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“Here’s to the crazy ones: the rebels, the troublemakers, the ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.” So began Apple’s iconic “Think Different” ad from 1997. It’s also part of the inspiration behind the new show The Crazy Ones, starring Robin Williams as advertising genius Simon Roberts. The Crazy Ones airs on CBS Thursdays at 9/8c.
In honor of channeling that crazy spirit into art, we’ve put together a playlist of some of the best ‘crazy’ songs ever written.
1. Britney Spears, “(Drive Me) Crazy”
It’s vintage Britney, with a side helping of Melissa Joan Hart. And, at the time, both were driving an awful lot of men crazy.
2. Madonna, “Crazy For You”
A Madonna ballad, from her Sean Penn years — sometimes the crazy is all in the kiss.
3. Beyoncé, “Crazy In Love”
You know Beyoncé has to be a little bit in touch with her inner crazy to pull off dance moves like these.
4. Eli Young Band, “Crazy Girl”
Some guys mean it as an insult when they call girls crazy. But the Eli Young Band are digging your crazy.
5. Aerosmith, “Crazy”
An epic and classic Aerosmith video with Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler as two crazy girls on the run, Themla & Louise style.
6. Queen, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
The quintessential song about love making you crazy.
7. Ke$ha, “Crazy Kids”
It’s hard to get crazier than Ke$ha, but when she decided to take the crazy up a notch for this video — oh man.
8. Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy”
The crazy song that’s so crazy good you won’t be able to get it out of your head after one listen. Brace yourself: you’re going to be singing “Crazy” all day.
9. Hunter Hayes, “I Want Crazy”
The reason Hunter Hayes got nominated for so many GRAMMYs in 2012? He’s crazy talented for someone so crazy young.
10. Snoop Dogg, “Crazy”
Snoop perfectly captures the way that sometimes it’s not you who is the crazy one, but you’re the normal one in the middle of a whole world of crazy people.