Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Top 20 Jim Steinman Songs

Jim Steinman's music has always been about power and passion on an almost operatic scale.His productions can be described as thunderous rock played by a sweeping orchestra with background harmonies crashing against it all like waves against a cliff face - Dazzling in it's beauty, frightening in it's power.The Lord of Excess has produced some of the greatest rock anthems of all time. I bet you didn't know that all of these great songs were written by the same hand. These are my top 20 Jim Steinman songs.

1. Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell

I'm gonna hit the highway like a battering ram / On a silver black phantom bike / When the metal is hot and the engine is hungry / And we're all about to see the light / Nothing ever grows in this rotting old hole / Everything is stunted and lost / And nothing really rocks / And nothing really rolls / And nothing's ever worth the cost

2. Fire Inc - Tonight is What it Means to be Young

I've got a dream 'bout an angel on the beach and the perfect waves are starting to curl / his hair is flying out in ribbons of gold and his touch has got the power to stun / I've got a dream 'bout an angel in the forest enchanted by the edge of a lake / his body's flowing in the jewels alive and the earth below is starting to shake / but I don't see any angels in this city / I don't hear any holy choirs sing and if I can't get an angel / I can still get a boy / and a boy'd be the next best thing / the next best thing to an angel/ a boy would be the next best thing

3. Meat Loaf & Lorraine Crosby - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)

Will you hold me sacred? / Will you hold me tight? / Can you colorize my life I'm so sick of black and white? / Can you make it a little less old? / Will you make me some magic, with your own two hands? / Can you build an Emerald city with these grains of sand? / Can you give me something that I can take home?

4. Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart

And I need you now tonight and I need you more than ever / And if you only hold me tight We'll be holding on forever / And we'll only be making it right 'cause we'll never be wrong / Together we can take it to the end of the line / Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time (all of the time) / I don't know what to do and I'm always in the dark / We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks / I really need you tonight, forever's gonna start tonight / Forever's gonna start tonight

5. Jim Steinman - Rock'n'Roll Dreams Come True

There's always something magic / There's always something new / And when you really, really need it the most / That's when rock and roll dreams come through / The beat is yours forever / The beat is always true / And when you really, really need it the most / That's when rock and roll dreams come through...for you...

6. Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back to Me Now

I finished crying in the instant that you left / And I can't remember where or when or how / And I vanished every memory you and I have ever made / When you touch me like this / And you hold me like that / It's so hard to believe but it's all coming back to me

7. Air Supply - Making Love Out of Nothing at All

Everytime I see you all the rays of the sun are streaming through the waves in your hair / And every star in the sky is taking aim at your eyes like a spotlight / The beating of my heart is a drum and it's lost / And it's looking for a rhythm like you / You can take the darkness from the pit of the night / And turn into a beacon burning endlessly bright

8. Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out for a Hero

Somewhere after midnight in my wildest fantasy / Somewhere just beyond my reach / There's someone reaching back for me / Racing on the thunder and rising with the heat / It's gonna take a superman to sweep me off my feet / Up Where the mountains meet the heavens above / Out where the lightning splits the sea / I could swear that there's someone somewhere / Watching me / Through the wind and the chill and the rain / And the storm and the flood / I can feel his approach / Like a fire in my blood

9. Pandora's Box - Original Sin (Natives Are Restless)

It's not enough to make the nightmares go away / It's not enough to make the tears run dry / It's not enough to live a little better every day / Everything that they taught us was nothing but lies / Everything that they bought us was nothing but bribes / But it'll all be over now / All I wanted was a piece of the night / I never got an equal share / When the stars are out of sight / And the moon is down / The natives are so restless tonight

10. Barbra Streisand - Left in the Dark

I should have known that it was coming to this / But I must have been blind / I bet you still got a trace of her love in your eyes / and you've still got her eyes on your mind / You swore you'd be with me at 7 o'clock / Now it's a quarter to 3 / And whatever you got and whoever it was / I guess you couldn't get it from me / Whatever you got and whoever it was / I guess you couldn't get it from me

11. Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren - Loving You is a Dirty Job

When the sky is falling and you're looking round for somewhere to hide / Did you ever call out to someone / Did you ever call out to me, I've never been gone / I've been right here by your side / There ain't nothin' but clouds / There ain't nothin' but clouds in your eyes / Why don't you believe it when you finally found the truth / You've been drinking poison water from the fountain of youth / Why don't you stop tearing up everyone you need the most / You're so busy trying to get even / You never even try to get close

12. Fire Inc - Nowhere Fast

Lying in your bed on a Saturday night / you're sweatin' buckets and it's not even hot / but your brain has got the message / and it's sending it out / to every nerve and every muscle you've got / you've got so many dreams / that you don't know where to put 'em / so you'd better turn a few of 'em loose / your body's got a feeling that it's starting to rust / you'd better rev it up and put it to use

13. Meat Loaf & Ellen Foley - Paradise by the Dashboard Lights

I couldn't take it any longer / Lord I was crazed / And when the feeling came upon me / Like a tidal wave / I started swearing to my god and on my mother's grave / That I would love you to the end of time / I swore that I would love you to the end of time! / So now I'm praying for the end of time / To hurry up and arrive / 'Cause if I gotta spend another minute with you / I don't think that I can really survive / I'll never break my promise or forget my vow / But God only knows what I can do right now / I'm praying for the end of time / It's all that I can do / Praying for the end of time, / So I can end my time with you!!

14. Meat Loaf - Two Out Three Ain't Bad

You'll never find your gold on a sandy beach / You'll never drill for oil on a city street / I know you're looking for a ruby in a mountain of rocks / But there ain't no Coup de Ville / Hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box

15. Tom Jones - Vaults of Heaven

The keys to the vaults of heaven / May be seen in a pure child's eyes / The keys to the vaults of heaven / May be heard in our desperate cries / Open up the vaults / Open up the vaults / We've got to find the keys / The nights have been growing darker / Even darker now than sin / We'll open the vaults of heaven / The glories are there within

16. Jim Steinman - Stark Raving Love

They're howling up at the moon and moaning under the stars / Prowling in the alley and stalking all the prey in the bars / It started out as a whisper but it's building right up into a shriek / You don't say nothing but your body really knows how to speak

17. Meat Loaf - You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth

It was a hot summer night / Beach was burning / Fog crawling over the sand / When I listen to your heart I hear the whole world turning / I see the shooting stars falling through your trembling hands / You were licking your lips and lipstick shining / Dying just to ask for a taste / Lying together in a silver lining / By the light of the moon / You know there's not another moment / Not another moment / Not another moment to waste

18. Barry Manilow - Read'em and Weep

Well, I could tell you "goodbye" or maybe "See you around" with just a touch of a sarcastic "thanks"! / We started out with a bang and at the top of the world / Now the guns are exhausted and the bullets are blanks and everything's blank! / If I could only find the words then I would write it all down / If I could only find a voice I would speak / Oh, it's there in my eyes, oh, can't you see me tonight / Come on and look at me and read 'em and weep!

19. Tina Arena - Whistle Down the Wind

Make it clear and strong / So the whole night long / Every signal that you send / Until the very end / I will not abandon you my precious friend / So try and stem the tide / Then you'll raise a banner / Send a flare up in the sky / Try to burn a torch / And try to build a bonfire

20 Meat Loaf - A Kiss is a Terrible Thing to Waste

So many things in your life that your bound to regret / Why didn't I do that? Why didn't I do this? / So many chances you lost that'll you'll never forget / Why didn't I make it? Why didn't I take it right there? / The loneliest words you'll ever know. / "If only, if only it was so" / The emptiest words that they'll ever be. / "It could have been me. It could have been me" / You'll have to pay for it later. / If you don't get it when its going for free

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