Our Top 10 Bonnie Tyler songs lists looks back at the songs of an artist who hit it big on an international basis in the 1970s and 1980s. Bonnie Tyler was catapulted onto the world stage when she scored big in 1977 with the huge hit single “It’s a Heartache.” A few years later she would have an even bigger hit single with the Jim Steinman composed hit single “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Both songs were huge in the United States and United Kingdom as well as many other countries around the world. Her star would soon fade in the United States at the end of the 1980s, but Bonnie Tyler would remain a huge star on the eastern side of the Atlantic especially in the United Kingdom.
Bonnie Tyler has released eighteen studio albums and a whopping eighty two singles throughout her long and very successful career. She worked often with Jim Steinman who wrote some great material for Bonnie Tyler as she would really become his go to singer outside of his early work with Meat Loaf. With so much material released, it’s tough to pick just ten, but that’s what we do.
# 10 – Lost in France
We open up our top 10 Bonnie Tyler songs list with the fabulous song entitled “Lost In France.” This is a great acoustic guitar driven song that still sounds so good. The song was written by Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe. The song was released on the album entitled The World Starts Tonight. It was the first single released from the album. The album was released in 1977. “Lost In France,” would become the first Bonnie Tyler song to break into any of the world’s music charts. In the United Kingdom the song hit number nine on the UK Singles charts.
# 9 – Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
Continuing with our top 10 Bonnie Tyler songs list we take a listen to the great song entitled “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” This was a cover of the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song. Roy Bittan’s piano shines on this one giving the song a new feel in a sort of Meat Loaf meets Springsteen style. The song was released on the album entitled Faster Than the Speed of Night. The album was released in 1983. It was the third single released from the album. In the United Kingdom the song hit number forty three.
# 8 – Loving You’s a Dirty Job but Somebody’s Gotta Do It
In the number eight spot on our top 10 Bonnie Tyler songs list we present the song entitled “Loving You’s a Dirty Job but Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” The song was recorded with Todd Rundgren. The song was released on the album entitled Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire. The album was released in 1985. It was the first single released from the album. “Loving You’s a Dirty Job but Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” was written by Jim Steinman as he once again reunited with Todd Rundgren who had produced the Bat Out of Hell album. In the United Kingdom the song hit the number seventy three spot.
# 7 – Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad
In the number seven position on our top 10 Bonnie Tyler songs list is the song entitled “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.” This is the classic song from Meat Loaf ‘s Bat Out Of Hell album. Bonnie Tyler puts her own spin on the song with a cool dance 90s style dance arrangement. The song was released on the album entitled Free Spirit. The album was released in 1995. As much as we love the recording, the single failed to chart.
# 6 – Bitterblue
Landing in the number six spot on our top 10 Bonnie Tyler songs list we present the song “Bitterblue.” This is a wonderful Celtic infused song. The song was released on the album also entitled Bitterblue. The album was released in 1991 It was the first single released from the album. The song was a huge hit in Norway reaching all the way up to the number two spot.
# 5 – More Than a Lover
At the halfway point on our top 10 Bonnie Tyler songs list we return to Bonnie Tyler’s debut album with the single “More Than A Lover.” This is such a great song written by Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe. The chorus on the song is absolutely fantastic. It was the second single released from the album. In the United Kingdom the song hit number twenty seven.
# 4 – Believe In Me
At the number four spot on our top 10 Bonnie Tyler songs list we present the song “Believe In Me.” In the 2010s, Bonnie Tyler was still a huge star in Europe. She was such an important star she teamed up with songwriters Desmond Child, Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide to record the song “Believe In Me,” which would wind up being selected to represent the United Kingdom to compete in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. Bonnie Tyler just blew away the audience with her vocal performance of the song.
# 3 – Holding Out for a Hero
We get to a big time soundtrack song on our top 10 Bonnie Tyler songs list with the song entitled “Holding Out for a Hero.” This was one of the strongest songs from the great Footloose Soundtrack. Bonnie Tyler teamed up once again with the brilliant Jim Steinman who wrote the song with Dean Pitchford. The Footloose Soundtrack was released in 1984.The soundtrack included a great Sammy Hagar tune as well as the smash single “Footloose,” by Kenny Loggins.
“Holding Out for a Hero” was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number thirty four. It was a much bigger hit in the United Kingdom where it went all the way to number two. The song went all the way to number one in Ireland.
# 2 – It’s a Heartache
Just of the top spot on our top 10 Bonnie Tyler songs list we celebrate the song “It’s a Heartache.” The song would become Bonnie Raitt’s first charting single in the U.S.A. It was a big one. The song was a huge hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number three. The song was released on the album entitled Natural Force. The album was released in 1977. The song would hit number one in Australia, Canada, France, Norway, and Sweden. In the United Kingdom the song hit number four.”It’s a Heartache,” was written by Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe.
# 1 – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
We close out our top 10 songs Bonnie Tyler list with a song that was as big as a hit single could get. Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was the singer’s biggest hit of her career. The song was released on the album entitled Faster Than the Speed of Night. The album was released in 1983. It was the first single released from the album. The song would become one of the biggest hits of the year in 1983 as it hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. It would stay in the number one spot for a month in 1983. The song also was also a number one hit in the countries of The United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Norway, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa.
The song was fueled by some big time names in the music business. First off it was written by Jim Steinman who had composed all the great songs on Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell album as well as the sequel and many other hits singles for various artists. Jim Steinman was one of the most exciting and brilliant composers in classic rock history. The legendary Rick Derringer played guitar on the track.Bruce Springsteen’s longtime E Street Band members Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg played piano and drums on the song. Larry Fast of Synergy played synth on the recording. Those were all heavy hitters that helped turn the song into a real classic.
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