«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.

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