Bonnie Tyler

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Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins; 8 June 1951) is a Welsh singer. She was born in Skewen, Wales, and spent seven years performing in pubs and clubs around South Wales before being signed to RCA Records in 1975. Tyler came to prominence with the release of her 1977 album The World Starts Tonight and its singles "Lost in France" and "More Than a Lover". Her 1978 single "It's a Heartache" was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number 4 in the UK and number 3 in the US. After winning the 10th World Popular Song Festival for the UK in 1979, Tyler converted from country music to rock music.

Her career peaked in the 1980s when she collaborated with Jim Steinman, releasing international hits "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Holding Out for a Hero". Tyler's success in this period culminated in two Brit Award and three Grammy Award nominations. Her album Faster Than the Speed of Night entered the UK Albums Chart at No.1 in 1983.

Tyler's shift from rock to pop and soft rock in the 1990s led to success in continental Europe with singles "Bitterblue" (1991), "Fools Lullaby" (1992) and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" (1995). Making a comeback in 2003, she released "Si demain..." with Kareen Antonn, which was a number one in France for ten weeks. Her latest album Rocks and Honey has had moderate success in Europe, with her single "Believe in Me" being used as the UK's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Following the contest, Tyler received two Eurovision Song Contest Radio Awards for Best Song and Best Singer, making her the first UK representative to win the award.

Her distinctive husky voice, which is a result of an operation to remove vocal nodules, has had her compared to artists such as Rod Stewart and Kim Carnes. Tyler has been referred to as the 'International First Lady of Rock', and two of her songs are among the best-selling singles of all time.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 The World Starts Tonight Bonnie Tyler 4
1978 Natural Force Bonnie Tyler 3
1979 Diamond Cut Bonnie Tyler 2
1981 Goodbye to the Island Bonnie Tyler 3
1983 Faster Than the Speed of Night Bonnie Tyler 4
1986 Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire Bonnie Tyler 1
1988 Hide Your Heart Bonnie Tyler 1
1988 Notes From America Bonnie Tyler 1
1991 Bitterblue Bonnie Tyler 4 1
1992 Angel Heart Bonnie Tyler 1
1993 Silhouette in Red Bonnie Tyler 1
1995 Lost in Love Bonnie Tyler 1
1996 Free Spirit Bonnie Tyler 2
1999 All in One Voice Bonnie Tyler 1
2003 Heart Strings Bonnie Tyler 1
2004 Simply Believe Bonnie Tyler 1
2005 Wings Bonnie Tyler 1
2013 Rocks & Honey Bonnie Tyler 5 2
Heartbreakers Bonnie Tyler 1
Lost in France Bonnie Tyler 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 The Hits of Bonnie Tyler 1
1984 The Best of Bonnie Tyler Bonnie Tyler 1
1986 Greatest Hits Bonnie Tyler 3
1989 Heaven & Hell Meat Loaf & Bonnie Tyler 5
1990 Collection Gold Bonnie Tyler 1
1991 Castle Masters Collection Bonnie Tyler 1
1991 Love Songs Bonnie Tyler 1
1992 Here Am I Bonnie Tyler 1
1992 The Very Best Of... Bonnie Tyler 1
1993 The Collection Bonnie Tyler 1
1993 Gold Bonnie Tyler 1
1993 The Best Bonnie Tyler 4 3
1994 Come Back Single Collection '90-'94 Bonnie Tyler 1
1995 Straight From The Heart - The Very Best Of Bonnie Tyler Bonnie Tyler 1
1996 All The Best Bonnie Tyler 2
1997 Best: Holding Out for a Hero Bonnie Tyler 1
1998 The Best Bonnie Tyler 1
1999 The Very Best of Bonnie Tyler Bonnie Tyler 1
1999 Simply the Best Bonnie Tyler 1
1999 Super Hits Bonnie Tyler 2
2000 Beautys Best Bonnie Tyler 1
2000 Total Eclipse of the Heart Bonnie Tyler 1
2001 Greatest Hits Bonnie Tyler 1
2001 Les Indispensables Bonnie Tyler 1
2003 Holding Out for a Hero Bonnie Tyler 1
2005 So Emotional Bonnie Tyler 1
2006 It's a Heartache Bonnie Tyler 2
2007 Hit Collection Bonnie Tyler 1
2007 From the Heart: Greatest Hits Bonnie Tyler 1
2011 Gold Musical Collection Bonnie Tyler 1

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