The Closest Thing to Crazy

"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 was written as part of the musical Men Who March Away, and appeared first in 1995 on Mike Batt's album Arabesque.

"The Closest Thing to Crazy"
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Single by Katie Melua
from the album Call Off the Search
Released1 December 2003
GenreAcoustic, blues
Songwriter(s)Mike Batt
Producer(s)Mike Batt
Katie Melua singles chronology
"The Closest Thing to Crazy"
"Call Off the Search"

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 United Kingdom, but it stalled at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart. However, owing to the success of the album reaching number one, the song climbed back into the top 20 during January and February and resulted in Melua's first nomination for the annual Record of the Year prize on ITV1. At the end of 2004, due to its longevity on the UK chart, the song came in at number 77 on the year-end chart, making it the lowest-charting song to finish within the top 100 for that year.

Composition and lyricsEdit

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[weasel words] that the object of the singer's love treats the singer unkindly, and may not return the emotion.

Track listingsEdit

  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".


Charts and certificationsEdit


  1. ^ "Katie Melua: Closest Thing To Crazy Sheet Music". © Copyright 1992 Dramitico Music Publishing Ltd & Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd.
  2. ^ Mike, Batt. "Katie Melua "The Closest Thing To Crazy" Sheet Music (Easy Piano) (Piano Solo) in F Major - Download & Print".
  3. ^ " – Katie Melua – The Closest Thing to Crazy". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ " – Katie Melua – The Closest Thing to Crazy". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Closest Thing to Crazy". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  6. ^ " – Katie Melua – The Closest Thing to Crazy" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  7. ^ " – Katie Melua – The Closest Thing to Crazy". VG-lista.
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2004" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  12. ^ "British single certifications – Katie Melua – Nine Million Bicycles". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 January 2020. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Nine Million Bicycles in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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