Rewinding the Charts: In 1993, Meat Loaf Did 'Anything for Love' & Landed His First No. 1 Hot 100 Hit

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The 1993 sequel to his smash ’78 "Bat Out of Hell" LP yielded his first Hot 100 chief, "I might Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)."

In 1993, Meat Loaf was hungry for a style of the success he had loved within the late 1970s when his debut studio album, Bat Out of Hell, scored three high 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 -- together with the epic “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” -- and spent six months within the high 40 of the Billboard 200 in 1978.

In the wake of Bat Out of Hell’s phenomenal success -- the album would go on to be licensed 14 instances platinum by the RIAA -- Meat Loaf (actual identify: Michael Lee Aday) launched three LPs within the ’80s that didn’t produce a single high 40 Hot 100 observe.

More than 15 years would cross earlier than his fortunes would change. Financial and authorized squabbles had resulted in Meat Loaf falling out with producer-songwriter Jim Steinman, whose theatrical strategy to rock had been instrumental within the creation of Bat Out of Hell. Steinman had really begun writing a sequel throughout the peak of the unique album’s success, but it surely wasn’t till the start of the ’90s that the 2 males reconciled and started recording Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell.

Given that greater than a decade had handed and grunge was ruling the airwaves, the trade was skeptical that Meat Loaf and Steinman may repeat their success. “If this doesn’t do three or four million [copies], it’ll be a chilly day in hell earlier than they allow us to do one other,” Meat Loaf advised Q journal on the eve of the album’s launch in September 1993.

But Hell II shortly silenced the skeptics. Its lead single, “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” rocketed to the highest of the Nov. 6 Hot 100 chart -- changing into the then‑46-year-old Meat Loaf ’s first No. 1 -- and dominated for 5 weeks.

In 2006, Meat Loaf launched Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, and although Steinman was partially concerned, each males proceed to mine the collection. In 2018, Meat Loaf, who's 71, launched into the Back Out of Hell Tour however left the singing to 2014 American Idol winner Caleb Johnson, whereas Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell The Musical is touring North America.