What's Love Got to Do with It (song)

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"What's Love Got to Do with It"
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Private Dancer
B-side "Don't Rush the Good Things"
Released June 4, 1984[1]
Format Cassette single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1984
Length 3:48
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Terry Britten, Graham Lyle
Producer(s) Terry Britten
Certification Gold (RIAA), Silver (BPI)[2]
Tina Turner singles chronology
"What's Love Got to Do with It"
"Better Be Good to Me"
Music sample

"What's Love Got to Do with It" is the second single (after "Let's Stay Together") released from Tina Turner's fifth solo album Private Dancer, released in 1984. In Europe, it was the third single following Turner's cover of The Beatles' "Help!". "What's Love Got to Do with It" became Turner's most successful single.

Turner had previously released two solo albums while still with her husband and musical partner Ike Turner. She split from him in 1976 and divorced him in 1978. Following the divorce, she released two more solo albums, both of which failed on the charts. However, "What's Love Got to Do with It", from her fifth solo album, reached the top five in both the United States and United Kingdom. The music video was directed by Mark Robinson[disambiguation needed]. The song ranked #309 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". It also ranked #38 on Songs of the Century. It was the 17th best-selling single of 1984 in the United Kingdom. In 1993, the song's name was used as the title for What's Love Got to Do with It, a biographical film about Tina Turner's life. The song was originally recorded by UK pop group Bucks Fizz, whose version remained unreleased until 2000.[3]

In 2012, "What's Love Got to Do with It" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame[4] giving Turner her 3rd Grammy Hall of Fame Award and her 11th Grammy Award.


This song was originally written for Cliff Richard, however the song was rejected. It was then given to Phyllis Hyman, who wanted to do the song. But Arista Records head, Clive Davis wouldn't allow her. The song then was offered to Donna Summer, who has stated she sat with it for a couple of years but never recorded it.[citation needed] Some months before Turner recorded the song, British pop group Bucks Fizz were newly 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 member Bobby G.[5] Aston recalls that the demo was very similar to the eventual Tina Turner version, but their finished version was in a very different style.[6] It was intended for possible inclusion on their next album I Hear Talk but was shelved when Turner released it 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.

Chart information[edit]

Up until the release of "What's Love Got to Do with It", Tina Turner had not had a top ten single since the early 1970s. The single went to #1[7] on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for three weeks, becoming Turner's first and only solo number-one hit in America. It peaked at #3 on the UK singles chart. Tina Turner, along with then-husband Ike, first charted in the United States in 1960 with the single "A Fool in Love". "What's Love Got to Do with It" went to number-one in the United States on September 1, 1984, 24 years afterward. Another notable fact is that Turner was 44 when the song hit number one, making her the oldest solo female artist to place a number-one single on the US Hot 100. (Grace Slick, who is older than Turner by about one month, hit #1 in 1985 and 1987 with "We Built This City" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", respectively, although she was not a solo act on those recordings but instead a member of Starship). In 1999, Cher at age 53 became the oldest solo female to have a US number-one hit when "Believe" hit the top position in America.

Versions and remixes[edit]

  • Album version – 3:48
  • Extended Remix – 5:43

Music video[edit]

The music video features Turner walking down the street engaging with the public, intercut with scenes where she is singing directly to the viewers. The video was shot in New York City during the summer of 1984. The music video also features Sleepaway Camp 2's Pamela Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen's sister, as a street dancer.


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.[8]

The music video for the song claimed a prize at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1985 for "Best Female Video".

In 2012, "What's Love Got to Do with It" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

In popular culture[edit]

The song was also used on the 1980s television series Miami Vice season one episode "Calderone's Return, Part II".

The title is mentioned in the Mr. Bungle song "Love is a Fist" in 1991.

In a Sex and the City season four episode the song's title was parodied as "What's Sex Got to Do with It".

