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'Total Eclipse of The Heart' Tops Charts Again

Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart shot to No. 1 on the iTunes chart as the eclipse took place on Monday, after first topping the Hot 100 back in 1983.

Bonnie Tyler, singer
Bonnie Tyler in 1997

As tens of millions of Americans craned their heads toward the sky to see a complete eclipse of the sun, with yet more catching a nearly complete eclipse, it seems that a soundtrack was required to truly round off the event.

A four decades old hit song that everyone clearly thought was the ideal accompaniment to this momentous occasion has become a smash all over again, as Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler rockets to No. 1 on iTunes as the eclipse takes place. The single rises to the highest spot on the U.S. iTunes chart in real-time, reaching the summit as millions are taking in the lunar event.

Tyler’s hit single had been rising on iTunes all day on Monday, but it wasn’t until the eclipse was taking place directly over the United States that the song rose to No. 1. And, the day after the eclipse, the 'power ballad' found itself back in the Hot 100 again.

Total Eclipse of the Heart ranks as the biggest hit of Tyler’s career. The song reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1983. Gaynor Sullivan MBE, known professionally as Bonnie Tyler, is a Welsh singer who is known for her distinctive husky voice. She first came to prominence with the release of her 1977 album The World Starts Tonight and its singles Lost in France and More Than a Lover.

If you need to refresh your memory about the song, click here to watch Tyler performing it live all the way back in 1983.


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