Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell: Story Of An Unlikely Rock Monster

By | October 21, 2020

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American singers Karla Devito and Meat Loaf performing on the Bat Out Of Hell Tour, USA, March 1978. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell album is among the top selling LPs of all time, with an unusual history. Boasting top-40 singles "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," and "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," Bat Out Of Hell is a good '70s album, maybe even a great one -- but would you believe it's sold 43 million copies worldwide? The numbers are somewhat speculative but Bat Out Of Hell is estimated to have outsold such '70s classics as Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon, The Eagles' Greatest Hits, and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. How is this possible -- and how did it happen?

Meat Loaf And Jim Steinman Were A Team

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Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman. Source: Spotify

Most groundbreaking albums stem from artists who have already established somewhat of substantial fame. This was not the case with Meat Loaf’s 1977 debut album Meat Loaf, one of the most surprising success stories in rock ‘n’ roll history. In collaboration with legendary songwriter/producer Jim Steinman, the unknown singer’s operatic record became one of the top-selling albums of all time, still as popular as ever in the present day.