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Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar's polished mainstream pop/rock made her one of the more popular female vocalists of the early '80s. Although she came on like an arena rocker with her power chords, tough sexuality, and powerful vocals, her music was straight pop/rock underneath all the bluster. Born Patricia Andrzejewski on January 10, 1953, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the singer was raised in the nearby town of Lindenhurst on Long Island, New York. Benatar began singing regularly in the New York City area in the '70s, where she was discovered at the Catch a Rising Star club and signed by Chrysalis Records. A stellar band led by guitarist Neil Geraldo (who the singer would later marry), provided the perfect accompaniment that was able to effortlessly alternate between rockers and ballads. Benatar quickly established herself as one of rock's top vocalists, scoring a hit right off the bat with her debut album, 1979's In the Heat of the Night, which spawned such radio favorites as "Heartbreaker" and "I Need a Lover" (the latter of which was written by a then unknown John Mellencamp).

Benatar's sophomore effort, 1980's Crimes of Passion, more than delivered on the debut's promise and it's often considered to be the finest recording of her career. Spurred on by such classic rock radio standards as "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," "Treat Me Right," and "You Better Run," the album was certified platinum shortly after its release and Benatar became a certified arena headliner in the U.S. She also became one of the most-played artists during MTV's early days, received several Grammy Awards around this time, and continued to enjoy massive hits and sold-out tours throughout the early and mid-'80s. She released such albums as 1981's Precious Time, 1982's Get Nervous, 1983's Live from Earth, 1984's Tropico, 1985's Seven the Hard Way, and 1988's Wide Awake in Dreamland, plus the singles "Fire & Ice," "Promises in the Dark," "Shadows of the Night," "Love Is a Battlefield," "We Belong," and "Invincible." But by the end of the decade, it appeared that Benatar had fallen of the face of the Earth as the hits seemed to dry up.

Benatar opted to shift musical gears and issue an album of blues and R&B, 1991's True Love, which failed to return the singer to the top of the charts. She returned to her patented arena rock sound with such further studio releases as 1993's Gravity's Rainbow and 1997's Innamorata (although the latter was largely acoustic-based), and while the albums didn't exactly measure up to her earlier releases, both were solid efforts. The late '90s saw a pair of live archival releases hit record store shelves, 1998's 8-15-80 and 1999's The King Biscuit Flower Hour Live, in addition to countless hits collections (although the best of the bunch proved to be 1989's Best Shots, which remains a steady seller). The singer began touring again in the middle of the decade (after taking a five-year hiatus from the road), co-headlining shows with REO Speedwagon, Fleetwood Mac, the Steve Miller Band, and Styx. She also continued to dabble in acting, appearing in the ABC Afterschool Special Torn Between Two Fathers and on various sitcoms. In August 2003, Benatar returned to recording with Go (Vanguard), her first studio LP since 1997's Innamorata. The LP revisited the arena rock/MOR sound that had defined Benatar's career, and was accompanied by an extensive tour.

Benatar's next big project was the 2010 publication of her memoir, Between a Heart and a Rock Place. Following that, she and Neil Giraldo regularly toured, including a 35th Anniversary blow-out that began in 2014 and ran into 2015, a year that also saw a commemorative live CD/DVD release of the tour. ~ Greg Prato & Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Seven The Hard Way

1. Sex As A Weapon

2. Le Bel Age

3. Walking In The Underground

4. Big Life

5. Red Vision

6. 7 Rooms Of Gloom

7. Run Between The Raindrops

8. Invincible

9. The Art Of Letting Go

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Track List: Tropico

1. Diamond Field

2. We Belong

3. Painted Desert

4. Temporary Heroes

5. Love In The Ice Age

6. Ooh Ooh Song

7. Outlaw Blues

8. Suburban King

9. A Crazy World Like This

10. Takin' It Back

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Track List: Heartbreaker

1. Heartbreaker

2. Hit Me With Your Best Shot

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Track List: Ultimate Collection

