Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday; September 27, 1947), known professionally as Meat Loaf, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is noted for his wide-ranging operatic voice and theatrical live shows.
His Bat Out of Hell trilogy of albums—Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose—have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. More than 40 years after its release, Bat Out of Hell still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best selling albums in history.
After the commercial success of Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and earning a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song “I’d Do Anything for Love”, Meat Loaf experienced some initial difficulty establishing a steady career within the United States. However, he has retained iconic status and popularity in Europe, especially the United Kingdom, where he received the 1994 Brit Award for best-selling album and single, appeared in the 1997 film Spice World, and ranks 23rd for the number of weeks spent on the UK charts as of 2006. He ranked 96th on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”.
He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records. He has also appeared in over 50 movies and television shows, sometimes as himself or as characters resembling his stage persona. His most notable roles include Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Robert “Bob” Paulson in Fight Club (1999), and “The Lizard” in The 51st State (2002). He has also appeared as a guest actor in television shows such as Monk, Glee, South Park, House, and Tales from the Crypt.
The first ever song l heard of Meat Loaf was Bat Out of Hell in 1978, l bought the single and had it playing practically non-stop for a full three days before my Father stomped upstairs took it off the record player and snapped it in two! Unfair and unjust indeed! I have followed ML ever since! Choosing 15 of his best will not be impossible, but it will be hard. Are you a fan? If so what were your best tracks or even albums?
27 September 1947– Present
1 – Dead Ringer For Love – 1981
2 – Song of Madness – 2010
3 – A Kiss is A Terrible Thing To Waste – 2003
4 – Hot Patootie Bless My Soul – 1975
5 – Cry Over Me – 2006
6 – Blind As A Bat – 2006
7 – Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad – 1977
8 – Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through – 1979
9 –You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth – 1977
10 – I’d Do Anything For Love – 1993
11 – Paradise By The Dashboard Light – 1977
12 – Modern Girl – 1984
13 – Out of the Frying Pan – 1993
14 – Seize The Night – 2006
15 – Bat Out of Hell – 1977