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peakposition
Australian Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 4
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Top 100 Chart[9] 10
German Singles Chart 7
Irish Singles Chart 4
New Zealand Singles Chart 3
Norweigen Singles Chart 10
South African Singles Chart 2
Spanish Singles Chart 2
Swedish Singles Chart 4
Swiss Singles Chart 8
UK Singles Chart 3
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US R&B Singles Chart 2
US Adult Contemporary 8
US Dance Club Songs 21

End-of-decade charts[edit]

End of decade (1980–1989) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 20
Chart (1996) Peakposition
Billboard Hot 100 32
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 36
Billboard Hot Rap Singles 5
Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 27


Warren G version[edit]

"What's Love Got to Do with It"
Single by Warren G featuring Adina Howard
from the album Supercop
Released September 10, 1996
Format Vinyl, Cassette, CD
Recorded 1996
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:17
Label MCA/Interscope
Writer(s) Terry Britten, Graham Lyle, Warren Griffin
Producer(s) Warren G
Warren G singles chronology
"Do You See"(1994) "What's Love Got to Do with It"(1996) "I Shot the Sheriff"(1997)

"What's Love Got to Do with It" is a song by American artist Warren G and Adina Howard from the Supercop soundtrack. The song both sampled and interpolated the chorus of Tina Turner's classic 1984 song of the same name, though Warren G replaced Turner's 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.

Music Video[edit]

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.

Single track listing[edit]


  1. "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (Album Version)- 4:17
  2. "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (Clean Radio Version)- 4:17


  1. "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (Acapella)- 4:15
  2. "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (Instrumental)- 4:15


Chart (1996) Peakposition
Australia (ARIA)[10] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 5
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[12] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[13] 29
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[14] 14
France (SNEP)[15] 9
Germany (Media Control Charts)[16] 3
Ireland (IRMA) 7
Italy (FIMI)[17] 14
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[18] 9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[20] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 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

Cover versions[edit]

  • Trombonist Ray Conniff recorded the song for an album in 1985.
  • Reggae performer Sylvia Tella recorded a very different working of the song in 2003.[23]
  • US singer Tiffany recorded a version for a various artists tribute album in 2004.[24]
  • In February 25, 2013, Dianna Agron featuring A House For Lions sang this song for You, Me & Charlie Concert.[26]


  1. ^ British release date[dead link]
  2. ^ "BPI certification Database". BPI. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  3. ^ Bucks Fizz - Are You Ready reissue (sleeve notes)
  4. ^ Grammy http://www.grammy.org/recording-academy/awards/hall-of-fame#w |url= missing title (help). 
  5. ^ Are You Ready re-issue sleeve notes, October 2000
  6. ^ "The Original Bucks Fizz in conversation - official site". Theoriginalbucksfizz.org. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  7. ^ "Tina Turner Music News & Info". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  8. ^ "Grammy's Greatest Moments, Volume 1: Various Artists". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  9. ^ "Official Dutch Charts Website". Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  10. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  11. ^ "Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ "Warren G feat. Adina Howard: What's Love Got to Do with It" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It" (in French). Les classement single.
  16. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  17. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: W". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Warren G feat. Adina Howard search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It". Top 40 Singles.
  20. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It". VG-lista.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It". Singles Top 60.
  22. ^ "Warren G feat. Adina Howard – What's Love Got to Do with It – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  23. ^ Allmusic - Sylvia Tella version
  24. ^ Allmusic - What's Love? A Tribute to Tina Turner
  25. ^ iTunes Store, American Idol Performance - Single.
  26. ^ YM&C Concert Recap youmeandcharlie.com. Retrieved 2013-02-28
Preceded by
"Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr.
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Tina Turner version)
September 1, 1984 - September 15, 1984
Succeeded by
"Missing You" by John Waite
Preceded by
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
September 10, 1984
Succeeded by
"Careless Whisper" by George Michael
Preceded by
"Twisted" by Keith Sweat
RIANZ (New Zealand) number one single (Warren G version)
October 18, 1996 - November 15, 1996
Succeeded by
"Wannabe" by Spice Girls