“Total Eclipse of the Heart” is a power ballad performed by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. The song was released on February 11, 1983 (June in the U.S.) with “Take Me Back” on the B-side as the first single from her fifth studio album “Faster Than the Speed of Night”. It is known for its dramatic and emotional sound. It was written and produced by Jim Steinman. The song’s production is grand and symphonic, incorporating elements of rock and pop. Bonnie Tyler’s powerful and raspy vocals are a defining feature of the track.
Lyrically, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” explores themes of heartache and longing. The song’s narrator reflects on a love that has waned, leaving them feeling empty and desiring a return to the intensity of their past relationship.
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” became one of Bonnie Tyler’s signature songs and was a commercial success, topping the singles charts in many countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Worldwide, the single has sales in excess of 6 million copies. Its emotional and dramatic quality has made it an enduring classic of the 1980s and a beloved ballad in pop music.
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart – Lyrics