Total Eclipse of the Heart’ Rises: Spotify and iTunes See Surge in Searches

NEW YORK—As anticipation builds for Monday’s eclipse, an unexpected phenomenon is taking center stage: a resurgence of interest in an iconic 80s anthem.

Welsh songstress Bonnie Tyler’s timeless hit, “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” is experiencing a meteoric rise on Spotify’s charts, capturing the hearts of millions as they curate the ultimate playlist for the celestial event. With a staggering 32 million Americans residing within the path of totality, where the moon will briefly obscure the sun’s brilliance, excitement is reaching fever pitch.

According to a spokesperson from Spotify, searches for Tyler’s ballad have surged by nearly 50% across the U.S. over the past week, with expectations of continued growth leading up to Monday’s eclipse. Indeed, Tyler’s emotive masterpiece has become the soundtrack of choice for countless eclipse-themed playlists on the platform.

The song’s popularity extends beyond Spotify, making waves on iTunes as well. As of Monday, it sits proudly as the 10th most purchased song, leaping an impressive 30 spots in just one day. Concurrently, searches for the track have spiked on Google Trends, solidifying its status as the go-to anthem for eclipse enthusiasts.

Renowned for its haunting melody and poignant lyrics, Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” has long been cherished by music aficionados during celestial events. The singer herself, aged 72, has acknowledged the song’s enduring popularity on social media, humorously recounting how notifications flood in during eclipses.

Undoubtedly, Tyler’s enduring ballad has found a special place in the hearts of eclipse devotees. Its resurgence during the 2017 U.S. eclipse saw a remarkable increase in downloads, soaring over 500%, according to Billboard—a remarkable feat for a song that once dominated the charts for four consecutive weeks in 1983.

As the world eagerly awaits the celestial spectacle, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” stands as a testament to the enduring power of music to unite and inspire, reminding us all of the timeless beauty found in the dance between light and shadow.