ^ "American single certifications – Mario – Crying Out for Me". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 22, 2014.