On the Billboard Hot 100 for 23 February, 1980, Queen could call themselves a No. 1 band in America for the first time.
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, which had been thwarted in its efforts to top the UK bestsellers list the year before, seized the American singles crown, and wore it for a full month.
Written solely by Freddie Mercury and delivered in a rock ‘n’ roll tribute style with heavy echo on his voice, the song had spent two weeks at No. 2 in Queen’s home country in November 1979. It was held off the top there by Dr. Hook’s pop confection ‘When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman.’
In the States, ‘Crazy Little Thing’ removed the Captain & Tennille’s ‘Do That To Me One More Time’ from the No. 1 spot. It stayed there four weeks, before being succeeded by another British rock classic, Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall.’