Jim Steinman

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Eligible since: 2006 (The 2007 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Jim Steinman be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


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Writer and producer Jim Steinman should be inducted in the Non-Performers category.


Bat Out Of Hell
Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell
Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose


Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
Paradise By The Dashboard Light
You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth
Holding Out For A Hero
Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Making Love Out Of Nothing At All
I'd Do Anything For Love But I Won't Do That
Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are
Rock & Roll Dreams Come Through
I'd Lie For You And That's The Truth
It's All Coming Back To Me Now

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 02.15.09 @ 04:55am

Best known in conjunction with his enormously successful collaborations with singer Meat Loaf, producer and composer Jim Steinman rose to the top of the pop charts on the strength of his distinctively operatic artistic vision. A native of New York City trained as a classical pianist, he first surfaced during the mid-1970s with the off-Broadway musical More Than You Deserve; among its cast was Houston-born Marvin Lee Aday, a.k.a. Meat Loaf. The two men reunited a few years later for a tour with the National Lampoon Road Show, after which Steinman began composing a musical update of the Peter Pan story titled Never Land. Many of the songs he wrote for the project were then instead incorporated into Meat Loaf's 1978 LP Bat Out of Hell, a teen rock opera which spawned three Top 40 singles — "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," and "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" — on its way to becoming one of the best-selling albums of the decade.

A Bat Out of Hell sequel was planned, but in 1981 Steinman issued his own solo debut, Bad for Good. After Meat Loaf released his own follow-up, Dead Ringer, rumors began flying, and it was reported that the singer had been unable to record the songs which ultimately comprised the Steinman album due to physical and emotional problems. Eventually, the producer filed suit against Meat Loaf and his label, Epic, and he soon began working with Bonnie Tyler, writing and producing her massive 1983 hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart." A year later, Steinman collaborated with Barbra Streisand on her Emotion LP, and also worked with Billy Squier on Signs of Life. However, he kept a relatively low profile throughout the remainder of the decade, raising more than a few eyebrows in 1987 when he agreed to produce the album Floodland for the British goth-rockers Sisters of Mercy; a sequel, Vision Thing, followed in 1990, as did his second solo effort Original Sin. Finally, in 1993, Steinman and Meat Loaf reunited for the best-selling Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 02.15.09 @ 05:01am

Meatloaf, Bonnie Tyler, Air Supply, Celine Dion

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 02.15.09 @ 05:03am

Where Meat Loaf is concerned, Objects In Any Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are.

Posted by joker on Sunday, 02.15.09 @ 13:30pm

Steinman alson wrote Barry Manilow's hit from late '83/early '84 "Read 'Em and Weep."

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 02.15.09 @ 14:36pm

Steinman should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. He qualifies in that he is a songwriter and producer who has had a major influence on the development of rock and roll.

His first record, the legendary Bat Out of Hell with Meat Loaf, became the biggest debut album ever and the second best selling disc of all time, featuring such #1 hits as "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad." Other #1's from his Seventies and Eighties period include "Dead Ringer for Love" for Meat Loaf, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" for Bonnie Tyler (which hit #1 again in 1995), "Making Love (Out of Nothing At All)" for Air Supply, and "Holding Out for a Hero" for Bonnie Tyler. In this same period, he made one platinum album as a solo singer, Bad for Good.

In 1993, 16 years after the original, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, again with Meat Loaf, topped the charts in 38 countries, spawning history's biggest rock single sales ever with "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)."

Other #1's from his Nineties period include "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" for Celine Dion (which was named the 1997 Song of the Year by BMI for having had the most broadcasts worldwide - 1.6 million), a song from her album Falling into You (for which Jim won a Grammy as producer of the Best Album of the Year), and "No Matter What" for Boyzone (England's Record of the Year for 1998, #1 in 18 countries).

His marriage of rock and roll with cinema includes music for such films as Footloose, Streets of Fire, The Shadow, and Mask of Zorro. His marriage of rock and roll with theatre includes Whistle Down the Wind, for which he wrote lyrics to Andrew Lloyd Webber's music, and the score for Tanz der Vampire, a musical staged by Roman Polanski which opened in Vienna in October 1997 to rave reviews and record box office.

This guy, in the services of rock, has worked with everyone from Meat Loaf to Bonnie Tyler to Celine Dion, from Boyzone to Andrew Lloyd Webber to Roman Polanski, from Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) to MTV to Stuart Beattie (of Collateral and Pirates of the Caribbean fame), to Disney. Steinman is also the president of Ravenous Entertainment, which includes Ravenous Records, and is distributed by Sony Records worldwide.

