Song of the Day: “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler

While many aspects of 80’s pop have always flown a little bit over my head, such as the over-reliance on drum machines and stodgy arrangements that favor filler noise over tasteful craft, one fad that I am bummed to have missed is power ballads. In fact I am 100% in favor of power ballads making a comeback.

Bonnie Tyler provided us one of the truly iconic entries in the power ballad genre in “Total Eclipse.” Featuring a handful of infinitely-quoted lyrics, a hugely dramatic production, and a soaring vocal part, this song borders on STATMYALTIYCHBBITGSOAT, specially during the chorus.

Then those keyboard solos kick in and everything it’s a bit too hammy, even for my tastes. But I suppose that’s all part of the package when it comes to power ballads.

I also am obliged to mention the utterly bananas music video (Lady Gaga ain’t got shit), memorably parodied in the Literal Video series.

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Dan S.

Dan is the editor of Earn This. He co-founded the site in 2009.

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day: “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler

    • Seriously so many great, absurd lines. “Staring at the swim team gets you killed by a gang of dancing ninja men who know how to twirl.”

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