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‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ is, fittingly, the No. 1 song in America
As Americans enjoyed their murky skies on Monday during the first total eclipse visible in the United States since 1979, Bonnie Tyler’s enduring karaoke epic “Total Eclipse of the Heart” shot to No. 1 on iTunes. According to Time, the song is up 500 percent in sales this week.
The U.K. singer sang her 1983 anthem aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Total Eclipse” cruise ship Monday afternoon and serenaded CNN with a preview. Yeah, she’s still got it:
According to TMZ, sales of the song are up 267 percent on Amazon. This is to say nothing about all the people who are just streaming the original music video on YouTube. The video was streamed nearly 260,000 times on Monday in the hours leading up to the eclipse.
Count Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is among fans of the track. He had it queued up on his phone:
The song was most known from 2003-2016 because of Old School, when the Dan Band did a profane version of it during Will Ferrell’s character’s wedding. But now it’s transcended frat-pack humor, and taken its rightful place as the defining soundtrack to celestial phenomenas.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with data from YouTube.
Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.