With some help from California's the Cretones, Linda Ronstadt managed to put two of Mad Love's tracks on Billboard's Top Ten singles chart. Ronstadt's cover of Little Anthony & the Imperials' "Hurts So Bad" went all the way to number eight in April of 1980, but, two months earlier, one of the rockiest songs that she had ever sung went to number ten. "How Do I Make You"'s quick tempo and pulsating pace had Ronstadt showing some new wave spunk mixed with a desire to rock out a little. It was a far cry from the ballads, the love songs, and the ample amount of cover versions that she had charted with in the past, and despite Mad Love's number 65 placing on the album charts, it was this releases most refreshing cut. Short but chock-full of life, "How Do I Make You" was quick on the draw, both lyrically and rhythmically. With Nicolette Larson on backing vocals, the song also sports excellent guitar work via Mark Goldenberg and some frantic drum playing which pulls Ronstadt's voice right along. The song attracted audiences who wouldn't normally pay much attention to Ronstadt's music, while it proved that she could just as easily put a mover on the charts and didn't have to rely on easy listening or adult contemporary-styled tunes if she didn't want to. But Ronstadt wanted to, since that was the formula that gave her 13 Top 40 hits before Mad Love's release. The song still stands as one of Ronstadt's catchiest tunes, even though it may stick out from the rest of her material.