Simply the Best (Tina Turner album)

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Simply the Best
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Greatest hits album by Tina Turner
Released October 22, 1991
Recorded 1973–1991
Genre
Label Capitol
Tina Turner chronology
Foreign Affair
(1989)Foreign Affair1989
Simply the Best
(1991)
What's Love Got to Do with It
(1993)What's Love Got to Do with It1993
Singles from Simply the Best
  1. "Nutbush City Limits (The 90s Version)"
    Released: October 14, 1991
  2. "Way of the World"
    Released: November 1991
  3. "Love Thing"
    Released: 1992
  4. "I Want You Near Me"
    Released: 1992
  5. "(Simply) The Best"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]

Simply the Best is the first greatest hits compilation by Tina Turner and was released on October 22, 1991.

Overview[edit]

The album includes Turner's most popular hits since her comeback in the early-mid 1980s. It also includes three new songs that were previously unreleased; "Love Thing" (UK Airplay #13), "I Want You Near Me" (#22 UK), and "Way of the World" (UK Airplay #6 and UK #13) as well as a re-recorded dance version of Turner's classic "Nutbush City Limits", all of which were also issued as singles in 1991 and 1992. The album is Turner's biggest seller in the UK where it is one of the best selling albums of all time for sales in excess of 2.4 million copies.[3] It was certified 8x platinum in the UK and stayed on the UK charts for over 140 weeks. The album sold over 7 million copies worldwide.[4]

The compilation was released with a different track listing in the US with the songs "Addicted to Love (Live)" and "Be Tender With Me Baby" being replaced by "What You Get Is What You See" and "Look Me in the Heart". In Australia, a limited edition of the album was also released and features a five track bonus disc. It includes a re-recording of "The Best" as a duet with Jimmy Barnes, which was retitled "(Simply) The Best" and was released as a single, as well as a fourth new song called "I'm a Lady", which was released in other regions as the B-side to "Love Thing".

Track listing[edit]

Original version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Best" (7" edit) Chapman, Knight 4:10
2. "What's Love Got to Do with It" Britten, Lyle 3:50
3. "I Can't Stand the Rain" Bryant, Miller, Peebles 3:44
4. "I Don't Wanna Lose You" Hammond, Lyle 4:18
5. "Nutbush City Limits" (The 90s Version) Turner 3:44
6. "Let's Stay Together" (7" edit) Green, Jackson, Mitchell 3:39
7. "Private Dancer" (7" edit) Knopfler 4:01
8. "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" (7" edit) Britten, Lyle 4:14
9. "Better Be Good to Me" (7" edit) Chapman, Chinn, Knight 3:40
10. "River Deep – Mountain High" (Ike & Tina Turner) Barry, Greenwich, Spector 3:37
11. "Steamy Windows" White 4:02
12. "Typical Male" Britten, Lyle 4:14
13. "It Takes Two" (with Rod Stewart) Moy, Stevenson 4:13
14. "Addicted to Love" (Live in London, England, 1986) Palmer 5:10
15. "Be Tender with Me Baby" David, Hammond 4:17
16. "I Want You Near Me" Britten, Lyle 3:53
17. "Way of the World" Hammond, Lyle 4:19
18. "Love Thing" Hammond, Knight 4:28

UK Double LP (ESTV 1-1 & 1-2) version[5][edit]

US version[edit]

Australian version[edit]

B-sides[edit]

Title Single(s)
"Nutbush City Limits" ('91) "Nutbush City Limits" (The 90s Version)
"I'm a Lady" "Love Thing" and "(Simply) The Best"
"Let's Dance" (Live) "I Want You Near Me"

Charts[edit]

All-time charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC) 55

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[42] Platinum 60,000^
Australia (ARIA)[31] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[43] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Belgium (BEA)[44] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[45] Gold 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[46] Platinum 58,539[46]
France (SNEP)[47] Gold 139,900[48]
Germany (BVMI)[49] 3× Gold 750,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[50] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[51] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[52] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[53] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[54] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[55] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[56] 8× Platinum 2,170,000[57]
United States (RIAA)[58] Platinum 1,733,000[59]
Summaries
Worldwide 10,000,000[4]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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