Is This Love (Whitesnake song)

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"Is This Love"
Single by Whitesnake
from the album Whitesnake
B-side "Bad Boys" and "Standing in the Shadow"
Released 23 March 1987 (UK)
20 September 1987 (US)
Format Vinyl LP, CD
Length 4:48
Label Geffen, EMI
Writer(s) David Coverdale, John Sykes
Producer(s) Mike Stone, Keith Olsen
Whitesnake singles chronology
"Here I Go Again 87"
"Is This Love"
"Still of the Night"

"Is This Love" is a power ballad by the English rock band Whitesnake. The song is taken from their self-titled album, which was released in 1987.

The song was written by vocalist David Coverdale and guitarist John Sykes during the albums early writing process (which took place in the south of France), but it was long rumoured that the song had originally been written for singer Tina Turner. Coverdale confirmed these rumours in the booklet of Whitesnake '​s 20th anniversary edition, by saying:

"Before I'd left [for the south of France] a friend at EMI had asked me for any ideas that would work for Tina Turner. So that was where the original idea for 'Is This Love' came from."

"Is This Love" became one of the most popular Whitesnake songs. The song reached #87 on VH1's "100 Greatest Love Songs" list and #10 on their list of "Greatest Power Ballads".

The single was a hit for Whitesnake, reaching number 9 in the UK Singles Chart[1] and number 2 in the US singles chart,[2] making it their second-biggest US hit after "Here I Go Again" which hit number 1. The number 1 spot at the time was held by "Faith" by George Michael. The single was reissued in 1994 to promote Whitesnake's Greatest Hits, and featured the song "Sweet Lady Luck" (which was previously only available as B-side to "The Deeper the Love" single) and "Now You're Gone". This version reached number 25 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

A music video was also made, featuring Coverdale's then-girlfriend actress Tawny Kitaen. The music video depicts the band playing the song on a misty stage, intercut with scenes of Coverdale singing, Kitaen dancing and the two of them together.

The Audio Thieves featuring Uniting Nations covered this song in their 2006 album Dance Cover. Also in 2006, Thomas Anders covered the song for his album Songs Forever. The song was also covered in 2012 by Canadian-American dance artist Stacey Jackson.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Coverdale and John Sykes, except where noted.

  1. "Is This Love" – 4:48
  2. "Bad Boys" – 4:09 (Geffen)
  3. "Standing in the Shadow" – 3:53 (EMI) (Coverdale)