Retro Single Review: George Strait, “It Ain’t Cool to be Crazy About You”

1986 | Peak: #1

It’s rare that the melody of a song’s verses is just about as memorable and catchy as its chorus, but such is the case with George Strait’s “It Ain’t Cool to be Crazy About You.” Just hearing the first strains of the simple piano intro makes it almost impossible to get the tune out of your head once it’s there. What’s more, words like “suave” and “debonair” make it nearly irresistible to sing along with.

However, There’s more to this established earworm than a memorable tune. Strait adeptly portrays the imbalance of a relationship where he is much more invested than the woman happens to be. While he knows he’s being jerked around by her, he can’t help but be crazy about her anyway.

While it almost seems like just a catchy ditty on the surface, Strait’s delivery of a mix of sadness and regret, with a hint of frustration, turns this song into something substantive with a relatable scenario.

Written by Dean Dillon and Royce Porter

Grade: A

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  1. Great song! I don’t know how these two connections made their way into my head but for some reason now whenever I picture this being covered by a female artist (Sara Evans, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson) with a slower tempo at the end while they would hit a high note when singing “heaaarrt”. Idk guess only in my dreams.

  2. Love this and “Nobody in His Right Mind…,” and not surprised to learn that they came one after another. Such cool, memorable melodies.

    Enjoying the series, gang. Keep up the good work.

  3. Leeann! What a cool website! In recent years I’ve actually come around to country music, and here you are a full-on GURU! Hey, I kind of felt dumb about the whole “bloggers are blind” thing on my latest post when, you know, there you were. Blind. This sort of thing happens to me all the time, because my karma hates me — probably for something I did to it in an earlier incarnation. Anyway, I’m sorry. And my karma is sorry, too. It’s extra sorry. Thanks for reading my blog!

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