The song was written by Mike Chapman and Holly Knight and produced by Neil Giraldo and Peter Coleman. “Love Is a Battlefield” was released in September 1983 with “Hell Is for Children” (live version) on the B-side as the lead single from her live albmum, “Live from Earth”. It became one of Benatar’s biggest hits, reaching the top ten in several countries, including #1 in Australia, #2 in Canada, and #5 in the United States.
The music video was directed b American direcotr Bob Giraldi. It features Benatar playing a rebellious teenage girl getting kicked out of her home by her father (played by actor Trey Wilson). She becomes a dancer to support herself and her fellow dancers, who ultimately unite and rebel against their exploitative manager. The video was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video.
The song’s lyrics touch on themes of independence, self-empowerment, and the difficulties of navigating love and relationships. The chorus of the song is particularly memorable, with Benatar singing, “We are young / Heartache to heartache we stand / No promises, no demands / Love is a battlefield.”
“Love Is a Battlefield” has since become a classic of 1980s rock music and an anthem for female empowerment. The song’s catchy melody and powerful message have continued to resonate with audiences and have made it a popular choice for movies, TV shows, and commercials. The song was covered many times, including by the co-songwriter of the song, Holly Knight who recorded her own version for her 1989 sole debut solo album, Holly Knight.