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Dude, she rocks.—John Dorian, Scrubs
Pat Benatar (born 1953) is a rock singer. She is one of the top-selling female vocalists of all time, with sales of over 13 million copies in the US alone. Her best-known songs include "Love Is a Battlefield" and "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."
She won four consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Female Rock Performance, from 1980 to 1983. She has also won three American Music Awards and has been inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
She is unusual among pop stars in that she was operatically trained before switching to hard rock.
Her discography includes:
- In the Heat of the Night (1979)
- Crimes of Passion (1980)
- Precious Time (1981)
- Get Nervous (1982)
- Live From Earth (Live Album, 1983)
- Tropico (1984)
- Seven the Hard Way (1986)
- Wide Awake in Dreamland (1988)
- True Love (1991)
- Gravity's Rainbow (1993)
- Innamorata (1997)
- Go (2003)
Benatar's music/career includes examples of these tropes:
- Abusive Parents: "Hell Is For Children"
- Big Rock Ending: "Heartbreaker"
- Chronological Album Title: Seven the Hard Way. "The Hard Way" refers to the fact that she released a new album each years from 1979 to 1985 (though one of them was a Live Album with two new studio tracks). She broke that streak with the next album, which was released in 1988.
- Cloning Blues: "My Clone Sleeps Alone".
- Concept Video: "Love Is a Battlefield" and "Shadows Of The Night".
- Cultural Rebel: Another Carole King, Barbra Streisand, or Karen Carpenter? Nope! This girl performs hard rock!
- Cut Himself Shaving: "Hell Is For Children" has the line "Tell grandma you fell off the swing".
- Dancing Is Serious Business: In the music video for "Love Is a Battlefield".
- Dawson Casting: She played a teenage runaway in the "Love Is a Battlefield" video when she was 30 years old, and in that song she repeatedly sings about how "we are young".
- Determinator: "Invincible"
- Genre Adultery: True Love, a jump blues album
- Kids Rock: "We Belong" has a children's chorus at the end.
- Lyrics Video Mismatch: "Shadows Of The Night": she's a WWII flying ace.
- Refrain From Assuming: "Love Is a Battlefield" is not called "We Are Young."
- The Runaway: She plays one in the "Love Is a Battlefield" video.
- Video Full of Film Clips: The "Invincible" video contains clips from The Legend of Billie Jean.