|"What's Love Got to Do with It"|
US and Canadian 7-inch vinyl single
|Single by Tina Turner|
|from the album Private Dancer|
|Released||May 1, 1984 (US)|
|Tina Turner singles chronology|
What's Love Got to Do with It
"What's Love Got to Do with It" is a song recorded by the American singer Tina Turner, released in 1984. It was taken from her fifth solo album, Private Dancer and became Turner's most successful single.
Although Turner had already scored a UK Top 10 and US Top 30 hit some months earlier with her rendition of "Let's Stay Together", "What's Love Got to Do with It" gave Turner her first and only US number one. The song ranked number 309 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". It also ranked number 38 on the Songs of the Century list. It was the second-biggest single of 1984 in the US and the 17th-biggest in the United Kingdom. In 1993, the song's title was used as the title for the biographical film about Turner's life.
The song was written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, who originally offered it to Cliff Richard, but it was rejected. It was then given to Phyllis Hyman, who wanted to do the song, but Arista Records head Clive Davis would not allow her. The song then was offered to Donna Summer, who has stated that she sat with it for a couple of years but never recorded it. Some months before Turner recorded the song, the British pop group Bucks Fizz were offered it. Member Jay Aston requested to sing lead on the track after hearing the demo, but was told by the producer that it was unsuitable for a female lead vocal. The group went on to record it in February 1984, but sung by male groupmember Bobby G. Aston recalls that the demo was very similar to the eventual Tina Turner version, but their finished version was in a very different style. It was intended for possible inclusion on their next album I Hear Talk but was shelved when Turner released her version first. The Bucks Fizz version went unreleased until it was included on a re-issue of their Are You Ready album in 2000. The Original Bucks Fizz went on to include the song in their reunion concert tour in October 2009.
The name of the song was used as the title of a 1993 film depicting the early career of Tina Turner, in which the abusive relationship between Tina and Ike Turner was depicted.
Up until the release of "What's Love Got to Do with It", Tina Turner had not had a US top-ten single since the early 1970s. The single went to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for three weeks, giving Turner her first and only solo number-one hit in America. Turner was 44 when the song hit number one, at the time making her the oldest female solo artist to place a number-one single on the US Hot 100. Grace Slick, who is older than Turner by about one month, hit number one in 1985, 1986 and 1987 with "We Built This City", "Sara (Starship song)" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", respectively, as a member of Starship. In 1999, Cher, at age 53, became the oldest woman - solo or as part of a group - to have a US number-one hit with her song "Believe". The song also spent five weeks at number 2 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart, from July 14 to August 18, 1984; it was kept from the top spot by "When Doves Cry" by Prince (another Hot 100 number-one single). At the end of the year, the song was ranked the second-best performing song of 1984 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 behind "When Doves Cry".
Worldwide, the song did well on the music charts, reaching number one in Australia and Canada. It peaked at number 3 in New Zealand and on the UK Singles Chart, becoming her highest-charting single on the latter chart alongside "River Deep - Mountain High" and "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)". Elsewhere, the song reached the top 10 in many European countries, including the top 5 in Ireland, Sweden, and Austria. It also reached number 2 in South Africa.
The music video features Turner walking down the street engaging with the public, intercut with scenes where she is singing directly to camera. The video was shot in New York City during the spring of 1984. The music video also features Sleepaway Camp 2's Pamela Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen's sister, as a street dancer. The video was directed by Mark Robinson.
An alternate black and white video directed by Bud Schaetzle features Tina singing the song against a black background while couples argue in a bar.
The song received three awards at the 1985 Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Turner's live performance of the song at the Grammy show was released on the 1994 album Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume I.
In 2012, "What's Love Got to Do with It" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Certifications and sales
|"What's Love Got to Do with It"|
|Single by Warren G featuring Adina Howard|
|from the album Supercop (soundtrack) and Take a Look Over Your Shoulder|
|Released||September 3, 1996|
|Format||Vinyl, Cassette, CD|
|Genre||R&B, west coast hip hop|
|Terry Britten, Graham Lyle, Warren Griffin|
|Warren G singles chronology|
"What's Love Got to Do with It" was also recorded by American artists Warren G and Adina Howard for the Supercop soundtrack. The song both sampled and interpolated the chorus of Tina Turner's 1984 song of the same name, though Warren G replaced the original lyrics with his own. "What's Love Got to Do with It" became a hit, making it to 32 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Warren G's third top-40 single, as well as 5 on the Hot Rap Singles. While a success in America, the single found greater success in the UK where it made it to #2 on the UK Singles chart.
A music video (directed by Joseph Kahn) was produced to promote the single, featuring footage of Warren G and Adina Howard performing the song, with clips from the film Police Story 3: Super Cop. Jackie Chan also appears near the end of the video, dancing along with the artists.
|Chart (1996)||Peak |
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||5|
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||11|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||29|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||14|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||3|
|Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)||16|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||9|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||1|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||6|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||2|
|Billboard Hot 100||32|
|Billboard Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Songs||36|
|Billboard Hot Rap Singles||5|
|Billboard Rhythmic Top 40||27|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||45|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||30|