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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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Pat Benatar u r sooooo awesome !!!!
My favorites are -in order- Love Is A Battlefield, Invincible, We Belong, Sex As A Weapon, and Hit Me With Your Best Shot.
Pat Benatar is in a class all by herself with her powerful rock songs and mesmerize ballads. She is a musical icon and so is her music. I was lucky enough to be in my late twenties when she was at her best and I spent countless hours listening to her music.My favorite Pat Benatar song is Promises In The Dark. I still love it and I'm 54 years old now.
Today's young female singers can only dream of matching her.
@Sethjetter2 0 0 3 Do you mean who would you marry if Benatar wasn't already married and Jett wasn't a lesbian? Lol
You said, oh girl,its a cold world when u keep it all to yourself.I said u can't hide on the inside all the pain you've ever felt"
One of the best bands!! Here's the list of songs I love from her......

.#1 : shadows of the night
.#2 : Fire and ice
.#3 : love is a battle field
.#4 : our love
.#5 : we belong
.#6 :outlaw blues
.#7 : invincible
.#8 : hit me with your best shot
.#9 : promises in the dark
.#10: all fired up
That's my list........ . .
Who would u marry Joan Jett or Pat Benatar
Good question no I can't
Couldn't agree more pat n spider have made some great rock n roll music. Can someone tell me why All Fired Up hasn't got a mention as one of their greatest stadium rock songs anywhere in the bio or commentary so far? Ron
Still an epic song! :3
Your a Heartbreaker Dream Maker!
'Hell Is For Children' ...Still chilling!
she toured with Journey and Loverboy last summer.... saw the show in CA... excellent! she was the best of the 3
Turn up
Love song rock
Cool
I found her annoying in the 80's and it hasn't gotten better in the ensuing decades
saw her last night in Mulvane, ks...awesome show!!
yashi46
Keep the music coming!
This song fire and ice ...is so passionit
Love is a battlefield ♥️
saw her in Toledo last night and that chick killed it!!
One of a kind :-) :-) :-)
jennymancina
Hit me with your best shot!
XD Guitar Hero
What can I say about pat benantar she's timeless :-). I love her music very smooth and a lot of rock. Fire and ice is one of the best :-)
Check out her song "Painted Desert"!!
It's a less known song by Pat, but truly one of her best!
Pat is so Bad A** in every way, that Neil Geraldo, her Husband has been with her for 4 Decades! Can't leave such a beautiful spirit! ;-)
Rock on Pat, Love ya'!
hit me with your best shot
Love her song 'Hit me with your best shot'
Best legs in rock and roll. Too bad videos went away.
best legs in rock and roll. to bad videos went away.
Hi
Hi tony.
Awesome songs , hells yeah. I love all her songs, she's the bomb.
These are awesome songs
Best decade Greatest female singer she always takes me back to the best love I ever had Love you Pat n Lisa forever
I wish we still had music like the 70s through 90s now all these kids are corrupted with todays music :/
LOVE LOVE LOVE HER
Pat Benetar..... . T h e best voice in rock!
Best female rock vocalist !!! I love the songs: shadows of the night, one love, hit me with your best shot, we belong, out law blues, love is a battle field, promises in the dark, in invincible etc.. i miss the 80's so much!! Cuz people don't know what true good music now today... Today's music gets old after listening to it only,once. But music,like this from the 80's I can,listen to forever and never gets old!!!!!! :)
Every time this song love is a battlefield I am rocking my head off
I love you pat Benatar!
I love you pat Benatar your amazing!
I love Pat Benatar she rocks!
pooh_bear333
We are strong no one can tell us we are wrong. Love is a battlefield
I'm only 17 years but I live her music. In fact I seen Pat live
Every time We Belong Together pops up, I am SO HAPPY. This song is so classic and perfect.
Love her :-)
My mom love you she sing this song at a club
Best female rock vocalist ever!!
On AC DC radio lol
pooh_bear333
Shiggle Aka Higgins grow a brain.
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