Love Is a Battlefield

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This article is about the song sung by Pat Benatar. For other uses, see Love Is a Battlefield (disambiguation).
"Love Is a Battlefield"
Single by Pat Benatar
from the album Live from Earth
Released September 12, 1983
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1983
Length 5:24
Label Chrysalis Records
Writer(s) Holly Knight, Mike Chapman
Producer(s) Neil Giraldo, Peter Coleman
Pat Benatar singles chronology
"Looking for a Stranger"
"Love Is a Battlefield"
"Lipstick Lies"
Music sample

"Love Is a Battlefield" is a million-selling, gold hit performed by Pat Benatar, and written by Holly Knight and Mike Chapman. It was released as a single from Benatar's live album Live from Earth.


The single was Benatar's second American million seller and is tied with "We Belong" as her highest charting single in the United States. It topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for four weeks and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1983.[1]

It topped the Australian singles chart for five weeks in 1984. The song was re-released in the United Kingdom in March 1985 and reached #17. It was awarded a Gold certification in Canada as well. It was featured in the television series Psych and Drop Dead Diva and in the film 13 Going on 30. The single was unlike most of Benatar's previous work, as it featured an electronic dance element, but guitars and drums were still present. In 1984, the song won Benatar her fourth consecutive Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

Music video[edit]

The music video features Benatar playing a teenage girl being kicked out of her house by her father (played by actor Trey Wilson), while her mother looks on and her brother (played by actor Philip Cruise) watches sadly from an upper-story window. She later becomes a taxi dancer at a very seedy club to get by in the city. She writes to her little brother, telling him about her exciting new life and her father seems to feel guilty about kicking her out. Later in the video, she witnesses a pimp (played by actor Gary Chryst) harassing another dancer. Benatar rounds up the girls and leads a rebellion against him. The girls escape and strike out on their own, Benatar walking into the sunrise. The video was choreographed by Michael Peters, who appears briefly in the video.

The video was the first ever to feature the use of dialogue.[2] The scenes featuring dialogue include the opening scene of Benatar being thrown out of the house by her father and the scene featuring the pimp harassing the female dancer in which she shouts "Leave me alone!"

The video was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video and was viewable on the DVD for the movie 13 Going on 30. The song is also on the end credits of the 1998 film, Small Soldiers.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983-84) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 5
US Billboard Top Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play [4] 41
Chart (1984) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Top 40[5] 1
Chart (1985) Peak
UK Singles Chart 17

Year-End charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 57

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 57.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Pat Benatar Album & Song Chart History – Billboard Hot 100. Retrieved December 17, 2010.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 32. 
  5. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 11, 1984". Retrieved 2008-02-25. 

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