Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins; 8 June 1951) is a Welsh singer. She was born in Skewen, Wales, and spent seven years performing in pubs and clubs around South Wales before being signed to RCA Records in 1975. Tyler 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”. Her 1978 single “It’s a Heartache” was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number 4 in the UK and number 3 in the US. After winning the 10th World Popular Song Festival in 1979, Tyler converted from country music to rock music.
“Holding Out for a Hero” was recorded for the soundtrack to the 1984 film Footloose, and later appeared on the Bonnie Tyler album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire (1986). It was written by Jim Steinman and Dean Pitchford. Initially, the song only just reached the Top 100 in the UK Singles Chart, but made it to number 2 the following year, and re-entered the charts again at number 69 in 1991. The song reached No. 1 on the Irish Singles Chart on 28 September 1985.
The song’s instrumental break was reused from an earlier song by Jim Steinman called “Stark Raving Love”, which featured on Steinman’s 1981 album Bad for Good.
Bonnie Tyler re-recorded the song on her album Simply Believe (2004). German darkwave project Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows recorded a cover for their 2011 album Have You Seen This Ghost?. Another German band, van Canto, released a cover version of the song at their 2014 studio album Dawn of the Brave.
Holding Out For A Hero (Dance Version/Jellybean Remix) 6:19
Holding Out For A Hero (Instrumental) 5:15