Higher Love

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"Higher Love"
Steve Winwood - Higher Love.jpeg
Single by Steve Winwood
from the album Back in the High Life
B-side"And I Go"
Released20 June 1986
Length5:45 (Album Version)
4:14 (Single Version)
LabelIslandIS 288
Producer(s)Russ Titelman
Steve Winwood singles chronology
"Higher Love"
"Freedom Overspill"
Audio sample
"Higher Love"

"Higher Love" is a 1986 song by English singer Steve Winwood.[1] It was the first single released from his fourth solo LP, Back in the High Life. It was written by Winwood and Will Jennings, and produced by Russ Titelman and Winwood. The female vocals on the song were performed by Chaka Khan, who also appeared in the promotional music video.

"Higher Love" was Winwood's first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, topping the chart for one week. It was preceded by Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" and followed by "Venus" by Bananarama. The song also spent four weeks atop the US Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. It peaked at number 13 in the United Kingdom, his highest charting solo hit there. It reached number 18 in South Africa.[2] It also earned two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

Music video[edit]

The music video, which uses the shorter single version, was shot in June 1986 by directors Peter Kagan and Paula Greif. The same duo shot an almost identical video for Duran Duran's "Notorious" in November of that year; coincidentally, both videos were nominated for several awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards though neither won. Chaka Khan appears in the video, as does Nile Rodgers, who plays guitar with the backing band.


Track listing[edit]

7": Island / IS 288 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Higher Love" - 4:14
  2. "And I Go" - 4:12

7": Island/ 7-28710 United States[edit]

  1. "Higher Love" - 4:14
  2. "And I Go" - 4:12

12": Island / 12 IS 288 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Higher Love" (Remix) - 7:45
  2. "Higher Love" (Instrumental) - 6:05
  3. "And I Go" 4:12

12": Island / PRO-A-2507 United States[edit]

  1. "Higher Love" (Edit) - 4:08
  2. "Higher Love" (LP Version) - 5:45
  • US Promo 12"

In media[edit]

"Higher Love" was featured in the closing credits of the 1988 Bette Midler - Lily Tomlin film Big Business.


Whitney Houston recorded a cover which appears on her 1990 I'm Your Baby Tonight album Japan edition, and produced by Narada Michael Walden.

James Vincent McMorrow recorded a cover for his We Don't Eat extended Play.

Nick Jonas covered the song for his 2004 album Nicholas Jonas.


  1. ^ "Steve Winwood". Billboard.
  2. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.

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