Better Be Good to Me

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"Better Be Good to Me"
U.S. 12-inch vinyl single
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Private Dancer
B-side "When I Was Young"
Released September 12, 1984
Recorded 1984
Length 5:09
Label Capitol
Producer(s) Rupert Hine
Tina Turner singles chronology
"What's Love Got to Do with It"
"Better Be Good to Me"
"Private Dancer"

"Better Be Good to Me" is a hit rock song, written by Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn and Holly Knight, featured on Tina Turner's fifth studio album, Private Dancer (1984). The song had originally been released in 1981 by Spider, a band from New York City with co-writer Holly Knight as a member. The Turner version was successful in the United States on the Hot 100 and the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and number six on the US R&B/Hip-hop chart. At the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985, this song won Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female, one of four Grammys won by Turner in that ceremony.[1]

The song was featured in the tenth episode of Miami Vice and was included on the first volume of the Miami Vice soundtrack.

Music video[edit]

In the video Tina Turner is seen performing this song on stage. She is wearing a black leather jacket, and black skin tight knee length leather pants, with leopard print high heels and spikey blond hair. Towards the end of the song a man appears on stage (Cy Curnin of The Fixx), grabs Tina's arms and Tina looks him in the eyes and sings the words "Why can't you be good to me?" to him and then pushes the man away. At the end of the video Tina disappears under the stage in a puff of smoke. Both Curnin and the guitarist in the video, Jamie West-Oram (also of The Fixx), perform on the Private Dancer album.

Versions and remixes[edit]

  • 7" edit – 3:39
  • Album version – 5:09
  • Extended 12" Remix – 7:47
  • Extended 12" Remix (Private Dancer EMI Cententary Remaster Edit) – 7:03

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984/85) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 5
US Cash Box[2] --
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 6
US Hot Dance/Club Play Tracks 16
Canada 6
Ireland 21
New Zealand 22
Australia 28
US Mainstream Rock Tracks 32
Dutch Top 40 36
Dutch Single Top 100[3] 22
Belgium Ultratop[4] 33
Germany 52

In Popular Culture[edit]

Paul Rudd lip-synched the song for The Tonight Show. [5]


  1. ^ "27th Annual Grammy Awards - 1985". Rock On The Net. 1985-02-26. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  2. ^ "Song Artist Tina Turner". Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Official Single Top 100 Website". Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Official Ultratop Website". Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  5. ^

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