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'Burnin' for You' is the second song on the Gold award-earning Album 'Fire of Unknown Origin'. Released in July 1981, the song hit #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart,[1] and the single spent three weeks in the Top 40 (peaking at #40) on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2]


Band members
  • Eric Bloom – vocals, guitar
  • Donald 'Buck Dharma' Roeser – lead guitar, vocals
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards
  • Joe Bouchard – bass, vocals
  • Albert Bouchard – drums, synthesizer, vocals, mixing
  • Martin Birch – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Clay Hutchinson – engineer
  • Paul Stubblebine – mastering
  • Greg Scott – album artwork


Burnin' For You hit #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart not long after its release,[1] whilst the single also spent three weeks in the Top 40 (peaking at #40) on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2] Because of this, Burnin' For You has become one of Blue Öyster Cult's most recognizable songs alongside Don't Fear the Reaper and Godzilla.

Because of its legacy, Burnin' For You has been covered by numerous other bands and artists during its life:

  • Lisa Marie Presley covered this song on her 2005 album Now What.
  • Iced Earth did a cover of this song and "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll", another BÖC song, on their tribute album Tribute to the Gods.
  • Shiny Toy Guns covered this song for the television commercial for the 2010 Lincoln MKS.
  • Mike Watt covered this song on the compilation Guilt by Association Vol. 1, released September 4, 2007 by Engine Room Recordings. It features indie rock artists covering well-known pop and R&B songs.