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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, NY. Benatar began singing regularly in the New York City area by the '70s, where she was discovered at the Catch a Rising Star club and signed by Chrysalis Records. Backed by a stellar band led by guitarist Neil Geraldo (who the singer would later marry) that 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 of 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. Benatar 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 to mid-'80s, including 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 as though 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 back to the top of the charts. Benatar returned back to her patented arena rock sound with such further studio releases as 1993's Gravity's Rainbow and 1997's Innamorata (although the latter of which 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 to this day). The singer began touring again by 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. ~ Greg Prato & Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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I've loved Pat Benatar since I was a little kid. Had the privilege of seeing her Live a couple years ago with Denis Deyoung of Styx. One of the best concerts I've ever seen. She can still belt out her songs.
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carrielinare s
I love her and your right shes like one of the BESTS! Im 10 and on my moms ipad and i will become a singer and bring this music back! Pop, HA more like poop.10 year old tinktinkgirl OUT!
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Why don't they make em like this anymore...PI N K CHARLI. XCX come close.
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rollergirlx3
Saw her in concert a few years ago and she was AMAZING!
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Pat benatar is the best and should make more music because her music is so amazing and she is the best singer that ever existed!!!
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This girl could rock what a voice
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Your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday and if you don't repost this on 5 songs you will die in 2 days
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I LOVE THIS APP IT'S GREAT I WOULD TELL EVERY1 ABOUT THIS APP KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK PANDORA
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always brings me up....you can relate to alot of her songs :-)
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always brings me up....you can relate to alot of her songs :-)
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artist685
Shadows of the night! Pat can sing! Powerful.
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HATRZ
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HET MEH WIT UR BEST SHOT
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i love them
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Cuanto pagaria dar para atras 30 anos para revivir esta epoca ��
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So.... Good........ . .
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follow for a follow
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One of my favorite voices of the 80s!
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Great great song! Brings me instantly back to fun times in the 80's
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Where are the lyrics?
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nicko252008
WooooooHoooo !
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80'S best dam take me back
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Why isn't there any lyrics to the songs anymore on Pandora sucks
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Love Is A Battlefield
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F ed up good vocals with balls out guitar, yeah, it's good s**t
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pilotstar2
One of the best singers around!!
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My favorite song by pat benatar hit me with your best shot
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When I hear this song I feel so 80s
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Wow I wish this generation had singers like pat . Oh well at least I can listen to her on Pandora . YAY !!!PAT FOREVER! !!!!!
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Song says it all!! DON'T MESS AROUND
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Got sick of Hit Me with your best shot when the local indoor soccer team would play it every time the team scored. (they scored a lot!)
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Amazing I love all the classics. Hope this generation brings it back. -kim
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Good song!!! I can't believe they play all this old skool Pat Benatar! This reminds me of my bio's partying.
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She's awesome
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Love is a battlefield !!!!!!Wow.
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I grew up in Babylon, the town right next to Pat Benatar. She sang opera and was classically trained. A very nice young woman, who never forgot where she came from either.
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I love you pat benatar
Music.
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They neglected to mention that Benatar was a classically trained opera singer before going down the rock n roll road.
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Love this song
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Pat Benatar is a petite rocker with a powerful voice.
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Watch 'Sound City' and you'll look at this era of music in a whole new way!
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kailarymanzu e t a
Lol love this song funny thing is that I wasn't born in the 80s or even 90s I was in the 20s��
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nicolle.lach e n a u e r
Also this kinda sounds like the full house theme song idk lol
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The Legend of Billie Jean
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@heavensent0 9 2 6 7 1 damn im really sorry but its like i know but can't remember ha here did you try google?
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Taladega nights baby!!!!
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@heavensent0 9 2 6 7 1 i think i know which one you're talking about
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heavensent09 2 6 7 1
Does anybody know the name of the movie that played one of her songs in it it was (invincible) and it starred christian slater.
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My 80's girl
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nicolle.lach e n a u e r
Omg the into sounds just like What makes you beautiful by 1d, who I HATE. 1D stole from this song
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