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Pat Benatar – 5’ 0”

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Pat Benatar: “Heartbreaker”

The Hook: Singing it now isn’t the same as singing it back then.

Album: In the Heat of the Night

Year: 1979

Writers: Geoff Gill and Clint Wade

Stats: Reached number-23 on the Billboard Hot 100

Background: Pat Benatar scored her breakthrough hit, “Heartbreaker,” 35 years ago, and she’s had no problem continuing to perform it to this day. She says the thing is, she approaches it very differently now than she did then.

Pat Benatar on continuing to perform “Heartbreaker” as an older woman. OC:…are the joke. :24

“I can still sing ‘Heartbreaker’ and not feel any trepidation about doing it at all. I mean, I really still enjoy doing it. Different take, of course – tongue-in-cheek now. If you’re going to do it you’ve got to find a way to make it work for now. I mean, I could never go out there seriously — pointing and that bravado thing. What is that? They get the joke. The most important thing is to make sure you always get the joke. Otherwise, you are the joke.”