Obscure Song Monday – Total Eclipse of the Heart
This is our weekly feature called “Obscure Song Monday.” Each week we spotlight a song from the 70’s or 80’s that was a big hit on the charts – but over time – seemed to have been forgotten about. This week's song is "Total Eclipse of the Heart" from Welsh singer, Bonnie Tyler. It's the first single from her 1983 album, "Faster Than the Speed of Night."
According to songfacts, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" was originally written for Meatloaf by his songwriter and producer, Jim Steinman.
The song is Bonnie Tyler's most successful power ballad peaking at #1 in several countries including: Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom and here in the United States. At the peak of it's popularity, "Eclipse" was selling 60,000 copies a day and approximately six million in total.
According to Billboard, sales for Total Eclipse of the Heart" rose more than 500% due to all the talk and buzz surrounding the August 21 total solar eclipse.
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" peaked at #1 on the Hot 100 on October 1, 1983 and remained in that position for 4 weeks.