As I’ve noted several times before, the final act of Meat Loaf’s life was to pass away with immaculate timing, news of his death coming at the very start of the chart week meaning he could enjoy a full seven days of posthumous consumption.
Yet post-mortum interest in most acts lasts 48 hours at best these days. While Meat Loaf’s domination of the Spotify charts did indeed only persist for the immediate aftermath of his death, songs from the legendary rock star continued to be streamed and purchased across the week, perhaps an indication of just how iconic he really was. It all meant some rather startling chart comebacks.
Bat Out Of Hell led the charge, racing to No.3 on the albums charts and in the process landing its highest chart placing ever. Its previous best peak was No.9 in August 1981.
Following two places behind was Hits Out Of Hell, a compilation originally released (to Meat Loaf’s own disgust) in 1984 and which shares four of its tracks with Bat Out Of Hell itself. Benefitting the album greatly though was the fact its digital edition is a 2009 reworking which added more contemporary hits such as I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) and I’d Lie For You (And That’s The Truth) to the tracklisting. Basically any stream of any Meat Loaf track of note meant a credit for the hits collection this week. So we should actually be impressed that the classic original was the one which charted higher.
Meat Loaf also invaded the singles chart in some style, Bat Out Of Hell itself leading the charge at No.26, I’d Do Anything For Love… following enthusiastically at No.32, and (perhaps surprisingly) Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad bringing up the rear at No.46.
This did prompt one commenter on the Chart Watch site to question how this could be, given that on the full download chart
it is Paradise By The Dashboard Light
which edges its way into third place. But of course the download listing counts raw streaming numbers only and is what you might call an unvarnished listing of popularity. The main singles chart discriminates between paid and free streams, and what happened is that Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad
ended up with more streams from paying subscribers, they were consequently worth more and so it ended up charting higher despite having fewer plays overall than its epic cousin.