Turn around, because Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 classic, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” has reached one billion views on YouTube. The clip, filmed in England’s Holloway Sanatorium, is the Welsh artist’s first to reach the impressive milestone.
Written and produced by Meat Loaf collaborator Jim Steinman, the track spent four weeks at No. 1 upon its release — and much of its popularity was due to the music video. The risqué, academic-themed clip was directed by pioneer Russell Mulcahy, who had directed the first video shown on MTV, The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Tyler went on to release one more top 40 hit in 1984 with another Steinman-produced cut: the Footloose soundtrack single “Holding Out for a Hero.”
Back in 2017, during the total solar eclipse, Tyler performed the hit on a Royal Caribbean cruise with Joe Jonas’ DNCE as her backing band, just as the eclipse reached its totality. That week, sales of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” were up 500%.
In celebration of the music video for “Total Eclipse of the Heart (Turn Around)” hitting one billion views on YouTube, revisit the beloved clip below.