Is there a better candidate?

Posted by A. Nonymous on Thursday, 02.26.09 @ 09:08am

Yeah - but he almost ruined the Hysteria album by Def Leppard.

I vote no!

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 02.26.09 @ 09:25am

Since when do non-performers have pages on this site? I must have missed something

Back to Steinman, I feel he is a strong candidate, but who knows whether the commitee will actually choose him

Posted by Keebord on Thursday, 02.26.09 @ 14:27pm

Quincy Jones, Jim Steinman, Bernie Taupin are exceptions. They are on here because they also made albums themselves as performers, but they will be inducted in the non-performers category.

The eligability years that you see on this site for these artists are based on when they released their first album or single as singers.

Jim Steinman on BILLBOARD:


01. 1981 - # 63 Bad For Good


01. 1981 - #32 Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through

Non-Performers who were strictly non-performers and have already been inducted, didn't get pages on this site until after they were inducted.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 02.26.09 @ 15:16pm

What do you mean "non performer"? I was witness to Jim's performing talents when he played on Meat's first European tour. He is a great performer and composer. Induct him.

Posted by Gary on Tuesday, 11.17.09 @ 01:48am

Nominated for the 2011 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.7.10 @ 04:42am


Bernie Lowe, Tom Dowd, John Simon, Arif Mardin, Phil Ramone, Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendez, David Foster, Jim Steinman, Bob Crewe, David Porter, Richard Barrett, Robert Blackwell, Carole Bayer Sager, Diane Warren, Bernie Taupin

Kal Mann and Dave Appell
Bert Berns and Jerry Ragavoy
Norman Whitfield and Barret Strong
Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Henry Cosby and Sylvia Moy
Thom Bell and Linda Creed
Boudleaux and Felice Bryant

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 05.18.11 @ 07:01am

Just for the record, I'd Lie For You (And That's The Truth) is not a Steinman composition but a very well wriiten imitation of Steinman's style by Dianne Warren.

Should Steinman be in the hall of fame? Hell, yes.

I don't care what anyone says about his singing, his Bad For Good album stands as one of the best rock albums of the 80s and is still the only legitemate sequel to Bat Out Of Hell.

Posted by Rick on Friday, 08.19.11 @ 18:45pm

2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.21.12 @ 19:03pm

This one I agree with.

Posted by astrodog on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 01:37am


The 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame

Jim Steinman

The creative genius behind Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman brought an operatic flair to rock songs that helped make Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell one of rock’s landmarks. The 1978 album yielded the hits “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad,” “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” and “You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth.” He followed it with big hits for other artists, most notably “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” (Bonnie Tyler) and “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” (Air Supply). Key songs in the Steinman catalog include “I’d Do Anything For Love But I Won’t Do That,” “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All,” “Paradise By The Dashboard Light,” “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” and “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad.”

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 19:52pm


The 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame

Jim Steinman

Jim Steinman began his writing career in theatre with Joseph Papp and the NY Shakespeare Festival in 1969 after Papp was stunned by Dream Engine, a sensational rock opera Steinman wrote and starred in at Amherst College. Steinman moved to recording in 1977 when he wrote every song on the legendary Bat Out of Hell album sung by Meat Loaf, selling 44 million copies. In 1993 Steinman wrote and produced Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which sold 26 million copies. Overall, Steinman’s repertoire has sold more than 190 million records. Top #1 songs include “Total Eclipse Of The Heart,” “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All,” “Paradise By The Dashboard Light,” “I’d Do Anything For Love But I Won’t Do That” and “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad.” His “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” won the 1997 BMI Song Of The Year Award. The same year, he earned a Grammy® for Album Of The Year for his work as producer for Celine Dion’s Falling Into You. Moving back to theatre, Steinman wrote the music for Tanz Der Vampyr, now in its 16th year selling out in Europe. He is currently writing book, music and lyrics for the musical Bat Out Of Hell for Imminent Production and Nutcracked, a heavy metal version of The Nutcracker with lyrics set to a Tchaikovsky score. He also wrote the lyrics for the musical theater production Whistle Down the Wind, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as music for films such as Footloose, Streets of Fire, The Shadow and Mask of Zorro.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 19:54pm

Tonight is the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Meatloaf will induct and perform for Jim Steinman.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 06.14.12 @ 08:50am

1973 was the 1st time one of his songs was recorded
it was done by Yvonne elliman

Posted by j on Wednesday, 04.20.16 @ 18:12pm

1973 should be the year for steinman since the first recording of one of his songs was done that year by yvonne elliman

Posted by James on Friday, 08.4.17 @ 00:04am

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