Song: “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meat Loaf
Reached #1: November 6, 1993 (his first, 5 weeks)
When Bonnie Tyler hit #1 with Jim Steinman’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”, it underscored a kind of surprising fact – Steinman hadn’t yet reached #1 with his primary client, Meat Loaf.
The epic “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” only reached #39. The followup, “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”, hit #11 – both were in 1977. Meat Loaf then failed to place any singles in the Top 40 until this all-out assault in 1993. After that? Two top 20 singles and that’s it.
Of course, Meat Loaf is an artist who doesn’t really rely on singles. He’s an album guy – with the Bat Out Of Hell trilogy all racking up massive sales (keeping in mind they came out in 1977, 1993, and 2006!).
The fact is, though, that the third Bat album almost didn’t happen – Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman wound up suing each other over the album before a settlement in mid-2006 that allowed that album to come out.
Meat Loaf is currently touring to support his most recent album, Hell In A Handbasket, which he calls his most personal album. He’s also said he is going to work with Steinman again – even if Steinman “doesn’t know it yet”. So will there be a fourth Bat Out Of Hell? I wouldn’t bet against it.
Tomorrow, one of the singers who rode the first wave of mall tours to the top of the charts.
Other songs that reached #1 on November 6:
1961 – “Big Bad John” by Jimmy Dean (his first, 5 weeks)
1965 – “Get Off Of My Cloud” by the Rolling Stones (their second, 2 weeks)
1971 – “Gypsys, Tramps, and Thieves” by Cher (her first, 2 weeks)
1976 – “Rock’n Me” by the Steve Miller Band (their second, 1 week)
1982 – “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes (Cocker’s first, 3 weeks)