Although “Heartbreaker” is only Benatar’s tenth highest-charting US single, it spent four and a half months on the U.S. charts, with only three of her singles surpassing that amount of time.
The song is featured as downloadable content for the music video game series Rock Band, and is a playable song for the game Guitar Hero World Tour. The song is also a playable song for the game Karaoke Revolution: Presents American Idol, as well as downloadable content for its sequel, American Idol Encore. Alvin and the Chipmunkscovered the song for their 1982 album Chipmunk Rock.Former American Idol finalist Allison Iraheta regularly covers the song as part of her set on the Glam Nation Tour. This song was also performed by Benatar and her band in theCharmed episode “Lucky Charmed.”
The song was named the 72nd best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, tween band The Pop Rocks performed a parody as a Steelers fan song in January 2009. A parody version was sung by Silas Weir Mitchell‘s character Donny Jones in the My Name Is Earl episode “The Birthday Party.”