That song was HUGE was it new and got used in a lot of TV shows, ads and movies (a bit like "The Power" by Snap did when that hit it big), and I never really thought of that song's beautifully insane sound being a vibe until you mentioned it. If there was another big song like that before it, I don't remember it. Oddly, I kinda hear it more in Hang-On because of the melody, but parts of the drums for Space Harrier made it click there, too.
edit: I had no idea you could "like" posts here until now, so yours is the first I liked on the site! There'd be a cool emoticon after that, but don't have cool emoticons here anymore.
Hey, cool. I received the first like.
But yeah, I am not the least bit surprised you would respond to a song like this one. Something about it just screamed "PrimeOp would have something to say about it" But outside of that, I noticed it had the same or very similar beat to the Space Harrier theme, though it also has a very similar "epic heroic" tone about it. It kind of felt similar, but the melody of Hang-On sounded a lot closer to the bonnie tyler song, though that song also feels oddly heroic despite not being featuring a hero (oddly, there is a similar game from sega called Riding Hero, but that has nothing to do with heroism either...not sure why it's called that) The chorus in this song sounds close to BGM 3 from E-Swat as i have demonstrated, but I am not sure if that is just me. Could just be an 80s thing in general, though I wouldn't be overly surprised if Hang-On and Space Harrier referenced that song considering they came out in the height of its popularity.