Hear This: Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero” forces its way to greatness

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week: In honor of Comics Week, we’re focusing on songs with “hero” in their titles.

Bonnie Tyler, “Holding Out For A Hero” (1986)

A lot of the ire aimed at the ’80s can be traced back to the nakedly emotional nature of the decade’s media. The era is dotted with music and movies that appeal directly to the heart without a lot of worries about “sophistication,” a phenomenon that can incite a frightening degree of vulnerability for those not safely protected behind a screen of irony or camp. The best of it, though—like “Holding Out For A Hero,” a borderline-histrionic collaboration between singer Bonnie Tyler, writer Dean Pitchford, and Bat Out Of Hell composer Jim Steinman—is capable of blowing through the sneers, forcibly crossing that protective remove to achieve greatness …

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