People are getting very excited about Monday’s total solar eclipse, and there’s no better evidence than the fact that Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” has surged to the No. 1 slot on iTunes.
Tyler’s 1983 classic bumped song of the summer “Despacito” from the top spot on iTunes’ sales chart.
The first solar eclipse to pass over all 48 mainland state since 1979 is quite an event, and Time reports the Welsh singer will treat guests of Royal Caribbean’s Total Eclipse Cruise to a rendition of her most famous song.
The karaoke classic made Tyler into a star, and she’s pumped to have it match up to a genuine cosmic event.
“It’s going to be so exciting,” Tyler told Time. “It doesn’t happen very often, does it?”
The last time the U.S. got to see a solar eclipse this way, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” hadn’t even been released.
Tyler will perform the 1983 hit during the weeklong cruise, backed by the band DNCE, led by Joe Jonas.
There’s also the fact that the actual eclipse will be a lot shorter than Tyler’s song, which in its full version runs an ear-popping 6 minutes and 59 seconds. “The eclipse of the sun lasts 2 minutes and 40 minutes, I’m told,” Tyler said. “Unlike my song. It had to be chopped about, because it was so long. I never thought it would be played on the radio, in the beginning.”
Tyler’s attachment to the song remains as strong as the emotional day she first heard it. “It made me cry,” she recalls, adding “because I loved it so much.”
The cruise departs from Orlando on Aug. 20.