What Is Love (Haddaway song)

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"What Is Love"
Single by Haddaway
from the album Haddaway
B-side "Sing About Love"
Released 8 May 1993 (Europe)
3 September 1993 (US)
Format
Recorded 1992
Genre Eurodance[1]
Length 4:29
Label Coconut
Writer(s)
  • Dee Dee Halligan
  • Junior Torello
Producer(s)
  • Dee Dee Halligan
  • Junior Torello
Haddaway singles chronology
"What Is Love"
(1993)
"Life"
(1993)

"What Is Love" is a song recorded by Trinidadian-German Eurodance artist Haddaway. It was written and produced by Dee Dee Halligan (Dieter Lünstedt a.k.a. Tony Hendrik) and Junior Torello (Karin Hartmann-Eisenblätter a.k.a. Karin van Haaren) of Coconut Records in Cologne. Recorded in the early 1990s, it later experienced a revival as the song from the Saturday Night Live "Roxbury Guys" sketches, where two brothers played by Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell frequently went to dance clubs with a third person (including actors such as Sylvester Stallone and Jim Carrey), credited as "Barhop". These sketches were later made into the 1998 feature film A Night at the Roxbury but the "Barhop" role was dropped during the production of the film.

The song peaked at no. 2 in the United Kingdom and Germany, but it ranked higher at no. 1 in 13 other countries, all of them either European or Asian. The song reached no. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and no. 12 in Australia.

Track listings[edit]

"What Is Love"
CD single / 7"
  1. "What Is Love" – 4:28
  2. "Sing About Love" – 3:12
CD maxi – France
  1. "What Is Love" (7" mix) – 4:29
  2. "What Is Love" (12" mix) – 6:40
  3. "What Is Love" (club mix) – 5:02
  4. "Sing About Love" – 4:36
"What Is Love" – remix
CD single – France
  1. "What Is Love" (eat-this mix – radio edit) – 4:19
  2. "What Is Love" (refreshmento extro mix) – 3:52
CD maxi
  1. "What Is Love" – remix (eat-this mix) – 6:54
  2. "What Is Love" (tour de trance-mix) – 6:00
  3. "What Is Love" (7" mix) – 4:27
"What Is Love" – reloaded
CD maxi
  1. "What Is Love" – reloaded (video mix) – 3:16
  2. "What Is Love" – reloaded (reloaded mix) – 6:09
  3. "What Is Love" – reloaded (what is club mix) – 6:39
  4. "What Is Love" – reloaded (Jens O.'s hard remix) – 5:32
  5. "What Is Love" – reloaded (Nathan Jolly's NRG remix) – 6:48
  6. "What Is Love" – reloaded (radio edit) – 2:56
  7. "What Is Love" – reloaded (lunaris remix) – 6:21

Charts and sales[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"No Limit" by 2 Unlimited
French number-one single
17 July 1993 – 14 August 1993 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Darla dirladada" by GO Culture
Preceded by
"In Your Eyes" by Niamh Kavanagh
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
25 June 1993 – 9 July 1993 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes
Preceded by
"All That She Wants" by Ace of Base
Italian number one single
19 June 1993 – 10 July 1993 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"All That She Wants" by Ace of Base
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number one single
15 May 1993 – 19 June 1993 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Ain't Nothing to It" by Def Dames Dope
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number one single (first run)
22 May 1993 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Informer" by Snow
Austrian number one single
9 May 1993 – 4 July 1993 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Mr. Vain" by Culture Beat
Preceded by
"Informer" by Snow
Norwegian number one single
22/1993 – 29/1993 (8 weeks)
Swiss number-one single
13 June 1993 – 11 July 1993 (5 weeks)
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number one single (second run)
12 June 1993 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Cose della vita" by Eros Ramazzotti
Preceded by
"Mr. Blue" by René Klijn
Dutch Top 40 number one single
15 May 1993 – 19 June 1993 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You" by UB40
Single Top 100 number-one single
15 May 1993 – 19 June 1993 (6 weeks)
Preceded by
"Tribal Dance" by 2 Unlimited
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
12 June 1993 – 24 July 1993 (7 weeks)
Preceded by
"Sad but True" by Metallica
Finnish number-one single
18 March 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Onpa kadulla mittaa" by Kolmas Nainen
Preceded by
Five Live by George Michael and Queen with Lisa Stansfield
Spanish number-one single
7 August 1993 (1 week)
28 August 1993 – 11 September 1993 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
Five Live by George Michael and Queen with Lisa Stansfield
"Life" by Haddaway

Cover versions and sampling[edit]

  • In 1994, the Montenegrin singer Knez sampled this song on 1994 single Kao magija from his same-titled debut album.
  • In 2006, Finnish rock band Leningrad Cowboys made a hard rock cover of the song, for their album Zombies Paradise
  • In 2007, the song has been covered by indie band The Gossip, with lead singer Beth Ditto changing the lyrics to "When Is Lunch?, Baby I'm Hungry, I'm Hungry, For More".[48]
  • In 2009, singer and songwriter Diane Birch completely rearranged the song,[49][50] that later was featured on Billboard magazine's Mashup Monday in 2010.[51]
  • In 2010, Sharaya J sampled the chorus for her performance on Missy Elliott's European tour.[52]
  • In 2010, Swedish boy band E.M.D. released a piano ballad version of "What Is Love" as the second single from their upcoming sophomore studio album Rewind.[53]
  • In 2010, American rapper Eminem sampled the song for the single "No Love" from his 7th studio album, Recovery
  • In 2012, it was covered by Paige Thomas on The X Factor in a contemporary dance-pop arrangement.[54]
  • In 2013, it was used on the fictional radio station "The Mix 107.77" in the action-adventure open-world video game Saints Row IV.
  • In 2013, it was covered by the band Foolstop. It was recorded in a rock style.[55]
  • In 2014, Canadian singer Kiesza did a "piano-and-synth cover" of the song.[56]

Klaas version[edit]

In 2009, German DJ Klaas remixed the song under the title "Klaas meets Haddaway – What Is Love 2K9". This remix charted in several European countries.

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[57] 37
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[58] 13
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[59] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[60] 41
France (SNEP)[61] 5
Germany (Media Control Charts)[62] 60
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[63] 49

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