Disc 1

1. Heartbreaker

2. I Need A Lover

3. In The Heat Of The Night

4. We Live For Love

5. Treat Me Right

6. You Better Run

7. Never Wanna Leave You

8. Hit Me With Your Best Shot

9. Hell Is For Children

10. Promises In The Dark

11. Fire And Ice

12. Just Like Me

13. It's A Tuff Life

14. Precious Time

15. Shadows Of The Night

16. Looking For A Stranger

17. Anxiety (Get Nervous)

18. Little Too Late

19. The Victim

20. Lipstick Lies

21. Love Is A Battlefield

Disc 2

1. Diamond Field

2. We Belong

3. Ooh Ooh Song

4. Outlaw Blues

5. Painted Desert

6. Invincible

7. Sex As A Weapon

8. Le Bel Age

9. All Fired Up

10. Don't Walk Away

11. One Love (Song Of The Lion)

12. Let's Stay Together

13. Payin' The Cost To Be Boss

14. True Love

15. I Feel Lucky

16. The Good Life

17. Everybody Lay Down

18. Somebody's Baby

19. Every Time I Fall Back

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Heartbreaker

2. We Live For Love

3. Hit Me With Your Best Shot

4. Hell Is For Children

5. Treat Me Right

6. You Better Run

7. Fire And Ice

8. Promises In The Dark

9. Precious Time

10. Shadows Of The Night

11. Little Too Late

12. Looking For A Stranger

13. Love Is A Battlefield

14. We Belong

15. Ooh Ooh Song

16. Invincible

17. Sex As A Weapon

18. Le Bel Age

19. All Fired Up

20. One Love

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Track List: Innamorata

1. Guitar Intro

2. Only You Can Rock Me

3. River Of Love

4. I Don't Want To Be Your Friend

5. Strawberry Wine

6. Purgatory

7. Papa's Roses

8. At This Time

9. Dirty Little Secrets

10. Angry

11. In These Times

12. Innamorata

13. Gina's Song

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Track List: Gravity's Rainbow

1. Pictures Of A Gone World

2. Everybody Lay Down

3. Somebody's Baby

4. Ties That Bind

5. You & I

6. Disconnected

7. Crazy

8. Every Time I Fall

9. Sanctuary

10. Rise (Part 2)

11. Kingdom Key

12. Tradin' Down

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Track List: True Love

1. Bloodshot Eyes

2. Payin' The Cost To Be Boss

3. So Long

4. I've Got Papers On You

5. I Feel Lucky

6. True Love

7. The Good Life

8. Evening

9. I Get Evil

10. Don't Happen No More

11. Please Come Home For Christmas

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Track List: Best Shots

1. Love Is A Battlefield

2. Promises In The Dark

3. One Love

4. All Fired Up

5. We Live For Love

6. Hell Is For Children

7. Shadows Of The Night

8. Hit Me With Your Best Shot

9. We Belong

10. Invincible

11. Fire And Ice

12. Heartbreaker

13. Suffer The Little Children / Hell Is For Children (Live)

14. Painted Desert

15. Outlaw Blues

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Track List: Wide Awake In Dreamland

1. All Fired Up

2. One Love (Song Of The Lion)

3. Let's Stay Together

4. Don't Walk Away

5. Too Long A Soldier

6. Cool Zero

7. Cerebral Man

8. Lift 'Em On Up

9. Suffer The Little Children

10. Wide Awake In Dreamland

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Track List: Live From Earth (Live)

1. Fire And Ice (Live)

2. Lookin' For A Stranger (Live)

3. I Want Out (Live)

4. We Live For Love (Live)

5. Hell Is For Children (Live)

6. Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Live)

7. Promises In The Dark (Live)

8. Heartbreaker (Live)

9. Love Is A Battlefield

10. Lipstick Lies

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Track List: Get Nervous

1. Shadows Of The Night

2. Looking For A Stranger

3. Anxiety (Get Nervous)

4. Fight It Out

5. The Victim

6. Little Too Late

7. I'll Do It

8. I Want Out

9. Tell It To Her

10. Silent Partner

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Track List: Precious Time

1. Promises In The Dark

2. Fire And Ice

3. Just Like Me

4. Precious Time

5. It's A Tuff Life

6. Take It Anyway You Want It

7. Evil Genius

8. Hard To Believe

9. Helter Skelter

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Track List: Crimes Of Passion

