Something to Talk About (Bonnie Raitt song)

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"Something to Talk About"
Something to Talk About (Bonnie Raitt song) coverart.jpg
Single by Bonnie Raitt
from the album Luck of the Draw
ReleasedMay 20, 1991 (1991-05-20)[1]
FormatCD single, cassette
RecordedNovember 1990 – February 1991
GenreBlues rock
Songwriter(s)Shirley Eikhard
Producer(s)Bonnie Raitt, Don Was
Bonnie Raitt singles chronology
"Something to Talk About"
"I Can't Make You Love Me"

"Something to Talk About" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Shirley Eikhard and recorded by Bonnie Raitt in 1990, for her 1991 album Luck of the Draw. It was released to U.S. radio on June 3, 1991.[2] Three single versions were released: the promo b/w the same song; the 7" single b/w "One Part Be My Lover" a song written by Raitt with her then husband actor Michael O'Keefe, which was also off Luck of the Draw; and a 12" single with these two songs and "I Ain’t Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again" off her previous album Nick of Time. In turn, this song was included on the EP version of Raitt’s 2000 single of "The Fundamental Things" taken from her 1998 album Fundamental. It was also included in 2003’s greatest hits compilation The Best of Bonnie Raitt. Live versions also appeared on 1995’s Road Tested and 2006’s Bonnie Raitt and Friends.


Anne Murray wanted to record this song in 1986, but her producers did not think it would be a hit. She still called the album that she released that year Something to Talk About even though it did not include this song.[3]

Music video[edit]

The video for the song was directed by Matt Mahurin. It features Raitt with two guitarists performing the song at a community event, while scenes showing older couples dancing, people in silly wardrobe acting goofy for a film crew, and many people in a swimming pool.

Chart performance[edit]

The song was popular on multiple formats of radio: it peaked at number 5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, number 12 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, and number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is one of Bonnie Raitt's most popular songs, along with "I Can't Make You Love Me".

Track listing[edit]

7" Single (1991)

  1. "Something to Talk About" – 3:47
  2. "One Part Be My Lover" – 5:06


Nominations and awards[edit]

Raitt won the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1992 for her recording of this song (Oleta Adams, Mariah Carey, Amy Grant and Whitney Houston were the other finalists). The track also received a nomination for Record of the Year, losing to "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole.[16]

Cover versions[edit]

Year Singer/group Album Comments
1998 Willie Clayton Something to Talk About[17]
2000 Tom Ball, Kenny Blackwell, Dennis "Cannonball" Caplinger, Tom Corbett, Rudi Ekstein, Curtis Jones, John Moore, Bob Nichols, David West and Gabe Witcher Angel from Montgomery: Bluegrass Celebrates Bonnie Rait
2003 St. Lawrence University Sinners Sing
2005 Wenche I’m a Country Girl
2006 Yester, Belland & Somerville Triple Gold
2007 Eddie Levert Sr. & Gerald Levert Something to Talk About
2007 SHeDAISY The Guardian Soundtrack
2007 Melanie Joy Hall Falling to the Moon
2007 Sanjaya Malakar American Idol Season 6: Greatest Hits: Collector's Edition
2009 Heidi Ellis Maritime Idol 2008
2010 Note-oriety Get Gone
  • a cappella version
2012 X-Factors The Pink Album
  • a cappella version
2013 Jennifer Love Hewitt N/A
  • sung on her show "The Client List"
2017 Britney Spears N/A

"Something to Talk About" was utilized as the theme for the 1995 sitcom Women of the House (CBS-TV): this version was sung by the song's composer Shirley Eikhard.

In 2007, the country music group SHeDAISY recorded a cover of "Something to Talk About" for the soundtrack to the film The Guardian.

The song has been performed numerous times on American Idol, including by Kimberly Caldwell in season 2, Fantasia Barrino in season 3, Kellie Pickler in season 5 and Sanjaya Malakar in season 6. Sanjaya changed "how about love" from the chorus to "other than hair" during his farewell performance.

David Cross and Jon Benjamin perform a live duet on the 2007 DVD The Comedians Of Comedy: Live at the Troubadour. It was sung by Will Ferrell in the 2008 film Step Brothers and also featured in the 1995 film Something to Talk About starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid.

Also, in 2008, the song was covered by Daryl Hall on his video podcast show, Live From Daryl's House with special guest, KT Tunstall.[18]

In August 2017, Britney Spears covered the song during her Las Vegas residency show Britney: Piece of Me.


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  11. ^ "Bonnie Raitt Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  12. ^ "Bonnie Raitt Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  13. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1991". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  14. ^ "RPM 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 1991". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1991". Retrieved September 15, 2009.
  16. ^ "34th Annual Grammy Awards – 1992". Rock On The Net. 1992-02-25. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  17. ^ Hamilton, Andrew (1998-06-02). "Something to Talk About – Willie Clayton : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  18. ^ "KT Tunstall & Daryl Hall [Part 1 of 5] – Something To Talk About [Live From Daryl's House]". 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2014-11-15.

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