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Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

Meat Loaf

Album Bat Out of Hell

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” is the fifth song from the iconic American musician Meat Loaf and the 1977 “Bat Out of Hell” album. Meat Loaf sadly passed away earlier in 2022 due to Covid-19 complications.

The soft rock power ballad was the final song written for Meat Loaf’s debut album “Bat Out of Hell“, and details the story of a character breaking up with their girlfriend in first person. The song also highlights the importance of a genuine romantic connection, rather than just a physical and sexual one. In 2003, VH1 created a documentary series discussing and covering the best albums created (titled “Ultimate Albums”), in which the writer of Meat Loaf’s songs – Jim Steinman – recalled the writing and inspiration of the song:

“[…]  the oldies station was on the radio and it was playing that old Elvis song, ‘I Want You, I Need,’ whatever it was. ‘I Want You, I NeedYou, I Love You’, you know. I just started singing my own song but it was ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.’… I remember going home and I tried so hard but the best I could do was: ‘I want you, I need you but there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love you, don’t be sad, ’cause two out of three ain’t bad’.” 

The music video for the song was shot in 1978 and was directed by Arnold Levine. The music video is simple – a video of Meat Loaf performing the track live, which is often the case for a majority, if not all, of Meat Loaf’s music videos. Uploaded to YouTube in March 2013, the video had a total of 77.4 million views as of mid-February 2022.

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” spent a total of 23 weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at #11, as well as being certified Gold in Canada, Silver in the UK and Platinum in the US.

Read the lyrics to “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” here.

*All information accurate at the time of publishing.

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Release Date

31st July 1977


Jim Steinman


Todd Rundgren



Chart Rankings

- #11 in Australia - #11 in Austria - #5 & #6 on various charts in Canada - #25 on the Irish Singles Chart - #9 in New Zealand - #32 on the UK Singles Chart - #11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 - #31 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary - #9 on the US Cash Box Top 100 *All chart rankings accurate at the time of publishing.

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