Holding Out for a Hero

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"Holding Out for a Hero"
Single by Bonnie Tyler
from the album Footloose and Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire
Released13 April 1984
FormatCD single, 7", 12"
Recorded1984
GenrePop rock, dance-rock
Length5:50 (album version)
4:21 (single edit)
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Jim Steinman, Dean Pitchford
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)[1] 44
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[2] 19
Illegal chart entered Canadatopsingles 19
Eurocharts European Hot 100 Singles[3] 77
European Airplay Top 50 Music & Media[4] 39
Illegal chart entered Germany2 19
Italy (FIMI)[5] 30
New Zealand (RIANZ)[6] 33
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[7] 23
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 19
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[9] 96
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 34
Finland The Official Finnish Charts[11] 8
Chart (1985) Peak
position
Illegal chart entered Ireland2 1
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[12] 2
European Airplay Top 50 Music & Media[13] 19
Eurocharts European Hot 100 Singles[14] 29

References[change | change source]

  1. 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.
  2. "Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out for a Hero Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Hung Medien.
  3. (PDF) https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Music-and-Media/80s/1984/M&M-1984-06-25.pdf. Retrieved 11 July 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. (PDF) https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Music-and-Media/80s/1984/M&M-1984-05-28.pdf. Retrieved 11 July 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. "Hit Parade Italia". HitParadeItalia (in Italian). Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  6. "Charts.org.nz – Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out for a Hero". Top 40 Singles. Hung Medien.
  7. "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1965 – 1989 Acts T". The South African Rock Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  8. "Swedishcharts.com – Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out for a Hero". Singles Top 60. Hung Medien.
  9. "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  10. "Illegal name entered Bonnie Tyler/Bonnie+Tyler/chart?f=379 Bonnie Tyler Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Bonnie Tyler. Prometheus Global Media.
  11. "Suomen virallinen lista". Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  12. "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  13. (PDF) https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Music-and-Media/80s/1985/M&M-1985-10-07.pdf. Retrieved 23 October 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. "Eurocharts Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Retrieved January 19, 2019.