1. Treat Me Right

2. You Better Run

3. Never Wanna Leave You

4. Hit Me With Your Best Shot

5. Hell Is For Children

6. Little Paradise

7. I'm Gonna Follow You

8. Wuthering Heights

9. Prisoner Of Love

10. Out-A-Touch

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Track List: In The Heat Of The Night

1. Heartbreaker

2. I Need A Lover

3. If You Think You Know How To Love Me

4. In The Heat Of The Night

5. My Clone Sleeps Alone

6. We Live For Love

7. Rated X

8. Don't Let It Show

9. No You Don't

10. So Sincere

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Oh my god 13 going on 30 with jennifer Garner, Judy Greer and mark Ruffalo. I like Matty and Jena together more than ever. Friends becoming more than friends was so cute. I like the wedding rowsrds the end or the movie Matty and Jena's wedding and them both moving to a house also eating their favorite candy also.
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Still loving Pat B. ❤❤❤❤
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OMG MOM!!!!!!!��
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Pat was the sh!t live the 80s
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Don't read this. Now I have started u will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Don't stop his is freaky. But if u read and ignore u will have bad luck Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes then press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in all caps. This is so creepy but it actually works
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Classic jam, & such an awesome 1 by Pat Benatar. This song rocks and is one of my favorites by her. Hit Me With Your Best Shot, it totally kicks a**! Pat Benatar is an awesome amazing singer.What a voice this woman has, she is one of my favorite female rock vocalist ever! Pat Benatar totally kicks & rocks a**! Rock on!
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#80'schicroc k
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Always Awesome!
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Can you Follow me back Good Song
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Love this song. The video is a little cheesy but definitely from the 80's.
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You're the right kind of sinner, to release my inter fantasy!
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higginslady
Greatest female singer of all time.
Love listening to Pat.
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I wish I could go back in time again!! You folks that was born in the 80's or grew up in the 80's know what I'm talking about!!
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Love listening to Pay Benatar.
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Totally rock the 80s and the 90s thank you Pat
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This lady rocks
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This
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prevo40
I miss this kind of music ! I loved playing here music on my dad's stereo! If only they still made this music instead of today's music and I'm only 17 so sad what the world has came too! :(
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The best song ever!! Pat rocks!
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She rocks!
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The was bet time for music
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I love HeartBreaker ! !
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Yea it is
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Stop with the Don't Read this it's annoying. And can be creepy
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Love this song ��
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Pat Benatar is the best girl singer from the 80's!!!! I love Pat Benatar! Also...check out my YouTube channel at mustachegirl y 2 4
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Love this track!
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I hear it
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Reminds me of my blue light disco days ....
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Such a good song!
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What...U...T r y i n g . t o do too my SOUL........ . ! X X X X X O O O O O O U . . . B E T T E R . . . . R U N!!!!!!!!!!! ! !
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Sexy was song ooh I'm get n it
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Tell. Em girl get it. Ahh shot I feel you pat
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Hope she sing next year she's the best singer
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Love taker don't you mess around with me!!! gotta love the transition into female 80's rock!!
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Saw the 35th anniversary show and she can still bring it. Vocals were still powerful even though she had to drop an octave on some of the high parts and Neil's playing was sharp. In the heyday, I was a hardcore thrash/metal guy so I didn't pay much attention to her but several years ago, I rediscovered her and she is/was the best female rock vocalist of the era. Love is a Battlefield is an incredible song and a great showcase for her power. Today's singers could learn a lot from her.
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Totally awesome jam! By this great Entertainer songwriter singer, Pat Benatar. Love is a Battlefield, this is one of my favorite songs by her. And this is so true: Love is a Battlefield. Pat Benatar rocks! Rock on!
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We are young heart ache to heart ache ,searching our hearts for the knowing. Love is a battlefield! !!
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Still no lyrics! Why?
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Pat benitar is so ausome
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sonya, lik yur boobs
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