Winner Takes It All was written for the classic Sylvester Stallone arm-wrestling film, Over The Top. It was originally recorded by the lead singer of Asia but the film’s producers felt that his version wasn’t tough enough for a Stallone film so they instead offered it to Hagar. Hagar’s version is the one that appeared on the soundtrack. Eddie Van Halen plays bass on the track.
Hagar has said that he didn’t care much for the song but he did enjoy getting to arm wrestle Sylvester Stallone while filming the music video. At the end of the shooting, Stallone and Hagar both signed the black cap that Stallone was wearing and the cap was later auctioned off for $10,000. All of the money went to charity.