Higher Love

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"Higher Love"
Steve Winwood - Higher Love.jpeg
Single cover
Single by Steve Winwood
from the album Back in the High Life
B-side"And I Go"
Released20 June 1986
Format
RecordedUnique Recording Studio
New York, Autumn 1985
Genre
Length
  • 5:45 (album version)
  • 4:14 (single version)
LabelIsland – IS 288
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Russ Titelman
Steve Winwood singles chronology
"Valerie"
(1982)
"Higher Love"
(1986)
"Freedom Overspill"
(1986)
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 and earned two Grammy Awards, for Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. It also peaked at number 13 in the United Kingdom, Winwood's highest charting solo hit there, and reached number one in Canada for a week.

Whitney Houston covered the song in 1990 and it was included as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of her third studio album I'm Your Baby Tonight. In June 2019, Norwegian DJ Kygo reworked Houston's cover into a tropical house track and it was released as a single worldwide,[2] and on August 21, 2019, their version hit #1 on Billboard magazine's Dance Club Songs chart, making it Houston's highest-charting posthumous release to date.

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 listings[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Winwood – lead and backing vocals, synthesizer, sequencer programming and drum machine programming
  • Robbie Kilgore – synthesizer and sequencer programming
  • Andrew Thomas – PPG Waveterm synthesizer programming
  • David Frank – synthesizer horns and synth horn arrangement
  • Philippe Saisse – synthesizer bass
  • Eddie Martinez – lead guitar
  • Nile Rodgers – rhythm guitar
  • John Robinson – drums
  • Jimmy Bralower – drum machine programming
  • Carole Steele – congas, tambourine
  • Chaka Khan – backing vocals

Charts and certifications[edit]

Kygo and Whitney Houston version[edit]

"Higher Love"
Kygo and Whitney Houston - Higher Love.png
Single by Kygo and Whitney Houston
Released28 June 2019 (2019-06-28)
Format
Recorded
  • December 1989
    (Houston's vocals)
  • December 2018
    (Kygo's arrangement)
GenreTropical house[20]
Length3:48
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kygo singles chronology
"Kem kan eg ringe"
(2019)
"Higher Love"
(2019)
Whitney Houston singles chronology
"Memories"
(2016)
"Higher Love"
(2019)
Music video
"Higher Love" on YouTube

A cover of "Higher Love" was released as a single by Norwegian record producer Kygo and late American singer Whitney Houston in June 2019. The song was released to streaming and digital download formats on 28 June 2019, by label RCA Records. The song marks Houston's first posthumous release in two and a half years, following the song "Memories" which was released as a duet with Malaysian singer Siti Nurhaliza in December 2016.

Houston's cover of the Winwood track originally featured on the Japanese edition of her third studio album, I'm Your Baby Tonight (1990). This version of the track was produced by American musician Narada Michael Walden, and therefore Walden is credited as a producer of "Higher Love" alongside Kygo.[21][22] Houston performed "Higher Love" at concerts during her 1990 Feels So Right Tour in Japan.

In the UK, Higher Love was a commercial success, peaking at number two in the UK Singles Chart, behind Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy's "Take Me Back to London", making it Kygo's third top ten hit and first top 5 hit, and Houston's eighteenth top 10 hit. It is also Houston's first posthumous top 10 hit. The single also peaked at number one in Scotland. Houston had last reached the UK top five with "Million Dollar Bill" in October 2009. Therefore, "Higher Love" became Houston's highest-charting single since 1999 when "My Love Is Your Love" peaked at number 2.

Since its release, "Higher Love" has reached the top five in Israel, Norway, and Ireland, plus the top ten in Belgium, Hungary, Sweden and Switzerland. It also hit the top twenty charts in Australia, Austria, and in the Kingdom of Eswatini. In the US, Higher Love debuted at number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100, with 6.6 million US streams in its first week.[23] The song also topped Billboards Dance Club Songs chart in the US, becoming Kygo's third number one on this chart, also giving Houston her fourteenth chart-topper on this chart.[24]

Music video[edit]

The official video was made available on YouTube on 26 August 2019 and features a female dance class led by an instructor (played by Riverdale's Vanessa Morgan) who are rehearsing while being observed by a man and his friends. After initially being shooed away, the male lead changes into dance gear to the amusement of the women before dancing with the female lead. He is eventually joined by his male companions who also enthusiastically begin dancing with the other female dancers. The video is set in the 1980s and has brief snippets of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" video showing on a TV along with posters of her from her 1987 Whitney album era on the wall.

Personnel[edit]

  • Whitney Houston – lead vocals, backing vocals, vocal production
  • Narada Michael Walden and Whitney Houston – backing vocals arrangement
  • Kygo – producer, remixer, arranger
  • Narada Michael Walden – producer, arranger
  • Claytoven Richardson, Cynthia Shiloh, Greg "Gigi" Gonaway, Jeanie Tracy, Larry Batiste
    Raz Kennedy, Skyler Jett, Sylvester Jackson, Tina Thompson – backing vocals

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[25] 20
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[26] 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[27] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[28] 19
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[29] 22
China Airplay/FL (Billboard)[30] 16
Croatia (HRT)[31] 4
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[32] 18
Denmark (Tracklisten)[33] 28
Estonia (Eesti Ekspress)[34] 23
France (SNEP)[35] 83
Germany (Official German Charts)[36] 22
Greece International Digital (IFPI Greece)[37] 35
Hungary (Single Top 40)[38] 10
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[39] 19
Ireland (IRMA)[40] 4
Israel (Media Forest)[41] 3
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[42] 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[43] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[44] 29
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[45] 26
Norway (VG-lista)[46] 2
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[47] 51
Portugal (AFP)[48] 93
Romania (Airplay 100)[49] 40
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[50] 1
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[51] 10
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[52] 13
Slovenia (SloTop50)[53] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[54] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[55] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[56] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[57] 63
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[58] 17
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[59] 32
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[60] 1
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[61] 2
US Rolling Stone Top 100[62] 26

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[63] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[64] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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