Following the Top 10 success of her 1976 song "Lost in France", Tyler released her first album in 1977 entitled The World Starts Tonight. A further single from the album, "More Than a Lover", made the UK Top 30, and the follow-up single, "Heaven", reached the Top 30 in Germany.
Tyler released four albums from 1977 to 1981, but she became increasingly dissatisfied with management as they were trying to market her as a pop-country music artist. Her next album, Faster Than the Speed of Night, was released in the spring of 1983 and included the power-ballad "Total Eclipse of the Heart".
Faster Than the Speed of Night entered the UK Albums Chart at number 1, and also became a Top Five bestseller in the US and Australia. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" also brought Tyler a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In 1984, she performed the track at the Grammy Awards, and received another Grammy nomination as Best Rock Female Vocalist for "Here She Comes", a song that was part of the soundtrack for the 1984 restoration of the film Metropolis. She also released the singles "A Rockin' Good Way" and "Holding Out For A Hero", for the Footloose soundtrack, which made the U.S. Top 40 and later peaked at number 2 in UK in the summer of 1985.
The following albums, Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire, released in 1986, and Hide Your Heart, released in 1988, achieved some success in France, Switzerland, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia, but were not successful in the UK or the US. One of the single releases, "If You Were A Woman (And I Was A Man)", became another Top 10 hit in France in 1986 and was certified Silver.
Her next album, Bitterblue, was released in late 1991, which saw her leaving the rock genre of the 80s and establishing a more soft-pop sound. The album went quadruple-platinum in Norway, platinum in Austria, and gold in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. Tyler followed this up with the albums Angel Heart in 1992 and Silhouette in Red in 1993.
In 1995, she released Free Spirit, which was only a minor success in continental Europe, though the single "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" narrowly missed the UK Top 40. Tyler continued to record, releasing the folk influenced All in One Voice in 1999, though this was even less successful.
In 2003, Tyler released the album Heart Strings, which consisted of cover versions of popular songs performed with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Also in 2003, French vocalist Kareen Antonn approached Tyler to duet with her on "Si demain... (Turn Around)", a French-language version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart". Released in December 2003, it went to number 1 in France, holding that chart position for ten weeks, as well as Belgium and Poland, selling a total of two million copies. The follow-up, "Si tout s'arrête (It's A Heartache)", another French language remake with Antonn, also made the French Top 20. Tyler released an album, Simply Believe, in 2004, which contained both songs with Antonn.
In 2011, Tyler made a guest appearance in the music video "Newport State of Mind", a parody of the Jay Z and Alicia Keys song Empire State of Mind for the BBC's Comic Relief charity. Also, Tyler dueted with the singer Laura Zen on "Amour Éternel", a new French/English version of The Bangles' "Eternal Flame".
In 2013, Tyler released the album Rocks & Honey.