“Eternal Flame” is a song by the American pop-rock band The Bangles. It was written by lead vocalist Susanna Hoffs and American songwriter Billy Steinberg. “Eternal Flame” was released on January 23, 1989 with “What I Meant to Say” on the B-side as the second single from their third studio album, “Everything.” The song is one of The Bangles’ most well-known hits and is celebrated for its heartfelt and romantic lyrics.
“Eternal Flame” is characterized by its soft rock and pop ballad style, featuring gentle instrumentation, including acoustic guitars and the ethereal vocals of lead singer Susanna Hoffs. The song’s production creates an intimate and emotional atmosphere.The song’s lyrics convey themes of enduring love and devotion. It expresses a deep and everlasting affection for a loved one, symbolized by the imagery of an eternal flame. The song’s emotional and intimate atmosphere is accentuated by the gentle instrumentation, including acoustic guitars and the ethereal vocals of lead singer Susanna Hoffs.
“Eternal Flame” by The Bangles was a significant commercial success. The song achieved high chart positions in multiple countries and became one of The Bangles’ most well-known hits. It reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, making it their first and only chart-topping single on that chart.
In addition to its success in the United States, “Eternal Flame” performed well internationally, reaching the top of the charts in the United Kingdom and Australia. The song’s romantic and heartfelt lyrics, combined with its soft rock and pop ballad style, resonated with audiences and contributed to its acclaim.
“Eternal Flame” remains a classic love ballad and a standout track in The Bangles’ catalog, celebrated for its timeless and emotional quality.