Billboard #1 Hits: #539: ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart”- Bonnie Tyler. October 4, 1983. #1 for 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’- Bonnie Tyler
- Record Company- Columbia
- Genre: Pop Rock
- Written by Jim Steinman
- Time: 4:30
- B-side:’Straight From The Heart’
- Album-Faster Than The Speed Of Night
- Grade: B+
- Peaked at #1 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa.
Written by Jim Steinman of Meatloaf fame- who passed away at the age of 73 a few days ago. Playing on this song- Rick Derringer on guitar and a couple of the E-Street Band members- Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg. The song was originally over 7 minutes and Tyler thought it was too long to be radio friendly so it was cut down to 4 1/2 minutes. Tyler who is still active- had 3 Top 40 hits- 2 of which sold over 6 million copies- “It’s A Heartache” #3 in 1977 and then this one.