"I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" is a song composed and written by Jim Stienman and recorded by Meat Loaf The song was released in 1993 as the first single from the album Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell.
The final verse features a female vocalist who was credited only as "Mrs. Loud" in the album notes. She was later identified as Lorraine Crosby, from North East England. She does not, however, appear in the video, in which her vocals are lipsynched by Dana Patrick. Meat Loaf promoted the single with American vocalist Patti Russo performing the live female vocals.
ThemMusic video was directed by ichael Bay, who would later direct Pearl Harbor and the Transformers film series. The video is 7:36 long. It is about a vampire (Meat Loaf) who falls for a girl (played by Dana Patrick) who returns his love. While the vampire is hunted down by the cops, the girl wants the vampire to turn her into a vampire so that they can live together forever. But vampires live tortured lives, so the vampire "won't do that."
The video is based on Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera. Bob Keane did Meat Loaf's make-up, which took up to two hours to apply. The make-up was designed to be simple and scary, yet "with the ability to make him sympathetic." It went over budget, and was filmed in 90 °F (32 °C) heat, across four days.
Dana Patrick is miming to Crosby's vocals, however, as she would to Patti Russo's in the 1995 song "I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth)." According to the captions aired on Pop-Up Video, Patrick received several offers for record deals after the video aired, by executives who assumed she was actually singing in the video.
The song reached number one in the charts in 28 countries. In most countries, it was Meat Loaf's first and only number one solo single. It was number one in the US five weeks. In the UK, it topped the singles chart, and at seven minutes and 52 seconds, "I'd Do Anything For Love" becoming the longest song on top there since The Beatles' hit "Hey Jude." This was then broken when Oasis released their 1997 hit "All Around the World", clocking in at 9 minutes and 20 seconds.