Holding Out for a Hero

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"Holding Out for a Hero"
Single by Bonnie Tyler
from the album Footloose: Original Soundtrack of the Paramount Motion Picture and Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire
B-side"Faster Than the Speed of Night"
Released1984
GenreRock[1]
Length
  • 5:50 (album version)
  • 4:22 (single edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Jim Steinman
Bonnie Tyler singles chronology
"A Rockin' Good Way (to Mess Around and Fall in Love)"
(1984)
"Holding Out for a Hero"
(1984)
"Here She Comes"
(1984)
Music video
"Holding Out for a Hero" at YouTube

"Holding Out for a Hero" is a song recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler for the soundtrack to the 1984 movie Footloose, and later included on her 1986 album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire.

It was written by Jim Steinman and Dean Pitchford. 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. It reached the top 40 in the United States and Canada.

The song later become popular after Jennifer Saunders recorded the song for the 2004 movie Shrek 2.

Charts[change | change source]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 44
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 19
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 19
Eurocharts European Hot 100 Singles[5] 77
European Airplay Top 50 Music & Media[6] 39
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 19
Italy (FIMI)[8] 30
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 33
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[10] 23
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 19
UK Singles (OCC)[12] 96
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 34
Finland The Official Finnish Charts[14] 8
Chart (1985) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 1
UK Singles (OCC)[16] 2
European Airplay Top 50 Music & Media[17] 19
Eurocharts European Hot 100 Singles[18] 29

References[change | change source]

  1. Stenning, Paul (August 2005). ""Golden Gods 2005 Issue"". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 2022-01-04.
  2. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 316. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. "Austriancharts.at – Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out for a Hero" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6742." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  5. "Euro-Airplay-Smashes" (PDF). Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  6. "Euro-Airplay-Smashes" (PDF). Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  7. "Offiziellecharts.de – Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out for a Hero" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  8. "Hit Parade Italia". HitParadeItalia (in Italian). Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  9. "Charts.nz – Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out for a Hero". Top 40 Singles.
  10. "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1965 – 1989 Acts T". The South African Rock Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  11. "Swedishcharts.com – Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out for a Hero". Singles Top 100.
  12. "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  13. "Bonnie Tyler Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  14. "Suomen virallinen lista". Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  15. "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Holding Out for a Hero". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  16. "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  17. "Euro-Airplay-Smashes" (PDF). Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  18. "Eurocharts Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Retrieved January 19, 2019.