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"Love Is a Battlefield" is a Grammy Award-winning song written by Holly Knight and Mike Chapman, after Pat Benatar asked Chapman to write her a hit song. It was released as a single from Benatar's album Live from Earth. The single has been certified gold and is her highest charting single in the United States. It topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for four weeks and made number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1983. It topped the Australian singles chart for five weeks in 1984. The song was finally released in the United Kingdom in March 1985 and reached #17. It was awarded a Gold certification in Canada for sales of 5000 units. It was featured in the television series Psych and Drop Dead Diva and in the film 13 Going on 30.
The music video, which depicted the 30-year-old Benatar as a (presumably) teenage runaway trying to survive the mean streets of New York City, 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 single was unlike most of Benatar's previous work, as it featured an electronic dance element, but guitars and drums were still present. The song won Benatar a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
The original 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 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 at the 1:40 mark checking out Benatar, wearing a navy cap, a cut-off navy shirt, and short white shorts.