“Holding Out for a Hero” is a song by the Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. The song was written by Jim Steinman. It was originally released in January 1984 as the single from the soundtrack to the Herbert Ross’ musical drama film “Footloose”. In 1986, it was included on Tyler’s sixth studio album, “Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire”.
“Holding Out for a Hero” is characterized by its energetic rock sound and Bonnie Tyler’s distinctive raspy vocals. The song features a memorable melody and a strong, driving beat, which gives it an anthemic quality. The lyrics of “Holding Out for a Hero” convey themes of yearning and the desire for a hero to save the day. The song’s narrator expresses a longing for a strong and heroic figure to come to their rescue. The chorus, with its passionate and powerful delivery, adds to the song’s anthemic and uplifting quality.
The music video was directed by Doug Dowdle. It was filmed at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, and at Veluzat Ranch, California.
“Holding Out for a Hero” became one of Bonnie Tyler’s signature songs and was a commercial success. It reached #2 in the UK and continues to be a beloved classic. The song’s energetic sound and memorable melody have made it a staple of 1980s pop and rock music.