What's Love Got to Do with It (song)

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"What's Love Got to Do with It"
What's Love Got to Do With It Tina Turner US vinyl 7-inch.jpg
US and Canadian 7-inch vinyl single
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Private Dancer
B-side
  • "Don't Rush the Good Things" (UK)
  • "Rock and Roll Widow" (US)
ReleasedMay 1, 1984[1]
Format
Recorded1984
Genre
Length3:48
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Terry Britten
Tina Turner singles chronology
"Help!"
(1984)
"What's Love Got to Do with It"
(1984)
"Better Be Good to Me"
(1984)
Audio sample
What's Love Got to Do with It

"What's Love Got to Do with It" is a song recorded by the American singer Tina Turner, released in 1984. It was taken from her fifth solo album, Private Dancer and became Turner's most successful single.

Although Turner had already scored a UK Top 10 and US Top 30 hit some months earlier with her rendition of "Let's Stay Together", "What's Love Got to Do with It" gave Turner her first and only US number one. The song ranked number 309 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". It also ranked number 38 on the Songs of the Century list. It was the second-biggest single of 1984 in the US and the 17th-biggest in the United Kingdom. In 1993, the song's title was used as the title for the biographical film about Turner's life.

In 2012, "What's Love Got to Do with It" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame[2] giving Turner her third Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

Background[edit]

The song was written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, who originally offered it to Cliff Richard, but it was rejected. It was then given to Phyllis Hyman, who wanted to do the song, but Arista Records head Clive Davis would not allow her. The song then was offered to Donna Summer, who has stated that she sat with it for a couple of years but never recorded it.[citation needed] Some months before Turner recorded the song, the British pop group Bucks Fizz were offered it. Member Jay Aston requested to sing lead on the track after hearing the demo, but was told by the producer that it was unsuitable for a female lead vocal. The group went on to record it in February 1984, but sung by male groupmember Bobby G.[3] Aston recalls that the demo was very similar to the eventual Tina Turner version, but their finished version was in a very different style.[4] It was intended for possible inclusion on their next album I Hear Talk but was shelved when Turner released her version first. The Bucks Fizz version went unreleased until it was included on a re-issue of their Are You Ready album in 2000. The Original Bucks Fizz went on to include the song in their reunion concert tour in October 2009.

The name of the song was used as the title of a 1993 film depicting the early career of Tina Turner, in which the abusive relationship between Tina and Ike Turner was depicted.

Composition[edit]

The song is performed in the key of G minor with a tempo of 97.862 beats per minute in common time. The key transposes to B minor after the second chorus. Turner's vocals span from D3 to C5.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Up until the release of "What's Love Got to Do with It", Tina Turner had not had a US top-ten single since the early 1970s. The single went to number one[6] on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for three weeks, giving Turner her first and only solo number-one hit in the U.S. Turner was 44 when the song hit number one, at the time making her the oldest female solo artist to place a number-one single on the US Hot 100. Grace Slick, who is older than Turner by about one month, hit number one in 1985, 1986 and 1987 with "We Built This City", "Sara" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", respectively, as a member of Starship. In 1999, Cher, at age 53, became the oldest woman – solo or as part of a group – to have a US number-one hit with her song "Believe". The song also spent five weeks at number 2 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart, from July 14 to August 18, 1984; it was kept from the top spot by "When Doves Cry" by Prince (another Hot 100 number-one single). At the end of the year, the song was ranked the second-best performing song of 1984 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 behind "When Doves Cry".

Worldwide, the song did well on the music charts, reaching number one in Australia and Canada. It peaked at number 3 in New Zealand and on the UK Singles Chart, becoming her highest-charting single on the latter chart alongside "River Deep – Mountain High" and "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)".[7] Elsewhere, the song reached the top 10 in many European countries, including the top 5 in Ireland, Sweden, and Austria. It also reached number 2 in South Africa.[8]

Versions and remixes[edit]

  • Album version – 3:48
  • Extended remix – 5:43

Music video[edit]

The music video features Turner walking down the street engaging with the public, intercut with scenes where she is singing directly to camera. The video was shot in New York City during the spring of 1984. The music video also features Sleepaway Camp 2's Pamela Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen's sister, as a street dancer. The video was directed by Mark Robinson.

An alternate black and white video directed by Bud Schaetzle features Tina singing the song against a black background while couples argue in a bar.

Awards[edit]

The song received three awards at the 1985 Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Turner's live performance of the song at the Grammy show was released on the 1994 album Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume I.[9]

The music video for the song claimed a prize at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1985 for "Best Female Video".

In 2012, "What's Love Got to Do with It" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[10] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 20
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[13] 1
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[14] 7
Canada (The Record)[15] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[16] 26
France (SNEP)[17] 21
Germany (Official German Charts)[18] 7
Ireland (IRMA)[19] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[21] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[22] 10
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[8] 2
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[23] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[27] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[28] 8
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[29] 21
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[29] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[10] 22
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[30] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[31] 35
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[32] 13
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[33] 76
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[34] 20
US Billboard Hot 100[35] 2
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[35] 50
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[35] 3
Chart (1985) Position
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[36] 14

Decade-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980–1989) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[citation needed] 20

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[37] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Silver 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[39] Gold 500,000^

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

Warren G version[edit]

"What's Love Got to Do with It"
What's Love Got to Do with It.jpg
Single by Warren G featuring Adina Howard
from the album Supercop (soundtrack) and Take a Look Over Your Shoulder
ReleasedSeptember 3, 1996
FormatVinyl, Cassette, CD
Recorded1996
GenreR&B, west coast hip hop
Length4:17
LabelMCA/Interscope
Songwriter(s)Terry Britten, Graham Lyle, Warren Griffin
Producer(s)Warren G
Warren G singles chronology
"Do You See"
(1994)
"What's Love Got to Do with It"
(1996)
"I Shot the Sheriff"
(1997)

"What's Love Got to Do with It" was also recorded by American artists Warren G and Adina Howard for the Supercop soundtrack. The song both sampled and interpolated the chorus of Tina Turner's 1984 song of the same name, though Warren G replaced the original lyrics with his own. "What's Love Got to Do with It" became a hit, making it to 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Warren G's third top-forty single, as well as number five on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart. The single found greater success outside the US, peaking at number one in New Zealand, number two in Australia, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and reaching the top 10 in an additional seven countries.

Music video[edit]

A music video (directed by Joseph Kahn) was produced to promote the single, featuring footage of Warren G and Adina Howard performing the song, with clips from the film Police Story 3: Super Cop. Jackie Chan also appears near the end of the video, dancing along with the artists.

Track listing[edit]

A-side

  1. "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (album version) – 4:17
  2. "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (clean radio version) – 4:17

B-side

  1. "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (a cappella) – 4:15
  2. "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (instrumental) – 4:15

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[40] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[41] 5
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[42] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[43] 29
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[44] 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[45] 14
France (SNEP)[46] 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[47] 3
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[48] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[49] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[50] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[51] 9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[52] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[53] 7
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[54] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[55] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[56] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[57] 2
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[58] 5
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[59] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[60] 32
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[61] 36
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[62] 5
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[63] 27

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
Australia (ARIA)[64] 9
France (SNEP)[65] 86
Germany (Official German Charts)[66] 45
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[67] 30
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[68] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[69] 45

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[64] Platinum 70,000^
Germany (BVMI)[70] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[71] Platinum 10,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[72] Gold 5,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[73] Silver 200,000^

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

See also[edit]

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