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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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jljul20
Great songs
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She is the soundtrack of my youth. And her husband is hot.
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We belong love this song and you you rock❤️❤️❤️❤️ y y y y y a a a a a y y y y y y y a a a a a y y y y a y a y a y a y a y a y y a y a y a y a y y a y a y a y y a y a y y a y a y a y a y a y a y y a y a y a y y a y a y a y a y y a y a y a omg ILOVE you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Love the80s awesome�����
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Take my hand ILOVE YOU❤️❤️❤️❤️❤
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DONT READ THIS! YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you've been reading this don't stop. If you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other song in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen. It's freaky cause it actually works.
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Love the 80s
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ajazzygirl
She rocks with the best of them. A true talent.
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benatarfanop
The Best voice on rock!!!! Here is to the queen!!!
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Love her
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natalia.horc a s i t a s
When we were being especially annoying as kids my mom would blast Hell is for Children! Love that song, I love most of her songs, We Belong has to be my ultimate fave though.
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��I love the music of Pat Benatar❤️���
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love the oldy music
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Sweet
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See her live if you get the chance - great show!
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bighook24
I would like to see her at a smaller venue, this is one of my favorite songs from the lady bands.
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She's the QUEEN and the world's greatest singer
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Her songs are in the old movie " the legend of Billie Jean " some of her best songs are in that movie and honestly lets face it we all know girls kick a** and she can sing!?....f* * k all the haters!
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will always love Pat Benatar
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Love it
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I love this song so much, and Pat Benatar has an amazing voice, but...I wish I could forget the tacky choreography in this video when I hear the song :-/
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Pat Benetar has done what only a handful of female rockers have, made it big & did it without shoving her chest/crotch at the camera! (Hello Lita Ford!) She managed a successful personal life, without sex/drug scandals, or trying to be something she is not. I have nothing but respect for her, and honor her as one of America's best examples of how to do it! Be a "rocker chick" without compromise, and with loyal, unforgetting fans. Brava!
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True Love SUCKED! I paid good money to see her concert that promoted her hits. Half the room left once they knew she wasn't singing them Just that crap! She learned her lesson on my dollar1
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Love this song
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its raining men
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If taking was gonna get done....You' d decide ...Where & When........ . . . . . . . . . . X . O
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Good song like pat benatar.girl can sing!!!!!!
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I'm the biggest fan of hit me with your best shot love your music fav
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Bangles acceptable for about two songs.
In short, they open for Pat, maybe.
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Actually alawhatever, check out her AFTER 80s stuff, she is awesome,
And not to continue to school you, but He'll is for Children and Promises in the Dark stand up next to anything any dude did in that time frame, so go to iTunes, download, regret the s**t you just posted, and come back enlightened, and enjoy.
Namaste
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alabastervil l i s 0
and just like heart and many other female fronted bands in hard rock, benatar proved that women cant rock as hard and fast as men. their boring whinny ballads overwhelm their cds and they prove themselfs too soft and resort to being soft pop artists reaching only for top ten glory. im not saying she doesnt possess talent, she has buttloads of that and a great voice but her early work far outshines her late 80s crap
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Deb03 I don't have short hair and I know I do not suck so grow up and get over it
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Deb03 one of the best female rockers ever up with pat benatar and Suzi Q
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Yeah I agree anyone with a voice like her's should not be judge by her style of hair so the person who made that comment needs to get a life
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rock on loveon if you can find it then holdontightf o r t h e e n t i r e r i d e it snot saadamn fairytale enjoythe ride and f**k wit hallyou gotto give
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a_good_dad77
Rock On Pat! Her music got me through an early 80's tour in Korea.
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Pat was always a favorite of mine as I grew up in the 80's and always sounds great! Beth death.
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Mmills7933 I agree
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giselahardya l
Great singer with a fabulous range
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mickeytheplu m b e r
All night is awesome
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Taylor Swift has nothing on this woman. In 20 years you won't know who Taylor Swift was, but you'll always remember Pet Benatar. That's my prediction. Rock on rockers
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and you my friend are stupid
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We're running with pat benatar so baby take pats hand you'll be alright
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She looks alot like my mom and sometimes I call her yes pat benatar
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Good one, yes!
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Great song!
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Cant stand how the radio dosent play her songs enough but i love her
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She Rocks!!!! It don't matter if her hair is short! How dumb!! Maybe she likes her hair short! Being a hairdresser for 18 yrs,I know women like what they like!
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Heartbreaker , , she's got one hell of a voice. My fav has gotta b Hell Is For Children.. ROCK ON Everyone
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Pat, Ann Wilson, and Debbie Harry were absolutely the best female singers of their generation and probably the last. I was a hardcore metal head during that time period so I didn't think a lot of them at the time but I have their music on my iPod now and I let my kids hear what real music and talent sound like. Heartbreaker , Barracuda, and Call Me are among the best hard-edged songs that stand right there with other hard rocking songs.
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