"Total Eclipse of the Heart" gave Bonnie Tyler the success she was looking for, and then some, going all the way to number one and staying at that spot for an astounding four straight weeks. From 1983's Faster Than the Speed of Night, a Jim Steinman production, the album contains a stockpile of Steinman's metaphorical wit and lyrical flamboyance, not unlike the songs that make up Meatloaf's repertoire. The difference, though, was in Tyler's wonderfully gritty voice, which she attained after a throat operation in 1976. With session singer Rory Dodd on backing vocals and Roy Bittan's dreamy piano playing, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" came to be one of the finest ballads ever to hit radio. Tyler's voice produced the perfect type of "desperate lovelorn" effect to suit the romantic lyrics, while the intermittent keyboard work from Steve Margoshes added to the song's enchanting ambience and midnight feel. There's no doubt that this song, and the rest of Faster Than the Speed of Night, glows with a distinct '80s sheen, swept along by lush instrumentation and a well-proportioned musical flow. Tyler almost found the same success with "It's a Heartache" in 1978, which halted at the number three position. She cracked the Top 40 only once after the triumphs of "Total Eclipse of the Heart," bringing Footloose's "Holding Out for a Hero" to number 34 one year later. In 1995, an Englishwoman by the name of Nicki French took a souped-up dance version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" to number two, which regained momentary prominence for Tyler a decade after her smash single.