"Constant Craving"
Single by k.d. Lang
from the album Ingénue
K.d. Lang singles chronology
"Trail of Broken Hearts"
"Constant Craving"
"Miss Chatelaine"
Music video
"Constant Craving" on YouTube

"Constant Craving" is a song written by k.d. lang and Ben Mink, performed by k.d. lang on her second album, Ingénue.[1][2] The song was released in 1992 and won her the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1993,[3] as well as an MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video.

"Constant Craving" peaked at number eight on Canada's RPM Top Singles chart and number 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100, giving Lang her only US top-40 hit to date. It also reached number two on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. In the United Kingdom, the song was initially a modest hit when released in 1992, but following a reissue in 1993 in the wake of its American success, it reached a new peak of number 15 on the UK Singles Chart.

Song information

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The Rolling Stones used a refrain very similar to that of "Constant Craving" in their 1997 single "Anybody Seen My Baby?." They later gave writing credits on that song to k.d. lang and Mink, shared with the original authors Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.[4]

Critical reception

Mark Deming from AllMusic noted that "the emotional core" of songs like "Constant Craving", "was obvious even when their surfaces were evasive."[5] Larry Flick from Billboard said "there is no denying the rootsy, down-home quality of this wonderfully produced tune. Lang's distinctive voice is woven into spiraling multitracked harmonies, wafting over a base of acoustic guitar strumming and subtle accordian and xylophone interludes."[6] Randy Clark and Bryan DeVaney from Cash Box picked it as a "standout" cut from the Ingénue album.[7] A reviewer from Daily Mirror described it as "haunting".[8] The Daily Vault's Jason Warburg called it a "dynamite single", that "manages to meld the spiritual with the physical while conveying a feverish desire for both kinds of fulfillment." He also noted it as "upbeat", "expansive and full of simmering appeal".[9]

Diane Rufer and Ron Fell from the Gavin Report commented, "k.d.'s foresaken country for a straight pop format that will finally win her the mass audience she's deserved. This track showcases her wonderful voice in solo and multi-part harmonies."[10] Pan-European magazine Music & Media viewed it as "a Brecht/Weil on the prairie type of song—is likely to be lang's first hit in the UK and in Ireland".[11] On the album review, a reviewer from the magazine wrote, "Tales from the new west. La lang has changed her position on horseback for a more comfortable seat on the coach. In mind, she's singing in some Paris café in the decadent '20s."[12]

Music video

The music video for the song was filmed in black-and-white. It presents a fanciful recreation of the premiere of Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot in Paris, 1953. Here, she is depicted singing backstage while the actors perform. The director, Mark Romanek, says the song's lyrics of desperation and waiting fit well with the themes of Beckett's play.[13] Much to Lang's surprise, the video won Best Female Video at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards.

Track listings


Cover versions

"Constant Craving"
Single by Abigail
from the album Feel Good
B-side"Don't Tell Me Why"
Length4:06 (radio version)
LabelKlone Records
Abigail singles chronology
"Could It Be Magic"
"Constant Craving"
"Losing My Religion"
"Constant Craving"
Single by Abigail
from the album Feel Good
B-side"What Goes Around Comes Around"
Released1993, 1995
Length4:04 (radio edit)
LabelZYX Music
Abigail singles chronology
"Don't You Wanna Know?"
"Constant Craving"
"Night Moves"

Track listings (Abigail version)

  1. "Constant Craving" (Vocal Version)
  2. "Constant Craving" (Instrumental)
  3. "Don't Tell Me Why" (Vocal Version)
  4. "Don't Tell Me Why" (Instrumental)
  1. "Constant Craving" (Radio Version) – 4:06
  2. "Constant Craving" (Original Mix) – 6:24
  3. "Constant Craving" (Trade Mix) – 9:34
  4. "Don't Tell Me Why" – 4:50

(title was changed to Constant Craving '95)

  1. "Constant Craving '95" (Illusive Mix) – 8:01
  2. "Constant Craving '95" (Gailforce Mix) – 8:01
  3. "Constant Craving '95" (Original Mix)
  4. "What Goes Around Comes Around" (Ace Mix) – 6:03
  1. "Constant Craving '95" (Radio Edit) – 4:04
  2. "Constant Craving '95" (Illusive Mix) – 8:01
  3. "Constant Craving '95" (Gailforce Mix) – 8:01
  4. "What Goes Around Comes Around" (Ace Mix) – 6:03


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