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"Holding Out for a Hero" is a song written by Jim Steinman and Dean Pitchford, originally recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. It was released in 1984 on the soundtrack to the film Footloose. It later appeared on Tyler's album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire. It hit #96 for the first time in the United Kingdom in 1984, #2 in 1985, #69 in 1991. The opening couplet – "Where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods?/ Where's the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?" – could be seen as an example of the ubi sunt motif in literature.

The song's instrumental break was reused from "Stark Raving Love" on Steinman's 1981 album Bad for Good. The song also appeared on a radio station in the game Saints Row: The Third, and plays in the background during the last mission.

The music video was produced by Jeffrey Abelson, directed by Doug Dowdle, concept by Keith Williams, it was the first music-video that successfully promoted a movie while having no movie footage in the video.

At the beginning of the music video, Bonnie Tyler escapes from a burning house; the video is set primarily in the vicinity of the burning house and on the edge of the Grand Canyon – interspersed with shots of angelic background singers dressed all in white. Evil cowboys dressed in black, carrying neon whips appear before Tyler, threatening her; a cowboy hero dressed in white, brandishing a pistol, appears on horseback and the evil cowboys flee on horseback, with the hero in pursuit. As the song fades out, the hero cowboy appears in front of Bonnie Tyler.

It was used as the opening theme for the Channel 4 American Football show in the 1980s.

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