Like my previous story about 'The Songs of Diane Warren,' Jim Steinman is another one of those major songwriters who you may not be familiar with, but have heard his music on the radio. Jim's big commercial break came when he began working with Meatloaf on the 'Bat Out Of Hell' project in 1977. Years later Meatloaf and Steinman would try and catch lighting in a bottle one more time with 'Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell,' but other than one major hit off the album, 'I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That),' it didn't come close to the 40 million copies of the 1977 album.

In between the two 'Bat' albums, Steinman was busy working on other projects and some of the songs that became radio hits can also be found as album tracks performed previously by Meatloaf.


In 1983, two of Steinman's songs held the #1 and #2 slot on the Billboard Pop Charts. While 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' was at #1 'Making Love Out Of Nothing At All' was right behind it at #2.

In 1984 he was hired and briefly worked with Def Leppard. He was fired from the project and his contributions were scrapped. The Leppards then hired Robert John 'Mutt' Lange as producer and released 'Hysteria.'


  • Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart

    'Faster Than The Speed Of Light' 1983

  • Air Supply - Making Love Out Of Nothing At All

    'Air Supply's Greatest Hits' 1983

  • Jim Steinman - Rock & Roll Dreams Come True

    'Bad For Good' 1981

    Rory Dodd was uncredited for the lead vocals.

    This would also be featured on 'Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell'

  • Barry Manilow - Read 'Em And Weep

    'Greatest Hits Vol. II' 1983

    (Originally appeared on Meatloaf's album, 'Dead Ringer' in 1981)

  • Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now

    'Falling Into You' 1996

    (This won the BMI Song of the Year award)

  • Meatloaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)

    'Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell' 1993

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