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 1983, the song won Benatar her fourth consecutive Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
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 Cruz) 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 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. 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!"