April 24, 2018

“Total Eclipse of the Heart”: Most Played Song Then and Now

Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart

If there’s one song that is genuinely tear-jerking and worth remembering, then that would be “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” I’m pretty sure everyone still remembers this song. It is one of the best songs ever penned. Also, one of the most played songs in the 1980’s.

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” is a significant hit and up to these days, undoubtedly. Moreover, it’s still being played on the radios now. Besides, it’s even being handed from generation to generation.

The Meaning of the Lyrics…

As the lyrics insinuate a consuming yet a destructive love that is consuming all the joy, happiness, and contentment. In the song, one is longing for the love when they’re not together yet when they unite their relationship tend to explode.

Also, it has been said that the story of the song was inspired by the relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff in the novel, “Wuthering Heights.” They shared an intense, passionate love for each other, but their relationship was also toxic and destructive.

Furthermore, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was created about a vampire love song for a musical stage adaptation of “Nosferatu.” Nevertheless, it hasn’t got off the ground. Jim Steinman, the writer of the song, said:

“ with ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart,’ I was trying to come up with a love song, and I remembered I wrote that to be a vampire love song. Its original title was ‘Vampires in Love’ because I was working on a musical of Nosferatu, the other great vampire story. If anyone listens to the lyrics, they’re really like vampire lines. It’s all about the darkness, the power of darkness and love’s place in the dark.”

The Song…

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” is a song recorded by Bonnie Tyler. It was written and produced by Jim Steinman. Also, it is part her Tyler’s album “Faster than the Speed of Night” in 1983. Moreover, the song was released as a single on February 11, 1983. In the United Kingdom and on May 31, 1983, and in the United States.

The song became Tyler’s biggest hit boosting her career. It became the 5th selling single in 1983 in the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, in the United States, the single spent four weeks at the top of the charts and was Billboard’s No.1 6 song of the year in 1983.

Worldwide, the single had sales of more than 6 million copies and was certified Gold by the RIAA. It was then updated to Platinum in 2001 when the certification threshold changed.

In 2015, the song was voted by the British public as the nation’s third favorite in the 1980s.

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